Philips Readies Android PMP, iPod Speakers

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LAS VEGAS - Philips Consumer Lifestyle is coming to CES with its next-generation Android-based portable media player (PMP) and a quartet ofiPod /iPhone-docking speaker systems.

The new PMP is the GoGear Connect, which runs on Android 2.3 and features a capacitive-touchscreen model like its predecessor. The new model will be available in 8GB and 16GB version at prices that were unavailable.

Compared to its predecessor, the new model adds larger screen at 3.5 inches compared to 3.2 inches, front-facing videocamera for Skype videochats, microSD card slot for expanded memory, and Bluetooth 3.0 compared to Bluetooth 2.1+EDR for lower power consumption.

Like its predecessor, the new GoGear Connect features Wi-Fi, web browser, preloaded apps, ability to download apps from the Android Market, and 720p video storage.

Other features in the new model include embedded speaker and virtual surround technology to expand the sound stage for headphone listening. Additional details, such as amount of embedded memory and ship date, were unavailable. The predecessor featured 8GB of embedded memory and no memory-expansion slot.

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.

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