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
May 30, 2017
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
Mar 22, 2016
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 XZ2 Premium Captures and Plays 4K HDR Video
Apr 16, 2018
Sony today announced the Xperia XZ2 Premium, a high-end Android phone that boasts some of the most advanced imaging features available in a mobile device. The XZ2 Premium has a 5.8-inch 4K HDR display (16:9 aspect ratio) that Sony says is 30% brighter than its previous mobile 4K screen.
ZTE Debuts Blade V9 and V9 Vita with 18:9 Screens
Feb 25, 2018
ZTE today expanded its lineup of Blade series handsets with the Blade V9 and V9 Vita. These mid-range handsets bring the Blade series up-to-date with competing designs by adopting the 18:9 aspect ratio display.
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