written by: Robert Faustus•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 1/6/2011
Samsung has been on a roll with their Galaxy series. From the Samsung Galaxy S to the Samsung Galaxy Tab, they have been dominating with Android-powered devices. At CES 2011, Samsung unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Player, a portable media player. Aimed to go head-to-head with the iPod Touch.
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Samsung Galaxy Player YP-GB1 Preview
Samsung has been on quite the rise with Android-powered devices. Starting with the Samsung Galaxy S series of Android-powered smartphones, Samsung went on to create the Samsung Galaxy Tab, an Android-powered tablet. Samsung has now recently announced the creation of a new Android-powered media player. During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011, Samsung unveiled a string of impressive new devices and this new entry into the portable media market was announced with it. The portable media player has been named the Samsung Galaxy Player (YP-GB1). The Samsung Galaxy Player is a very familiar device, looking almost identical to its smartphone brother.
The Samsung Galaxy Player is in quite an odd niche, similar to the iPod Touch. For people who already have a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Player would be going overboard. Instead, the Samsung Galaxy Player is most likely aiming for users who do not wish to own a smartphone but still want an easy to use, powerful portable media player.
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What to Expect
The Samsung Galaxy Player has been announced as having a 4 inch LCD (interestingly not a Super AMOLED) touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel rear camera, and will come preloaded with Android 2.2. The Samsung Galaxy Player will actually be the first ever Android-powered smart media player. The Samsung Galaxy Player is taking on yet another Apple product, the iPod Touch. It seems that Samsung is really going on a binge taking on Apple's products from all fronts. The Samsung Galaxy S taking on the iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy Tab going against the iPad and finally the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Player taking on the iPod Touch. It will be interesting to see how much interest it will pick up.
Beyond being a music player, the Samsung Galaxy Player can also be used to play video. In addition, it has access to the Android Market, meaning it will have access to the 120,000 applications available on Google Android platforms. This means the Samsung Galaxy Player will also have wireless connectivity, just not the telecommunications type. You'll have to find a Wi-Fi hotspot or an unprotected wireless network to connect online while you're on the go.
There has been no news on whether or not the Samsung Galaxy Player will be able to undergo an update to Android 2.3, Gingerbread. Considering the Samsung Galaxy S smartphones have undergone some significant delay for updating to Android 2.3 in the United States, one can only expect that the Samsung Galaxy Player may very well fall under the same fate.
The Samsung Galaxy Player will not be replacing all of the media players Samsung currently has to offer. In its homeland of Korea, Samsung lags behind Apple and iRiver with the Yepp series of media players. The Samsung Galaxy Player will be targeted towards the global market, and at the same time, hopefully bring back a share of that exposure back to Korea to pull it ahead of its competition. No current pricing has been announced.