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Appeared on: Monday, January 03, 2011
VIZIO Announces VIA Plus Apps For For HDTVs, Smartphones and Tablets

VIZIO announced today the VIA Plus ecosystem, the next generation of VIZIO Internet Apps.

The new ecosystem will allow for unified on-demand content and application consumption across multiple consumer electronic devices including VIZIO HDTVs, Blu-ray players, SmartPhones and Tablets.

With VIA Plus, users will be able to begin content consumption from one device and transition the content to another device allowing entertainment to be continuously enjoyed anywhere and anyplace without interruption.

VIA Plus HDTVs and Blu-rays will incorporate Google TV and feature a premium Bluetooth QWERTY universal remote with touchpad, dual-band 802.11n built-in wifi and onscreen navigation including search and web browser.

The VIA Plus PPhone and TTablet will be based on the Android Platform and feature built-in IR blaster with universal remote control app, HD playback with HDMI output, and access to apps in Android Market.

With VIA Plus devices, consumers will be able to easier search, organize and access their favorite apps. At its core, the VIA Plus experience is a unified user interface that allows consumers in just a few clicks to quickly group favorite apps by categories, customize the dock with their most frequently accessed apps or switch apps with the multitasking bar.

VIZIO will be demonstrating VIA Plus devices in their private CES showcase at the Wynn Hotel from Janurary 6 to 9, 2011.

The introduction of VIA Plus also marks VIZIO's expansion into the mobility category. At CES, the company will have on display the with the VIZIO smartphone and tablet -- both part of the VIA Plus ecosystem.

The VIZIO VIA Phone features a 1 GHz processor, 4" high-resolution touch screen, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, GPS, a MicroSD card slot for memory expansion and HDMI output with HD video playback. It also features a front-facing camera for video chats and a 5 megapixel rear camera for photos and HD video capture.

The VIZIO VIA Tablet also features a 1 GHz processor, with an 8" high-resolution touch screen, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, GPS, a MicroSD card slot for additional memory expansion, HDMI output with HD video playback, and a front-facing camera for video chats. It also boasts a three-speaker design for stereo audio in both portrait and landscape modes.

Both devices include a built-in IR blaster with universal remote control app for quick access to the entire home theater or nearly any other CE device in the home. Both run on the Android Platform, which will also allow users to access apps through Android Market.


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