Samsung to Showcase Galaxy Player at CES ➝

Samsung Hub:

Samsung says the new music player takes inspiration from its successful Galaxy S phone and is spec’d similarly sans the cellular connectivity.

This is the first real Android-based iPod touch competitor. Why in the world it has taken so long for Android to have an iPod touch-like device is beyond me, but it’s available for pre-order from Amazon UK (8GB, 16GB) and will be coming to the US this summer.

The device runs Android 2.2, has a 4-inch 800×480 display, a 3.2MP rear-facing camera, a VGA front-facing camera, GPS, and has the Android Market built in.

This device is very tempting to me. I’m not much of an Android fan but would like to have a device laying around that I could use from time to time. And as long as it’s priced right when it hits the US, I would expect it’ll be pretty popular with children whose parents aren’t ready to pay for a data plan quite yet. This is going to put Android within reach of a whole new group of people who would never buy a smartphone.

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