Vizio executive has confirmed the existence of a Via line of devices featuring a cellphone and a tablet.The announcement, made tonight in the Wall Street Journal, shows just how easily companies with no experience in the mobile arena can deliver products powered by Google’s Android OS.It’s also a sign that the market for Android devices will become even more crowded and confusing for consumers in 2011.
Vizio mobile phone! The company will reportedly debut this 4″ smartphone this week in Las Vegas, and it will run Android, have a 5MP camera, video recording capabilities and a front-facing camera for video chatting. Other features and specifications aren’t being released yet, but it’s safe to say that the DROID X and EVO 4G will have some company in the large-screen smartphone space.
Vizio tablet! It’s hard to believe, but Vizio will be going up against the Galaxy Tab. The Via Tablet will use an 8″ LCD, Wi-Fi, three internal speaker, and a front-facing camera for video chatting. This unit will also run on Android, but the exact version isn’t mentioned.
The company is also planning to unveil 3D HDTVs below $300, and a video service dubbed “Vizio on Demand” which will work across multiple devices, at the Consumer Electronics Show.