Philips GoGear Connect gets Gingerbread and some new threads, we go hands-on

It's been a while since we last saw Philip's GoGear Connect PMP, and in the meantime it's acquired a new look and a new flavor of Android. The new GoGear has gone from white to black, lost its trackball in favor of a capacitive touchscreen display, and exchanged the lowly Android 2.1 for Gingerbread. Like its competition from Samsung, the device also has access to the Android Market and all those apps that lesser PMPs lack. After getting some quality time with a prototype of the new device, we found the copper-colored buttons and speaker grill running along its right side to form an intriguing design, but the overall fit and finish -- not to mention the lack of a backlight for the screen -- demonstrated that it wasn't quite ready for primetime. Luckily, there's plenty of time to work out the kinks, as Philips has pegged a September debut for the 8GB and 16GB versions (at $179 and to-be-determined price points, respectively), and promised a 32GB iteration will come later. PR after the break.

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Philips GoGear Connect MP4 Player

Philips GoGear Connect allows you to multi-task so you can listen to music look at maps and use location-based services all at the same time. The first WiFi-enabled MP4 player from Philips to offer the full AndroidTM experience, plus superior sound experience and a world of apps and games at your fingertips.

Superb quality sound
• FullSound™ to bring your MP3 music to life
• Sound Isolation headphones to minimize environmental noise
• SafeSound to enjoy music to the max without damaging your ears

Complements your life
• High speed WiFi for high speed internet access
• Android Market to access thousands of applications
• HD video (720p ) playback support

Easy and intuitive
• Bright 3.2" capacitive touch-screen for an enjoyable experience
• Philips Songbird: one simple program to discover, play, sync
• LikeMusic to make playlists of songs that sound great together

Available: September 2011
Suggested Retail Price: $179.99