VIZIO Embraces Google TV and Android for Its New VIA Plus Ecosystem

VIZIO is out with a set of early press releases [1, 2] ahead of CES 2011. The company is unveiling their new VIA Plus line of products that will provide users a “unified user experience from the big screen to mobile devices.” As you can see in the image above, VIZIO’s new Android 8-inch tablet and 4-inch smartphone have the ability to work with VIZIO’s Google TV-powered HDTVs to render its screen/apps to the TV. We’re already familiar with Android’s ability to send web pages for viewing on Google TV, but this is entirely new. I guess we’ll have to wait a few more days to see a proper demo of everything working together — should be interesting.

Product Highlights:

  • The VIZIO smartphone features a 1 GHz processor, 4″ capacitive touch screen with 5MP camera for photos and HD video capture, a front-facing camera for video chat, GPS, MicoSD storage expansion
  • The VIZIO tablet features a 1 GHz processor, 8″ capacitive touchscreen with 3 speakers for stereo audio in portrait or landscape mode, a front-facing camera for video chat, GPS, MicoSD storage expansion
  • Both mobile devices include HD video playback with HDMI video output, high quality audio processing, built-in IR transmitter for use with its universal remote control app, and access to Android Market
  • VIA Plus HDTVs and Blu-ray Players incorporate Google TV and feature a Bluetooth QWERTY universal remote with touchpad, dual-band 802.11n built-in Wi-Fi, and enhanced onscreen navigation including search and web browser

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