Vizio Officially Announces Android-Powered Via
Vizio today announced its first foray into the cell phone market with the Via Android smartphone. The Via Phone has a 4-inch touch display. The stand-out feature of the Via is its integration with other Vizio products, such as its tablet and TVs. The company said that the Via Phone runs Via Plus, a new system meant to make media sharing seamless between various devices and form factors. For example, the phone has infrared built in so it can act as a TV remote control. Other features of the Via Phone include a 1GHz processor, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, microSD card slot and HDMI output with HD video playback. It also has a front-facing camera for video chats and a 5 megapixel rear camera for photos and HD video capture. The device will reach the U.S. via an unnamed carrier by summer 2011. Pricing wasn't revealed.
Andy Rubin's Essential PH-1 Boasts Titanium Frame, Magnetic Mods
Essential Products, the startup being run by Andy Rubin, who helped create the Android operating system, announced its first smartphone today, the PH-1. The PH-1 is a high-end handset crafted from a titanium shell that Rubin claims is more robust than aluminum and more resistant to damage when dropped.
Google Renames Chromecast, Adds Tech to TVs
Google today expanded the ecosystem of devices compatible with its casting technology to include standalone displays. The company partnered with Vizio and has added direct casting support to Vizio's P Series displays as well as Vizio's soundbars and speakers.
Huawei Announces P8 Lite for the US Market
Huawei today revealed the P8 Lite, its latest attempt to grab a toehold in the U.S. The P8 Lite has a similar design to the P8, but tones down some of the specs to help drop the price point a bit.
Lumia 535 First Windows Phone to Wear Microsoft Name
Microsoft today announced the Lumia 535, the first phone it has revealed without the Nokia brand since it acquired the company's handset division earlier this year. The 535 is a low-cost smartphone meant for emerging markets.
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