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.
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.
Sony Xperia L2 Adds Fingerprint Reader, Will Be Sold In U.S.
Sony Mobile today announced the Xperia L2, an affordable Android smartphone that makes some significant upgrades compared to its predecessor. To start, the phone has a metal frame and glass front.
Cricket Wireless Debuts the ZTE Overture 3
Cricket Wireless today announced the ZTE Overture 3, an inexpensive Android handset. The phone has a 5-inch FWVGA screen and it relies on a quad-core 1.1 GHz processor with 16 GB of storage.
Blu Vivo X Boasts 4 Cameras, 6-Inch 18:9 Display
Blu Products today announced the Vivo X, a flagship handset that costs less than $300. The phone is among the first from Blu to jump to the 18:9 aspect ratio for its 6-inch 1440 by 720p display.
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