Finally! An Android Device to Compete with the iPod Touch – Samsung Galaxy Player

Samsung is on a mobile gadget roll these days. Their Galaxy S Android-based smartphones are selling extremely well. Their Galaxy Tab 7-inch tablet (also based on Android OS) is doing so well that Steve Jobs may need to retract his statement about people not wanting a tablet with a “small” 7-inch display. So, what’s next for Samsung? How about something compete with Apple’s iPod touch? Samsung Hub reports that:

Samsung confirms Galaxy Player, will showcase at CES 2011

– Android OS 2.2 (Froyo, not 2.3 Gingerbread)
– Access to Android Market
– 1GHz processor
– 800×480 display resolution
– WiFi
– Bluetooth
– microSD slot
– Removable battery
– 3.2 megapixel camera
– VGA (640×480) resolution front facing camera

There only two big questions left:

1. What will it cost?
2. What will Samsung use to compete with the iTunes Store for easy media rental or purchase?

Samsung’s Galaxy Player component story has a lot of advantages of the iPod touch: GPS, microSD slot, removeable battery, and 3.2 megapixel camera (compared to the iPod touch’s low resolution sub-megapixel photos from its rear facing camera). The only real component shortfall is the Player’s 800×480 screen. The current generation iPod touch has a 960×640 pixel display. Still, 800×480 is still a reasonable display resolution for a phone-sized device.