Samsung's Galaxy Player: an Android iPod touch?
Samsung moved to fill that gap by adding two WiFi-enabled Galaxy Players to its lineup of music players. (You didn't know Samsung made those things? You're forgiven.) Each one follows the iPod touch playbook fairly closely; the larger model looks almost indistinguishable from one of the Korean firm's Galaxy S Android phones.
That model, called just the "Galaxy Player," includes a 4-in. color screen, 8 or 16 gigabytes of internal memory (expandable with a microSD Card), and cameras on the front and back. It also includes some features absent from the iPod touch: GPS and speakers on the back. The smaller Galaxy Player 50, the smaller white model in the photo above, shrinks the screen to 3.2 inches and drops the front-facing camera.
Both run Android 2.2, already one version behind what ships on Samsung's Nexus S phone today. Neither has an announced price or ship date yet.
But the real mystery about these devices is something more fundamental: What sort of desktop software might come with them to sync music, photos and videos to them. That's not necessarily a big problem in Windows, where Microsoft's Windows Media Player doesn't care what kind of device you plug in. On a Mac, it's an enormous issue. Apple's iTunes won't sync to other companies' phones or media players. If Samsung thinks it can just leave the work of writing an iTunes plug-in or a separate sync tool to third-party developers, these two gadgets will remain something less than an Android iPod touch.
| January 7, 2011; 9:00 PM ET
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