New Vizio streamer cuts price, streamlines remote control
Vizio has introduced a new media-streaming set-top box along the lines of its existing Co-Star offering, that offers more basic smart TV functionality. The Co-Star LT offers the same apps and services found on the Vizio M-Series smart TVs, such as access to Internet radio and streaming video, but in a device that can be connected to any HDTV with a HDMI connection.
Devices designed to boost audio from typically small HDTV speakers
Audio accessory manufacturer Vizio today announced today three new additions to its portfolio of home audio solutions with the 29-inch and two 38-inch sound bars in various home theater configurations. Joining Vizio's audio ranks are a new 29-inch 2.0 Home Theater Sound Bar, a 38-inch 2.0 Home Theater Sound Bar with Integrated Deep Bass, and the 38-inch 2.1 Home Theater Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer.
Vizio adds 11.6-inch Windows 8 Tablet PC to line up
Vizio has put its new 11.6-inch Windows 8 Tablet PC up for order through its online store. The new tablet runs an AMD Z-60 APU with integrated AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphics and includes a Microsoft Signature edition of Windows 8 with no bloatware pre-installed. Unlike similar devices from other makers, Vizio is not supplying a keyboard dock for its Tablet PC, but says its compatible with a wide array of third-party Bluetooth keyboards and mice.
$400 off 15.6-inch Vizio Ultrabook
Today's daily deal slasher from Tigerdirect.com is on the 15.6-inch Vizio Ultrabook, which has been reduced by $400 from $1,000 down to $600. That's about $50 less than the lowest price we have seen on this notebook anywhere else. The Vizio Ultrabook features a 1.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of solid state storage -- and has Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included.
AMD targets premium market
AMD is currently showing off its 2013 products at CES, where the company announced a partnership with Vizio. The latter company has integrated the latest A10 APU in its 24-inch all-in-one, which we had a chance to try out before it arrives on the market later this year.
New 4K-capable TVs have 240Hz refresh rate, Theater 3D
Vizio has shown off its lineup of HDTVs for 2013, including a number of large UHD televisions. The new premium-level XVT series, the company's first Ultra High Definition TVs, were shown alongside an enhanced line of M-Series Razor LED Smart TVs, complete with Video On Demand apps and social features.
Entire Vizio PC line gains 10-point multitouch screens
Vizio has shown off its updated line of computers at CES, including a number of tablets and a pair of Android phones destined for China. All of the new PCs, pre-installed with Windows 8, are equipped with a ten-point capacitive touchscreen on every model, while a 10-inch tablet from the company includes Nvidia's Tegra 4 chipset.
Soundbars include SRS-powered audio processing
Vizio has lined up four new soundbars in time for the holiday season. Both the E-Series and the M-Series soundbars are designed to work with the HDTVs revealed last month, also with the E- and M-Series monicker, with the only difference between the two being the addition of a small display and extra controls on the top of the unit.
Includes sub $1000 60-inch Full HD smart TV
Vizio has added a new line-up of sleek and slim Smart HDTVs to its roster, just in time for the holiday season. The six new televisions include options from the E-Series and M-Series ranging from 55-inches to 70-inches, with and without 3D, as well as a 58-inch 21:9 Cinemawide Class LED TV with 3D capabilities.
Vizio Co-Star STB includes support for OnLive gaming
Vizio has fired its latest volley in the battle for people's lounge rooms with the launch of its Co-Star Google TV set-top box. The device is now up for pre-order on the Vizio website for $100. In addition to Google TV, it also offers users the ability to install apps like OnLive, bringing console level gaming to users with high-bandwidth Internet connections.
$99 box announced today
Vizio has announced its new Co-Star Stream Player. The new set-top box is powered by Google TV and integrates game streaming service OnLive, with extra hardware to take advantage of the gaming addition.
Vizio expanding from HDTVs to home computers
Vizio, known for their HDTVs, has put its previously announced PC line up for sale today. Two portables called the Notebook and the Thin+Light, along with the desk-bound All-In-One PC, are the producer's first foray into computers, which it revealed at CES earlier this year.
Vizio desktops, notebooks to land mid-month
Vizio, largely known for its bargain-priced HDTVs, has confirmed to Gizmodo that customers can expect to see its lineup of Vizio PCs appearing at retailers within the month of June. Some details about the lineup remain unknown, but images released by the company depict multiple all-in-one desktops, 14- and 15.6-inch notebooks, and a 10-inch tablet, most in a style reminiscent of Apple's minimalist aesthetic.
Vizio wireless keyboard, keypad show up at FCC
Vizio promised to bring out a PC range back at CES and the first evidence of this has shown up in some FCC tests online. Under the commission's eye was a wireless keyboard and a wireless trackpad, and while not much technical information was revealed by them, it's clearly visible either is powered by two AAA batteries. The most important part about the filing, perhaps, is that the actual photos are to be kept secret until July 31.
New Hulu Plus app arrives on 7 Android tablets
Streaming TV show and movie provider Hulu on Thursday announced it has made its Hulu Plus service on seven new Android tablets. This includes the Acer Iconia Tab line, ASUS Transformer Prime and Eee Pad Transformer, LG G-Slate, Motorola Xoom, Motorola Xyboard 10.1, and Toshiba Thrive. The app (free, Google Play) will become available for more Android tablets in the future as well, Hulu added.
Future connected Vizio TVs to have Skype built-in
Budget HDTV maker Vizio and VoIP video chat and Internet calling service provider Skype have just revealed that some of the former's upcoming Internet App TVs will be Skype-enabled out of the box. When a call comes in, users won't have to stop watching a show during a call, though we assume the TV audio will be muted in order to accommodate the call. The TVs will require a camera accessory that also contains four microphones that are capable of picking up a user's voice from up to sixteen feet away.
Google TV adoption seen very low
An investigation within Android Market stats has suggested that Google TV adoption may be so low as to be under one million users. The TV and Movies app, a core part of the OS, is listed as having between 500,000 to one million installed users, GigaOM found. More than half of them are Logitech Revue owners, while the rest are Sony's combined Internet TV and Internet Blu-ray player owners.
Google TV gets teased update
Google made the unusual choice of a Facebook posting to hint at "big announcements" coming for Google TV on Monday. The company wouldn't give any clues as to its plans. It's unlikely to include any minor OS updates, since it recently updated to Android 3.2.
Vizio CinemaWide gets price at middle size
Vizio has quietly updated the product page for its flagship TV of the year, the CinemaWide, to give it a price. The middle tier 58-inch set should cost $3,499. Smaller 50- and high-end 71-inch sets are still coming, but didn't immediately get prices.
Vizio details 2012 TV and Stream Player roadmap
Vizio on Tuesday expanded its entire TV-focused strategy for 2012 by starting with its own equivalent to an Apple TV. The VAP430 Stream Player is dedicated solely to bringing Google TV 2.0 to sets that don't already have it. It links to the TV through HDMI, with a pass-through for other devices, and can share media on the local network through Wi-Fi and DLNA.
Vizio to focus on streaming, pure Windows
Vizio on Monday confirmed its PC plans while hinting at more. It will have five PCs in a more Apple-like roster, including 24- and 27-inch all-in-one desktops, 14- and 15.6-inch pseudo-ultrabooks, and a regular notebook. All of them will focus on links with the VIA Internet Apps of their TV counterparts, as well as a heavy emphasis on streaming video and 2.1-channel audio. In a deliberate attempt to move away from companies like Dell and HP, Vizio is going for a "clean" Windows 7 image free of unwanted trial apps and utilities.
Vizio plans AIO desktop, thin notebooks
[Updated with pics] Vizio on Friday revealed that it would be getting into the PC market as of CES. A work in progress for two years, the strategy outlined to the Wall Street Journal would include all-in-one desktops and thin notebooks. Details are vague, but the all-in-one would hide the computer in its base, notebooks would range from 14 to 15.6 inches, and designs would try to avoid an industrial look.
Google TV partners at CES 2012 already revealed
Google has removed the mystery from who its Google TV partners will be at CES with a full listing ahead of the show. Some using chips from Marvell and MediaTek, TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio will all run the Android-based TV OS. Vizio's sets will be behind closed doors, but the rest should be public.
Vizio Rose Bowl ad gives clues to CES 2012 TVs
Repeating a pattern from last year, Vizio has run a commercial (below) giving a hint as to its lineup for 2012. The Rose Bowl spot outlines the contrast between old and new in American football before giving a quick preview. Vizio's lineup may be much more distinct this year, with a chromed, arcing neck and a very minimal display.
Schmidt hints Google TV may be pushed by volume
Google chairman Eric Schmidt made an aggressive prediction at the Le Web conference in Paris (video below) that Google TV would dictate the TV landscape by summer 2012. He believed that the "majority of televisions you see in stores" should have the Android-based OS build inside over the course of the next several months. No indication was given of which companies were involved and how many of their models would make the leap.
Microsoft to put Kinect into Sony, Vizion TVs?
Microsoft has plans to make and sell TVs with its Kinect sensor built in, according to sources speaking with The Daily. It would then no longer require the company's Xbox 360 gaming console to be connected, and would allow users to turn the TV on or off or change channels with hand gestures rather than remote controls. What would be required, however, is a connection to a PC running Windows, a feat that's already been documented.
Vizio ships M-series LED LCD Smart 3D TVs
The 3D HDTVs Vizio introduced at the CES expo in January are now shipping, the company said Wednesday. The M-series sets use passive glasses technology that's cheaper to run, but still have Vizio Internet Apps. All have edge-lit LED backlighting, and some sets include up to four pairs of the battery-free glasses, which are lightweight and more comfortable than active shutter glasses.
LG may gamble on Google TV in January
LG might take a risk on unveiling a Google TV 2.0 set at the CES expo in January, a pair of contacts said late Friday. They gave no details of the set to Bloomberg, although it's presumed the TV will look much like the ultra-thin bezel LMx600 series sets that LG accidentally if briefly revealed through CES awards. Most TV sets introduced at CES don't ship until several months later.
Logitech slams rushed Google TV rush in exit
Logitech's acting CEO Guerrino De Luca shook up the TV field at an investor day late Thursday by revealing that the company was effectively quitting Google TV. The price-cut Revue media hub was now selling through remaining stock in the fall and wouldn't have a sequel. The company was bringing "closure to the Logitech Revue saga," he said.
Deals on HDTVs, headphones, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include price drops on HDTVs, headphones, and more. Tigerdirect.com has recently lowered the cost of the refurbished Vizio 32-inch Class Razor LED HDTV, which includes a maximum screen resolution of 1920 x 1080, an 8ms response time, four built-in HDMI ports, and a three month warranty on parts and labor. Currently featured at DealNN, this particular HDTV can be purchased for only $299 and offers savings of up to $350.
Logitech Revue box hints Google TV revival soon
An unnamed electronics store has obtained updated Logitech Revue boxes hinting that the Google TV revamp is underway. The sighting by someone visiting an electronics retailer showed Engadget a new box touting Google TV, but "now with Android 3.1 and Android Market." None of the boxes have been opened yet to see if it has the new Google TV interface already installed or if it will need to get a post-sale update.
Vizio tablets to get native Netflix app in update
Vizio on Monday revealed its 8-inch tablets will get a firmware update that will bring with it a pre-loaded Netflix app. Netflix members can log into their accounts and watch streaming TV episodes and movies as quickly as a shortcut on the home screen. As an Android 2 device, it has had an easier time getting access than Android 3-native tablets.
Vizio 8-inch Tablet gets official Hulu Plus suppor
Vizio on Wednesday had the rare distinction of becoming the first Android tablet maker to get official Hulu Plus support. The 8-inch Tablet's use of the older Android 2.3 has let Hulu adapt the streaming TV service to the slate. Access lets owners reach the full Hulu catalog online at the same $8 per month as elsewhere.
Google TV Add-on clears devs to write own apps
Google late Monday took the redesigned Google TV an important step closer by posting a preview version of the Google TV Add-on. The extension gives Android developers a way to optimize phone and especially tablet apps for the Google TV interface without having to change their tools. Along with supporting TV screens, it adds extras like hooking into a TV's channel lineup and other elements specific to the remote-control interface.
Google talks Android defense, Motorola Google TV
Google during the call for its buyout of Motorola hinted that it was confident about its ability to defend Android against patent complaints. The company declined to talk about its exact strategy but said it was now in a "very good position" to protect the entire ecosystem. The $12.5 billion deal gives it access to 17,000 existing and 7,500 in-progress patents, giving it more clout than if it had bought the collective Novell and Nortel patents.
Price falls below original expectations
Vizio has finally begun shipping its eight-inch Android tablet, which will arrive on store shelves with a $299 price tag. The company's own pre-order page suggested the tablet was originally expected to arrive on July 18. Early reports surrounding pricing were also inconsistent, as rumors pointed to $300 but the pre-order site listed $400.
Google TV Honeycomb explored on video
The recently leaked Google TV Android 3.1 revamp has had its first trial runs through video (below) and reports from those on GTVHacker willing to experiment. A run-through from Channel Android on a Logitech Revue has shown more of the interface than what was seen at Google I/O in May and shows that virtually none of the original interface is left over, and much of it is now devoted to apps and widgets. Android Market is the most relevant as it's now known to have a "featured for TV" section much like that for tablets as well as a clearly TV-native interface.
Vizio Tablet finally lands
After being first teased at this year’s Rose Bowl, the Vizio Tablet has started to arrive in stores as scheduled. Costco is among the stores starting to stock the device, where it is retailing for $329, a $20 discount off the full recommended retail. The device is shipping with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with a future upgrade to Android 3.2 or Ice Cream Sandwich a possibility.
Device slated for mid-July launch
Vizio has begun taking pre-orders for its upcoming tablet, which is paired with a $400 price tag. The pre-order price appears to be slightly higher than earlier reports suggested, with several rumors and a Walmart leak pointing to a budget-focused pricing structure starting at $349. The pre-order page also confirms a ship date of July 18.
Deals on HDTV's, Blu-ray Players, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on HDTV's, Blu-ray players, and more. Onsale.com has recently lowered the cost of the refurbished Vizio 32-inch LCD HDTV, complete with 1366 x 768 maximum resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, 8ms response time, and four built-in HDMI ports. Currently featured at DealNN, this HDTV has dropped to $247.99 in price and offers savings of up to $202.
Vizio mid-year update sees new earphones, more
Vizio continued a string of mid-year AV updates with a turn towards audio and Blu-ray players. The VHE211is its first real mobile in-ear headphones and include a built-in mic for iPhones and other smartphones to handle calls. Vizio claims to have better quality than usual in the class with 9mm neodymium drivers and a flat design to fight tangling; they ship in white or black this summer for $30.
Vizio shows M3D and Google TV sets in new roadmap
Vizio on Wednesday detailed its roadmap for TVs in the second half of 2011, including its first Google TV sets. The XVT 6 series in 47- and 55-inch forms will run the new Android 3.1 TV platform along with its Via Plus services. The sets will carry 480Hz LCD panels, support both Bluetooth and touchpad controls, and come with four pairs of 3D glasses when they ship in December.
Vizio Via tablet gets launch details
Vizio on Tuesday Via tablet. The eight-inch Android 2.3 slate is due to ship in July and should cost about $349. A spokesman told Engadget that future OS upgrade to Android 3.2 or Ice Cream Sandwich was a possibility, but wasn't ready to commit to an OS choice in the near future.
Apple allegedly partnering on TVs with Apple TV
A new rumor has resurfaced the frequent claim that Apple would have a self-branded TV set. A supposed Apple executive claimed the Apple TV hardware would be integrated into TV sets built by a "major supplier" but badged with Apple's logo. What DailyTech was told about would be planned for a fall launch but could wait until 2012 if the product wasn't ready.
Google buys out SageTV
SageTV in a notice to its users said on Saturday that it had been bought out by Google. The open-source home theater software developer said it signed onboard because of a "shared vision for open technology" that would move their Internet-focused experience. They hoped to reach an "even larger audience" on different products, platforms, and services, hinting it wouldn't necessarily be limited to Android.
Vizio Android tablet to hit Walmart in six weeks
A Walmart inventory finding on Friday has narrowed down the release timing for the Vizio Via tablet. The "Vizio 8" Tablet" has surfaced in the system alongside other tablets with a "week 26" ship date. The Engadget notice would have it arriving in about six weeks, or in late July.
Integrates with home entertainment system
In the video below, LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin got a preview of the Vizio Via tablet and 65-inch XVT3D650SV 3D display. The tablet, display, and Via smartphone have a shared interface, which includes a "flick" feature that sends pictures from the tablet to the TV or phone with a gesture. The tablet also has an application to act as a remote control for the entertainment system.
Vizio VTAB1008 reaches FCC, stores soon
Vizio looks like it is closer to releasing its first Android tablet. First teased during the Rose Bowl, the VTAB1008 has now made an appearance at the FCC. Having recently turning up in Walmart’s inventory for $349, its appearance at the FCC suggests that a formal unveiling will not be far away.
OnLive gets Wireless Controller and Facebook
OnLive swung into action ahead of E3 on Thursday with the unveiling of a gamepad that should work on nearly every platform. Its Universal Wireless Controller can directly control the streaming game service from not just Macs or Windows PCs but also the MicroConsole, Android tablets like the HTC Flyer, the iPad, and some Vizio TVs. Bluetooth is available for those devices that can use it but is braced by a USB adapter that can plug directly into devices that normally want a wired link.
Google TV with Android 3.1 shown at IO 2011
A session at Google I/O on Wednesday afternoon showed off the regular interface of Google TV using Android 3.1. The platform will have its core apps at the bottom like a tablet and will make room for widget up top; a calendar widget was one of the examples. Search is also now cleaner and includes a separate "more results" section for third-party apps, such as a track in Napster or a Pandora radio station.