Vizio Via Android phone and tablet announced – Nokia specialists developed them

Vizio, a California-based company that’s mainly known for making TV sets, is entering the Android phone and tablet markets this year.

The company’s first Android products are the Via Phone and the Via Tablet.

The Via Phone features a 4 inch display (likely WVGA), 5MP photo camera, and front-facing camera for video calling. The Via Tablet has an 8 inch display (of unknown resolution), Wi-Fi, three speakers, and video-calling camera.

Interestingly, the Wall Street Journal reports that Vizio’s Android phone and tablet were developed in the last 1 year and a half by a team of less than 10 people – including “mobile specialists from Nokia“. Both devices seem to feature some custom UI on top of Android. Customers will be able to use them as remote controls for other Vizio products.

Vizio’s Via Phone and Via Tablet will be commercially available starting this summer. Before that to happen, Vizio will showcase them at CES 2011 later this week. We’ll probably find out what versions of Android the new devices are based on there.

Author: Florin

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