Philips Unveils A Universal Android Speaker Dock

The Android market is, as we all know, woefully fragmented. Thankfully, Philips has finally figured out how to make a standalone speaker system that can connect to any Android device, regardless of manufacturer.

The Philips Fidelio series comprises three tiers of devices, the flagship AS851 model and two smaller versions. The AS851 features 30W speakers, a multi-position micro USB port, five-band equaliser and remote. The micro USB port can be reconfigured to fit any brand of Android phone, yet isn't actually used to play music — really it's only for charging the device. Instead, users are expected to rely on the Philips Fidelio App that wirelessly streams music from the device via a Bluetooth connection. Huzzah?

The AS851 retails for £199 and is on sale as of today. It's not quite as elegant solution as virtually anything that comes out of Cupertino, but is handy for households (like mine) that don't use Apple.

[Philips via PC Advisor]


Comments

    Not the most elegant solution, but I like it =D

    Or you could just use any bluetooth speakers and not have to dock at all?

      And watch your battery drain away or have to connect it to a separate charger!

    Get over the stupid "fragmented" crap already. Everyone is sick of hearing about it.

    Holy crap, there exists multiple versions of an OS, and not all apps run on older versions. And this is supposedly different to any other platform?

      Greg, the idea here is that the hardware is "fragmented" too. there is no universal dock connector on Android devices, and as a result, making hardware that is compatible with all devices is extremely difficult, as opposed to apples system which, while proprietary, is consistent in location on every single device. yep.

        there is a universal dock connector, but the location on the handset is the problem.

        Because Bluetooth audio is so difficult to support? Get real.

    The Pc market place is more Fragmented with muitible os's tons of different os's (win 95-7) as well as apple (wha?) Macs used to run on Motarola (and then ibm) powerpc risc chips. yet noone blabs on about them.

    and this is a speaker dock is a good solution to the problem of no speaker docks for android... provided you have a micro usb port. and would appear to be compatible with the cases for said android devises.

    Excuse me if I've missed something, But where can you buy these?

      Yah. I'm in Australia and am unable to find a supplier of this product. Or indeed any other product that suits a Samsung Galaxy S11. Has Phillips released this product in Australia????

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