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While it may not grab the headlines of the iPhone or iPad, Apple's iPod Touch has been a very successful "kid brother" of sorts to their touchscreen smartphone and tablet. I often wondered if we would ever see an Android-powered equivalent to the Wi-Fi-only media device. Today Samsung announced that they will be giving customers just that with their upcoming Galaxy Player 5. A smaller (by 1") version, the Galaxy Player 4, will be released simultaneously

The media player runs Android 2.2 'Froyo' with Samsung's Touchwiz UI, and 1GHz Hummingbird processor. The larger Galaxy Player 5 will have a 5" WVGA display, and the smaller Galaxy Player 4 will feature a 4" screen. You can see the full specs for both models below:

Galaxy Player 5:

  • Android 2.2 Froyo (device capable of 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade, but not promised)
  • 5″ WVGA TFT LCD screen
  • 8 GB of internal storage, 32 GB of external storage supported
  • VGA Front-facing camera, 3.2 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and Flash
  • SoundAlive Sound Engine and stereo speaker present
  • Qik VoIP calls and videochat available on Wi-Fi
  • Video codecs: DivX, Xvid, WMV, MPEG4, H.264
  • Audio codecs: MP3, AAC, WMA, Ogg, FLAC
  • Samsung AllShare DLNA supported
  • Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, Accelerometer, and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Android Market and Google Mobile apps available

Galaxy Player 4:

  • Android 2.2 Froyo (device capable of 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade, but not promised)
  • 4″ SuperClear LCD screen
  • 8 GB of internal storage, 32 GB of external storage supported
  • VGA front-facing camera, 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus
  • SoundAlive Sound Engine and stereo speaker present
  • Skype pre-loaded for Wi-Fi audio calls, Qik pre-loaded for Wi-fi videochat
  • Video codecs: DivX, Xvid, WMV, MPEG4, H.264
  • Audio codecs: MP3, AAC, WMA, Ogg, FLAC
  • Samsung AllShare DLNA supported
  • Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, Accelerometer, and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Android Market and Google Mobile apps available

 

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The device was shown by Samsung at Mobile World Congress, but was kept somewhat under the radar as they apparently were gauging what kinds of reactions it got before deciding to proceed. Whether they have chosen wisely by moving ahead is certainly up for debate. I hardly see a need for someone who already has an Android phone to also have a Galaxy Player. When you add tablets into the mix, the thought of adding another Android device becomes even more absurd. Nonetheless, there could certainly be a market for this, and we like to see customers offered Android choices where they previously only had iOS options. No price or release date have been announced.

We know most of our readers sport Android phones - do you have any interest in the Galaxy Player? Do you see anyone having much of an interest in it? Let us know below.

Source: Androidinica, Slashgear and BGR

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  • ari-free

    Not everyone can afford a data plan. that's what these things are for. ipod has all these games for the kids with ipods.

    • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

      Also, not everyone is on a carrier with good Android phones. This is a great option for lots of people.

    • Tk

      Agreed about the data plans and kids. I would never buy one for myself but I would buy one for my kids in lieu of buying them a phone with a data plan.

    • wp7isthebest

      Yeah but the difference is what kinds of apps will Android have that can convince people to buy this instead of an iPod Touch? The iPod Touch I'd say is predominately for people who want to play those fantastic iPhone games without a data plan. A cursory glance at the Android Market does not convince me that this device will sell many units because there isn't a library here.

      • FX111

        I completely understand your point about the apps but, There wasn't much of a market when Android launched and it still managed to grow like a monster.

        There are people who love apple and people who love to hate apple (i"m assuming you already know this). This device is for the latter of the two, I wouldn't be surprised at all if this sold very well and opened up a whole new market for developers. Thus giving the masses something they haven't really had yet, an option.

  • http://www.androidbattery.net Android Battery

    Is there any guesses on what the pricing will be like for these galaxy players? Also, I hope the battery life won't be awful like most Samsung phones.

    • J Rush

      I'm still debating whether or not to take your comment seriously. Most Samsung devices have excellent battery life, I would know, I've had 3. However, I too am curious of the battery life. I would like to see some device specs.

  • Jon Garrett

    Im new to the Android scene so forgive me for this question.

    Q. why are new devices being released with Android Froyo when gingerbread is supposed to be the newest version?

    Is 2.2 for phones only while 3.0 is for tablets?

    • mike

      Yes, Android 2.2 (Froyo) and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) are only for phones, while Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) is only for tablets.

  • milad

    It's going to be FAIL and can't compete with Ipod touch , why? because I have the 2nd generation of ipod touch and still my ipod touch is up to date , but samsung device?! don't think so ....

    • J Rush

      Prove it. Oh wait, you can't! You don't know if it will be a FAIL or not. also, Samsung is stepping up their game, updates and all. I'd like to see an iPod match up against a Galaxy Player, just to see how old and outdated the iPod is.

      • NuMoo

        It is now Jan 2012!
        Where is this "iPod Touch killer"?!?!!!!!!
        Yak,yak,yak........

  • MicroNix

    Search youtube for "samsung galaxy player 50". They've had a great commercial there for some time. I wished they'd air this on TV and show the world (for the first time it seems) what *Android* is capable of. They did a great job on it...

  • Misteral

    My girlfriend and I are both running Android on HD2s. Due to the battery consumption, we don't use the media playing capabilities that much, and we are a couple of years off buying new phones. She's in the market for an MP3/4 player and this is very appealing. Neither of us want to go down the Apple road due the restrictive nature of the OS and also iTunes.

    I think there will be others who would be interested in this device, so I think Samsung might be on to a winner here.

    • J Rush

      +1

      Samsung will definitely offer a choice for the first time in a long time when it comes to media players. A choice is a something consumers LOVE. And when you have a choice, the possibilities are unlimited.

  • http://emaciatedwildebeest.tumblr.com Jeff

    Samsung should of done this years ago. They've had Android media players out in Korea for several years, but only now do they release it in the US.

    • J Rush

      +1
      If they would had this out years ago, Apple probably wouldn't have as big a market share as they do now, considering iPod's are the consumers primary choice, but I'm curious to see how well the Galaxy Player does.

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