Android users cheers as Philips release Fidelio docking speakers

Android users cheers as Philips releases Fidelio docking speakers

When it comes to smartphone docks, Android users have had to glance enviously at their  iPhone chums,  with precious few accessories being available for the platform.

Philips hope to redress the balance with the launch of their whizzy Fidelio docking speakers for Android.

The docks cunningly get around the thorny problem of the different designs of Android phones by creating a unique connector design which can dock handsets in both portrait and landscape positions.

Because it’s not possible to send audio out via micro USB ports on Android devices, the dock connector is only there to power the device, with music being streamed over Bluetooth, courtesy of a dedicated Fidelio app on the Android Market.

Android users cheers as Philips releases Fidelio docking speakers

Sitting at the bottom of the range is the AS111 which sports a curvy design with 360 degree speakers promising omni-directional sound. There’s also a soft glow night light so you can let your phone sing you to sleep.

Android users cheers as Philips releases Fidelio docking speakers

Next up is the 10W AS351 which packs two 3-inch full range woofers and offers “superb gaming sound effects.”

The dock can be powered by battery or mains, and can charge a second Android device over USB.

Android users cheers as Philips releases Fidelio docking speakers

The frankly bonkers looking AS851 swans in at the top of the range, serving up what Philips insist is a “sensually” curved design.

There’s digital sound processing (DSP) onboard, 30W RMS output with “lifelike, distortion-less music”.

The Philips Fidelio AS851 is set to launch in Europe priced at €199, with the AS351 €129 and the AS11 at €79.

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3 Comments on “Android users cheers as Philips release Fidelio docking speakers”

  1. It always struck me as odd that you can buy MP3 players and smartphones from all sorts of different manufacturers but only Ipods and Iphones had a speaker dock. Even Sony don’t make docks for their own players (or am I wrong?)

  2. this is interesting in that it does redress the balance away from Apple and just a bit towards Android…there’s a long way still to go though I reckon. First purchasers of smartphones now have good reasons to go Android – but for those who have already bought iPhones (and often spent a load on apps) there is going to have to be a SPECTACULARLY good reason to switch…

    I wonder what that could be?

  3. You don’t see docks for android devices because it’s not possible to send audio out via micro USB ports. You do see bluetooths speakers a lot. This “new” product is nothing but a bluetooth speaker with a integrated charger.

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