February 24, 2010 | by Chris Smith
Philips showed off their latest project that will enter into the ranks of Android devices. The GoGear Connect is considered a PMP (personal media player) that runs the latest Android 2.1 OS and is marketed as media and VoIP device.
GoGear Connect is suspected to come in 16/32/64 GB models, have Wifi, no 3G, with GPS capabilities, and will run a customized UI on top of Android 2.1. There is a trackball and of course a touchscreen used for the navigation through the UI and from the video the transitions look fluid. The device is classified as media device and from the pictures you really can’t understand just how BIG it is. It’s about the size of a small HDTV, maybe 19 inches. One thing that is unclear from the video and the postings is if this is a prototype model just to show off the UI or if this is the actual form factor of the device.
Is this something that consumers are truly looking for? The form factor seems too big to carry around and too small for use as a regular TV at home. I like the idea of having a robust operating system as my entertainment system, but it seems that a device like this doesn’t fit anywhere. Maybe if this was a 52 inch HDTV with all the bells and whistles I may be more interested. We’ll see how this pans out once we find out some more about it.