Philips Readies Android PMP, iPod Speakers For International CES

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— 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.


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