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Future Philips TVs will be powered by Android TV

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Philips is a renowned brand in the world of television, although it has been relatively quiet for the past few years. And in a bid to remain competitive in the quickly evolving market, the company has now announced that it will launch all of its future Smart TVs with Google’s Android TV software preinstalled. The announcement was made at the ongoing CES 2015 event.

The company will apparently launch televisions in Full HD 1080p models as well as 4K variants which are currently in trend. These televisions will be able to leverage the large number of apps that are offered by Google services and provide users a seamless experience, especially if they’re submerged in the Android ecosystem.

It’s certainly an interesting decision by Philips, but only time will tell if this will benefit them in the long run. 4K televisions are usually on the expensive side, but if Philips can attract consumers with the allure of having Android TV running by default, some of those worries can be put to rest. Expect the manufacturer to offer more details on the launch of these televisions in the coming months.

Via: Talk Android

Philips launches two new Android powered TVs

Philips Android TV

Philips Android TV

Dutch manufacturer Philips has just announced two new Android 4.4.2 powered televisions called the 8109 and the 8209. Since these are officially approved by Google, they come equipped with Google Play services so you can download applications and do everything you would with a Google TV. These televisions come in sizes of 48 to 55 inches, so they’re not your standard run of the mill television sets.

While the storage is a paltry 2.7GB, the TV comes with support for cloud storage services like Google Drive and Dropbox out of the box, along with several USB ports. Philips claims that the televisions come with support for upscaling of apps to view in HD, while the native resolution is believed to be Full HD 1080p.

These televisions will be reportedly available in Russia first with a launch expected in Europe and other parts of the world soon, although Philips is yet to spill details on that. The company however has specifically claimed that these smart televisions will not be launched in the UK.

Via: Android Community

Philips will launch Android powered Smart TVs later this year

Philips Smart TV

Philips Smart TVPhilips has just announced the launch of its Android powered Ambilight televisions in late 2014. These will be Smart TVs and will pack a decent hardware specs sheet to handle graphics heavy titles and games with relative ease. The company mentions that these devices will contain a quad core processor, although it didn’t specify the chipset or the make. Interestingly, these new televisions will come with support for Philips’ standard Smart TV apps as well as content from the Google Play Store, so you can use it just as a regular Android device.

Philips hasn’t given out specific launch or price related information but we hope to learn more as the months pass. Philips has never really been in the smartphone segment, so it would be wiser in choosing to merge Android with home appliances which has always been its strong suit. Current Smart TVs are fairly limited in their approach, but the implementation of Android will certainly change the way people think about televisions in the future. We hope to see more such televisions launching from manufacturers like Samsung and LG in the future.

Source: T3

Via: Android Guys

Philips launches smartphone-controllable, networked LED lighting called ‘Hue’

The Dutch multinational electronics company, Philips, recently launched a more advanced LED (light-emitting diode) bulb that could be used in homes, offices or any enclosed spaces. Dubbed as “hue” the company boasts it is the first of its kind. These light bulbs are IP-addressable and can be controlled by smartphones or tablets running Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android through an app.

In a demonstration, Philips showed that users can do more than just turn the bulbs on and off. Using a smartphone, the brightness can be adjusted and users can choose a color bulbs will emit. Timers can also be set and changed using supported mobile devices. The app used to control hue reportedly supports up to 50 bulbs in domestic setting, although the company didn’t say if there is going to be an industrial version of it.

“There are several preset lighting modes that provide tones for specific environments, including calming tones for reading and relaxing,” Tom’s Hardware reported. But Philips said they are planning on adding new features including awareness to audio and video activity. Geo-location feature may also be included in future updates to make the LED bulbs even smarter than they already are.

Philips is apparently ahead of the competition as far as making smart light bulbs is concerned but it is reportedly using ZigBee’s Lightlink communications technology to make hue works. This technology will make each LED a member of a network that could communicate with a Wi-Fi router via the bridge unit so they can be controlled wirelessly.

The hue interface software development kit (SDK) will be made available to third parties who may want to develop and add more functionality in the future. The starter kit is priced at $199 and additional bulbs are offered for $59 apiece. It might seem a little expensive but the technology used in it is more than enough. Interested parties can now purchase hue exclusively from Apple stores.

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Check Out Philips’ Android Docks

Philips has been making a name for themselves in the iPod/iPhone dock world for the past few years. They manufacture music and audio docks for iPods at an affordable price, that sound great. Last year, leading up to CES 2011 we were hoping we would see some Android specific docks, and Philips came through over the summer.

Philips four Android docks run the gamut in pricing and features.

Philips has a large boombox style dock that retails for $199. They have a smaller version of that dock for the bedside as well. Philips also has an alarm clock dock and another more contemporary flatter Android dock.

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Philips Releasing 4 Android Headsets This Spring Take A look Now: VIDEO

Philips was the first company to offer a true Android music dock. Sure there were companies offering 3.5mm, BlueTooth and adapter oriented work arounds but Philips went ahead and designed 4 Android docks, similar to their iPod offerings, but with rotatable mico-usb connectors.

Now Philips is introducing new Android Headsets. I know, I know, what makes it an Android headset? Well I’m going to tell you.

Philips has optimized their headsets to work with Android devices via a proprietary app. The app will allow you to answer calls and control calls while using a Philips Android Headset. That’s not all though, the Philips Android Headset collection also allows you to play, stop, go back and skip songs in Android music apps.

Finally, Philips has added a color wheel like mixer to optimize the lows, mids, and highs and equalize your music on a Philips Android Headset.

There are four models to choose from. There are three in ear headsets and one over the ear pair. Check out the video!

Philips says the headsets will be available in early Spring 2012

Finally, An Audio Docking Station For Android

Philips Fidelio Docking Stations

Today at IFA 2011 Philips announced the first (nearly universal) audio docks for Android devices.  If you have ever taken a trip into a big box retailer, an online retailer, or gone to an electronics trade show you have seen the vast expanse of  iPRODUCTS.  This product designed to work with Apple iDEVICES blah blah blah.  For the past two years I have been waiting for a product similar to this.

Philips addresses the issue that has been holding OEMs from designing for Android – the lack of uniformity.  Android comes in all shapes and sizes and very rarely has a manufacturer maintained a design that is uniform even in their own products.  Only recently has Motorola begun to do so with the Photon, Droid 3, Atrix, etc – they should all theoretically be capable of sharing the same docks and accessories.

Philips has designed a unique connector which can be adjusted in three dimensions to offer the ability to hold your phone (or tablet) in either landscape or portrait mode. “This means you can dock and charge most Android phones and your phone will always be positioned at the centre of the speaker for the best sound experience.”

Three models were introduced.

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Fidelio for Android (AS851) – The clean lines of the curved back on the Fidelio for Android (AS851) not only looks remarkable, but also creates a more effective structure for acoustics and precisely tuned bass pipes for deep, tight bass reproduction so you’ll experience a superb crystal-clear sound. This model comes with Philips Digital sound processing for lifelike, distortion-less music and 30W RMS total output power.

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Fidelio for Android (AS351) – This slightly smaller Fidelio for Android (AS351) will give you the right sound at home and on the go. With the option to choose between battery and AC power, you can enjoy your music anywhere. This model offers Dynamic Bass Boost to preserve low tones for deep bass at any volume level and comes with 10W RMS total output power. A special shielding technology blocks mobile phone interference whilst the AUX-in at the back side of the device means you can connect almost any electronic device.

Fidelio for Android (AS111) – The third model in the range, the Fidelio for Android (AS111) comes in an elegant and compact design that looks gorgeous from every angle and fits onto every bedside table. Its 360-degree design gives a rich omni-directional sound to fill your bedroom, whilst neodymium speakers deliver a pure balanced sound so you can wake up to a great sound from your Android phone.

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September 01, 2011

Philips Fidelio Docking Stations for Android

Philips unveils new Fidelio docking speakers for Android ecosystem

Berlin, Germany – Philips is adding to its successful series of Fidelio docking speakers with a new range for Android smartphones and tablets, which will be launched at IFA. The Fidelio docking speakers for Android™ are based on the same speaker systems as the Fidelio for Apple range, so you can be sure to enjoy a stunning sound from your Android phone or tablet but with all the functionality you need for a simple experience.
As the micro USB connector on Android smartphones are placed in different positions and orientations on each phone, Philips has developed a unique connector design that adjusts in three dimensions to hold any phone in both portrait and landscape positions. This means you can dock and charge most Android phones and your phone will always be positioned at the centre of the speaker for the best sound experience.
To immediately enjoy your music in the simplest way, Philips has developed a dedicated Fidelio app for Android, which will automatically pair your smartphone with the docking station via Bluetooth. Using Philips Songbird media player, you can discover and play all your media and sync it seamlessly with the docking speaker. Its intuitive features let you discover new artists and music styles through music and media stores, services and websites. For completely hassle-free music enjoyment, you can play your own library and media straight from the web and effortlessly sync all of it from your PC to your Android devices.
The Fidelio for Android range includes the following devices:
The clean lines of the curved back on the Fidelio for Android (AS851) not only looks remarkable, but also creates a more effective structure for acoustics and precisely tuned bass pipes for deep, tight bass reproduction so you’ll experience a superb crystal-clear sound. This model comes with Philips Digital sound processing for lifelike, distortion-less music and 30W RMS total output power.
This slightly smaller Fidelio for Android (AS351) will give you the right sound at home and on the go. With the option to choose between battery and AC power, you can enjoy your music anywhere. This model offers Dynamic Bass Boost to preserve low tones for deep bass at any volume level and comes with 10W RMS total output power. A special shielding technology blocks mobile phone interference whilst the AUX-in at the back side of the device means you can connect almost any electronic device.
The third model in the range, the Fidelio for Android (AS111) comes in an elegant and compact design that looks gorgeous from every angle and fits onto every bedside table. Its 360-degree design gives a rich omni-directional sound to fill your bedroom, whilst neodymium speakers deliver a pure balanced sound so you can wake up to a great sound from your Android phone.
Visit www.philips.com/sound for more information on Philips’ range of Fidelio docking speakers.
See the Fidelio app in the Android Market™: https://bit.ly/rsxmZZ