LAS VEGAS —
iLuv has joined a handful of docking- speaker suppliers targeting the growing ranks of Android smartphone users with the launch of the Mobi-Air iMM377 docking speaker.
The speaker connects to most smartphones via their MicroUSB port for charging and uses stereo Bluetooth to stream audio from the smartphone to the speaker. The speaker also doubles as a handsfree speaker phone. It’s tentatively targeted to retail for a suggested $89.99.
The speaker connects to Android phones’ microUSB port for charging, and iLuv is testing whether it will charge all Black- Berry and Windows phones through their MicroUSB ports.
To connect to a smartphone’s MicroUSB port, the iMM377 features a sliding MicroUSB connector that slides left and right to connect to most smartphones’ 5-watt MicroUSB port. The phone’s MicroUSB port can be on the top, bottom or sides of a phone or to the left, center or right side of those surfaces, the company said. Depending on the location of the phone’s port, the phone will be placed in landscape or portrait mode. MyBot OmniFit Technology uses arms to grasp the edges of a smartphone and adjusts for various smartphone sizes.
The speaker also features a back-panel USB-A port for charging smartphones and other mobile devices. smartphones’ 5-watt MicroUSB port.