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Philips Readies Android PMP, iPod Speakers For International CES


— Philips Consumer
Lifestyle is coming to International
CES with its next-generation Android-
based portable media player
(PMP) and a quartet of iPod/iPhonedocking
speaker systems.

 The new PMP is the $149-suggested
GoGear Connect, which runs on
Android 2.3 and features a capacitivetouchscreen
model like its $179-suggested
predecessor. The new model,
however, adds larger screen at 3.5
inches, compared with 3.2 inches;
front-facing video camera for Skype
video chats; MicroSD card slot for expanded
memory; and Bluetooth 3.0,
compared with Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.

Like its predecessor, the new Go-
Gear 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/iPhonedocking
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.