Las Vegas - A tabletop docking-speaker system designed by Digital Innovations for Android smartphones doesn't use Bluetooth but delivers IR-remote control of phone-stored music.
The $99-suggested Speaker Dock For Android charges almost any Android phone via its MicroUSB port. Music streams to the speaker via the phone's 3.5mm headphone output. The dock's MicroUSB connector is connected to a cable that retracts into the dock's chassis. A 3.5mm audio jack is connected to the end of another retractable cable to plug into the phone's headphone output.
To control the docked Android phone via IR remote, users install a free app onto the phone, delivering control over the music player's volume, skip up/down, play, and pause. Music playback must first be started from the phone's user interface.
The same functions can also be controlled from buttons on the dock's chassis.
The dock's cables are 8 inches long, enabling users to cradle a phone in portrait or landscape mode regardless of the location of the phone's MicroUSB port and headphone output, the company said.
The area where the phone is cradled supports Android phones with protective cases and helps hide the cables.
The dock's 2.1-speaker system delivers 2x3 watts to the left-right drivers and 10 watts to a subwoofer.
Other Android-specific speaker docks also use MicroUSB ports to charge the docked phone, but those models use stereo Bluetooth to stream music from the phone to the speaker, requiting users to first pair the phone with the dock.