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Samsung announces the Galaxy Player

In a move seemingly directly aimed at competing with Apple Inc.’s iPod Touch, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has announced a new ultra mobile device – the Galaxy Player, which comes in two flavors of either a 4-inch or 5-inch screen.

These devices will be running Android 2.2 and will be upgradeable to 2.3 – although Samsung does not have the greatest track record when it comes to upgrading its Android devices.

The Galaxy Player devices will be able to do everything a standard Android phone can do – except make and receive calls via a cellular network. You will be able to play games, browse the Web, watch videos, listen to music and take pictures. In fact you will be able to use Voice over Internet Protocol technology to make and receive calls over Wi-Fi, including video calls.

As has been the case with Android devices for a while, the Internet browsing experience will be a complete one with Flash 10.x support out of  the box.

Both devices will have eight gigabytes of  internal storage as well as support for microSD cards up to 32 GB.

The full specs for the devices (via Business Wire):

Galaxy Player 4” Galaxy Player 5”
OS Android Froyo 2.2 (upgradeable to Gingerbread 2.3) Android Froyo 2.2 (upgradeable to Gingerbread 2.3)
Multimedia
  • 4” Super Clear LCD, HD Video (Non Converting)
  • Stereo Speaker, Adobe Flash 10.1 Support
  • AllShare (DLNA) Support
  • SoundAlive™ Sound Engine, GPS
  • 5” WVGA TFT-LCD, HD Video (Non Converting)
  • Stereo Speaker, Adobe Flash 10.1 Support
  • AllShare (DLNA) Support
  • SoundAlive™ Sound Engine, GPS
m-VoIP
  • Voice Call : Skype(pre-installed), Receiver
  • Video Call: QiK, Front Camera
  • Video Call: QiK, Front Camera
Camera
  • Front : VGA
  • Rear : 3.2M AF
  • Front : VGA
  • Rear : 3.2M AF with Flash
Connectivity
  • WiFi(802.11 b/g/n), BT 3.0
  • microSD (up to 32GB)
  • WiFi(802.11 b/g/n), BT 3.0
  • microSD (up to 32GB)

Almost the full Android experience. Samsung had this to say about its line of Galaxy devices:

“Our Galaxy Family – including Galaxy S mobile phones and Galaxy Tab – has been a success because we give people what they truly wish for – access to thousands of Android Apps coupled with Samsung’s sleek design”

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