With Android currently taking over the smartphone world, Philips has pinned its hopes on the operating system doing the same in the PMP market, introducing the Android-powered GoGear Connect 3 at IFA.
In the hope that Android will revolutionise portable media players in the same way it has mobile phones, Philips launched the Philips GoGear Connect 3 at IFA in Germany yesterday. It features a 3.2-inch touchscreen, and comes with a choice of 8GB or 16GB variants. It seems the GoGear has Apple’s iPod Touch firmly in its sights.
As for the OS itself, Philips has installed the latest 2.3 Gingerbread version of Android, and you’ll be able to download apps or browse the web thanks to integrated Wi-Fi. You’ll be able to choose your own home screen shortcuts – just as you would on a mobile phone, and you’ll also be able to download thousands of apps and games from the Android market.
Whether this is enough to tempt people away from the mighty iPod remains to be seen, but it looks like a capable and usable effort. Prices for the GoGear Connect 3 have yet to be announced.