Philips is delighted to report that the rumors are true. Last week, Pocket-Lint and Engadget shared the news of the launch of the new Philips GoGear Connect featuring Android and being launched this week at the IFA 2010 consumer electronics show in Berlin.For all its success, the iPod touch has few dedicated media player competitors capable of matching its big-touchscreen, WiFi, and voluminous App Store. Until today. Philips just went official with its GoGear Connect featuring the full suite of Google Mobile applications pre-installed with access to the Android Market for pretty much everything else. Spec-wize we're looking at a 3.2-inch display, WiFi, sound isolating earphones, built-in camera, and microSD slot. Sorry, no mention of the Android OS version though we've seen it listed at retailers with 2.1. Syncing your music is done over Bluetooth or a USB tether to your PC with Philips' Songbird providing the software assist. The MP4 player also supports Maps and location-based services -- presumably accomplished with the help of Skyhook and
The News Behind the News
The new Philips GoGear Connect takes the next step for MP4 players, being the first to offer the full AndroidTM experience. It comes pre-installed with Google MobileTM applications and more than 100,000 apps can be downloaded from the Android MarketTM. For a few ideas, check out the PC World’s 22 Best Android Apps.
The player’s 3.2-inch touchscreen and patented FullSoundTM technology offers a great combination of high touch and rich music experience.
The quick overview:
- First WiFi-enabled MP4 player to offer the full AndroidTM experience: Enjoy the full range of Android apps, plus Android allows you to multi-task so you can listen to music, look at maps and use location-based services, all at the same time.
- Philips FullSound technology and Surround for Movies: This winning combination allows you to immerse yourself in the action and enjoy a cinematic sound experience whilst on the go.
- Sound isolation earphones that block out background noise and provide a superbly clear and detailed music experience even in noisy surroundings.
- Philips Songbird: an easy-to-use program that makes syncing music from your PC hassle-free.
- Built-in Camera to shoot videos and pictures.
- A MicroSD card slot offering expandable memory to allow for more music, movies, and apps on the player.
- Ultra-light: weighing just 128 grams. The screen measures 113×12.6×59 mm.
Philips GoGear Connect will be available in Western Europe, USA & China from the end of October 2010. The recommended retail price is EUR249 for the 16GB version.