Philips Readies Android PMP, iPod Speakers
By Joseph Palenchar On Jan 30 2012 - 6:01am
LAS VEGAS —
Philips Consumer Lifestyle went to International
CES with its next-generation Androidbased
portable media player (PMP) and a quartet
of iPod/iPhone-docking speaker systems.
The new PMP is the GoGear Connect, which
runs on Android 2.3 and features a capacitivetouchscreen
model like its predecessor. The
new model will be available in 8GB and 16GB
versions in April at a suggested $169 and
Compared to its predecessor, the new model
adds larger screen at 3.5 inches compared
to 3.2 inches, adds capacitive touch technology,
front-facing video camera for Skype video
chats, MicroSD card slot for expanded memory,
and Bluetooth 3.0 compared to Bluetooth
2.1+EDR for lower power consumption.
Other features in the new model include embedded
speaker and virtual surround technology
to expand the sound stage for headphone
Like its predecessor, the new GoGear Connect features
stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, web browser, preloaded
apps, ability to download apps from the Android
Market, 720p video storage, DLNA
server capability and built-in speaker.
Among four new iPod/iPhone-docking
tabletop speakers, all offer clock radio
features and FM tuner. All also feature
auto clock synchronization when an iPod/
iPhone is docked, 3.5mm aux input, sleep
timer, time and alarm battery backup, dual
alarms, and free Philips clock-radio app.
The two models that look more like traditional
clock radios are rated at 4 watts
RMS and 10 watts, respectively. Price and
ship date were unavailable.
The other two tabletop speakers are
larger models with different cosmetics,
larger speakers and bass-reflex speaker
system for deeper bass. They are also rated
at 4 watts and 10 watts RMS, respectively.
Price and ship dates were unavailable.