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Vizio's New HDR 4K TVs Have Google Cast Built-In, Come With Android Tablet As A Remote

Vizio's P-Series 4K TVs* are about to get infinitely more Google-y. The new second generation models (P-Series Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display is the full name, but we'll gloss over that) come with Google Cast built-in, meaning a Chromecast or Cast-enabled set-top box isn't needed in order to cast over content.

There are four of them, all at different sizes and prices; 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch, ranging from $1,000 to $3,800. Note that Google Cast is different from Android TV - these TVs have no apps built-in, with all interaction being through Cast, same as when a Chromecast is plugged into a TV.

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Google Reportedly Working With Vizio To Add Native Casting To TVs

Google had a hit on its hands from the moment it released the original $35 Chromecast a few years ago, but not everyone who has a TV knows about all the cool things a Chromecast can do or that they can get one so cheaply. Apparently, Google wants to make it easier for people to start casting by simply building cast support into TVs, starting with Vizio.

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[CES 2014] Vizio's New Android-Powered Portable Smart Audio Speakers Don't Need A Paired Device To Have Fun

Vizio's pulled the curtains off two new Portable Smart Audio speakers that are powered by Android 4.4. What makes them special are the touchscreens embedded into the front of each device. Instead of having to pair them with a phone using Bluetooth, users will be free to stream music directly from the likes of Spotify and Pandora or enjoy video from Netflix or YouTube. Think of each version as a bulky tablet that doesn't need to rest in your lap, one with speakers that you won't leave you reaching for earbuds.

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The Portable Smart Audio line doesn't have the most memorable name, but consumers will have two options to pick from once these land on store shelves.

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[CES 2013] Vizio Announces New 7" (Tegra 3) And 10" (Tegra 4) Tablets Running Stock Android

If you like Nexus tablets, Vizio is gunning for your wallet. Today, the company announced a duo of tablets running stock Android. The first is most similar to the Nexus 10: a 10" display with the same retina-melting 2560x1600 resolution, only this one is powered by a Tegra 4 processor. Kal-El may not be a slouch, but let's be real. It's hard to not envy the 72 GPU cores that Wayne is packing.

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Here are the known specs for the device:

  • 10" 2560x1600 display
  • Tegra 4 SoC
  • 32GB storage
  • Front & rear cameras
  • Mini USB (Yes, mini not micro; see center photo below)
  • Micro HDMI
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (model shown running 4.1)

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As if that wasn't enough, the company also announced a direct Nexus 7 competitor.

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Vizio Co-Star Now Available For Pre-Order For $99, Ships By August 14th

Google I/O has come and gone with nary a mention of Google TV. Disheartening to say the least, but that doesn't mean that the platform is dead. Not while manufacturers keep making products for it. Products like the Vizio Co-Star. For $99, the Co-Star sits in the right sweet spot for Google TV device pricing. Combine the price with a remote that's smaller than a plank of wood, and OnLive gaming built right in, the little box actually looks like a pretty sweet deal. If Google TV is your thing, that is.

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Estimated shipping for this device starts on August 14th.

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[Deal Alert] Woot.com Offering Refurbished Vizio 8" VTAB With Folio Case For Just $159.99 (That's About $170 Off)

Woot.com has done it again, offering another great deal on an Android-powered piece of mobile tech. Up for grabs this time is a refurbished 8" VTAB from Vizio.

The VTAB is a budget-friendly slate running Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with Vizio's V.I.A. Plus interface). Woot is offering the VTAB, along with a handy folio case, for just $159.99 plus $5 shipping, which is a cool $170 off Vizio's list price.

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Here's a more complete look at the VTAB's specs:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread (With V.I.A. Interface)
  • 8" LCD Display at 1024x768
  • Front-facing VGA Camera
  • WiFi Connectivity
  • 1GHz Processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB Internal Storage (Expandable to 32GB via MicroSD)
  • Micro HDMI Port

If you're in the market for a basic, budget-friendly Android tablet, head over to Woot.com and take advantage of the deal before time runs out.

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[Deal Alert] Vizio 8-Inch VTAB1008 Tablet $199 With Free Shipping From Amazon

Remember that weird little Vizio tablet that was released back in July? Yeah, the one that works as a remote control for your Vizio Google TV. I feel like I'm not alone in thinking that it was slightly under-spec'd and drastically overpriced at launch, even if you can justify its use with your TV. Fortunately, Amazon has taken care of the latter issue by dropping the price down to a much more reasonable $199 with free shipping.

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The specs, on the other hand, are still the same:

  • 8 inch 1024x768 display
  • 512MB RAM
  • Front facing camera
  • MiniUSB port
  • Micro HDMI out
  • 4GB built-in storage, SD Card slot
  • Android 2.3

Even with its underwhelming specs, if you have a compatible HDTV, this little gizmo could be quite a bit of fun.

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[Updated: Even Cheaper From Costco & Amazon] Vizio Android Tablet Now Available For Pre-Order, Ships On July 18th

Update: If you're not into the idea of dropping $379 on this, then you can per-order it from Costco for $50 less ($329). Similarly, Amazon has the pre-order priced at $350, which is still a bit cheaper than ordering direct from Vizio.

If you've been counting down the days until Vizio releases its 8-inch Android-powered tablet, then you can breath a sigh of relief, as pre-orders are now live. The tablet itself is $379, but you can drop $20 extra and get a 16GB SD card and folio style case to go along with it. Here is a quick look at the specs:

  • 8 inch 1024x768 display
  • 512MB RAM
  • Front facing camera
  • MiniUSB port
  • Micro HDMI out
  • 4GB built-in storage, SD Card slot
  • Android 2.3

Although this tablet is sans-Honeycomb, it may still be worth the money for those of you who have a Vizio Google TV, as it's designed to accompany said device.

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Vizio Jumps Into The Android Game With VIA Phone And Tablet

CES hasn't even started yet, but we're already getting word of a newly announced Android tablet - as well as a handset - from television manufacturer Vizio. The specs are nothing to scoff at, either, as the VIA Phone can certainly hold its own against any phone on the market today:

  • 4.0" high-resolution display
  • Front-facing camera
  • 5 megapixel rear camera capable of HD video
  • 1 GHz processor
  • HDMI output
  • microSD card slot
  • Wi-Fi N

The VIA Tablet, on the other hand, while definitely not underpowered, might be disappointing to those who are awaiting a dual core tablet:

  • 8.0" high-resolution display
  • Front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 1 GHz processor
  • Three speakers for video conferencing

The devices are also running a custom UI called VIA Plus, which Matthew McRae, Chief Technology Officer at Vizio assures us will be found on any future smartphones, tablets, and TVs from the company.

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