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    Developing multimedia dock- need input

    Don't get too excited yet, we are planning to revamp our iPod multimedia dock to create an Android version but are just at the beginning stages. I've attached a photo of the iPod version we made previously and I would like input from the Forum members as to what features you want added and which are less important from a cost savings standpoint. Keep in mind we are still researching hardware and what will be required to add features like remote control, etc. since I did not see native support for it in the Google development info, so please use this thread as a wishlist and we'll see what can be done.

    Here's the features we started with for iPods and are product plan base for an Android dock:
    -A/V Dock with audio and video out plus charging
    -16-function IR wireless remote control-Connects directly to your home computer via a micro-USB cable (not included)
    -Includes RCA and composite video cables to connect to your home stereo; S-video cables optional. (Video output may or may not be available depending on phone hardware and required app development to support it)

    -Included AC adapter
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    I definitely like the remote control if you can do that. Also battery slots would be nice it we want to take it somewhere, camping, etc.

    Also, if the micro USB cable is not the one that comes with your phone, it should be included and a low price on the required app would be nice.
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    I definitely think a spot for a second battery to be stored and charged at the same time would make this an instant buy for me. Also, make it so it will work with our phones in the case too. I assume that the dock will put the phone horizontally due to the location of the charging port on the phone. The magnet that puts the phone into the multimedia dock would make this dock absolutely perfect for me. I'm very excited for this - Please PM me or post where I could buy this.
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    Rechargable batteries are a must!! yay i'm so excited for this. although i would be more excited if you were creating an adaptor to plug our phones into our current ipod players i.e. my bose dock
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    Yes second battery charger is a must.
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    I think it would be important to be somewhat adjustable slot/size to accommodate different cases. My guess is that many folks are staying away from the OEM docks because they don't want to keep taking their cases (some which are difficult to remove) off their device every time they want to plop it in the dock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by camcrobe View Post
    I think it would be important to be somewhat adjustable slot/size to accommodate different cases. My guess is that many folks are staying away from the OEM docks because they don't want to keep taking their cases (some which are difficult to remove) off their device every time they want to plop it in the dock.
    It will absolutely work with cases on the Droid. We used a sliding back brace on the iPod version to accommodate different thickness cases, and we would do something similar with this one. The rate at which Android phones are now being introduced is amazing, so we want to make sure it will work with more than just the Droid.

    Since this is more a multimedia dock rather than a desktop charger, is the second battery charging really that important? Do you mind giving up extra real estate for the space required to hold the battery?
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    my music is on my computer at home and plays thru my bose. so yes a portable rechargeable dock is ALL I'd be interested in. I've got so many docks that needed plugged in and only use the portable one so I learned to never buy another that I can't take with on a picnic, beach, etc.
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    - Dock adjustable to fit phones naked or in cases of varying thickness.
    - Charging location adjustable to fit multiple phones
    - Firmware updatable
    - Bluetooth remote that doubles as a handset for call answer and call making.
    - Ability to use the dock as speakerphone.

    ... that is after all, my phone over there playing music, not just an ipod.

    A general dock costs a bit more, but benefits me as a user many ways:

    - provides additional functionality
    - allows me to update my phone
    - more likely to become popular = easier to replace/repair/use

    Android is historically weak in regards to bluetooth access for calls, but this is the top issue now so strides should be made soon and the phones will catch up to your dock. Also the droid is easy to root, so if you need to install a custom bluetooth driver initially that wouldn't be a big deal, and the basic dock functionality should be easy now and later.
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    definitely video and audio out capabilities, and mabey even hdmi or the hd composite cables would be nice to display those high def videos you can play on the droids amazing screen. also, a glossier finish like the current official dock for looks. also, if it could some how wirelessly, or even with wires, sync with your pc (and definitely don't forget about macs), that would be great... all of that plus what others said above..... didnt want to repeat any... thanks.... keep me posted on how the dock is coming along, definitely interested.
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