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Philips launches Google Android media player

Web-enabled GoGear Connect plays movies & music

Philips introduced the GoGear Connect, an Android-powered device that can play music and movies, take pictures and surf the web, during the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

The device ships with preloaded applications including Android Market, Google Talk and Google Maps. It will run Android 2.1 initially and be upgraded to Android 2.2 in early 2011, according to a Philips product manager.

It includes 16GB of built-in storage to which another 32GB can be added with a MicroSD card. GoGear Connect also includes Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and a 2-megapixel camera that can capture video at VGA resolution.

Philips Gogear connect

It has a 3.2-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 480 by 320 pixels and weighs 128 grams, or about 11.5 ounces.

The battery can play up to 25 hours of audio or 5 hours of video, according to Philips.

It has many features similar to Apple's iPod Touch, but it differs in that the GoGear Connect employs a resistive touchscreen, unlike the iPod Touch's capacitive touchscreen. That means a bit more pressure has to be applied to activate the on-screen buttons. The media player includes a trackball as and alternative input method.

The GoGear Connect will be available in the US and Europe in the coming weeks for €249.


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