Samsung makes Android phones, tablets, and portable media players. But for the most part, the media players like the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 have had all the power of a 3 year old Android phone.
That’s starting to change with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Player 70 Plus.
The 70 Plus is Samsung’s first portable media player with a dual-core 1 GHz processor instead of the single-core chips found in most of its predecessors.
Samsung’s new media player has a 5 inch display, 16GB to 32GB of storage, and 2500mAh battery. It supports WiFi and I suppose you can use the Galaxy Player 70 Plus to make phone calls using Skype or other internet telephony apps, but what sets the device apart from phones is the fact that it doesn’t work over cellular networks.
Like other Samsung portable media players, it looks like the Galaxy Player 70 Plus does include access to the Google Android Market.
The portable media player launches in Korea this week. There’s no word on the screen resolution or what version of Android the Galaxy Player 70 Plus will run, but the press photos appear to show an Android 2.3 device with Samsung TouchWiz software.
What’s the Res on the screen? The current Player 5’s screen SUCKS because it’s such a low res for such a large screen. Esp if you have ever seen a galaxy NOTE.
Now give me a Galaxy Note with just wifi and I may be happy 🙂
Oh wait, I have a Galaxy Note with 3g….sweet! ha
Hmmm, an Apple iPod Touch for people that just HATE Apple. LOL
The iPod Touch is as open as Android and has a 5″ Screen?
Yes. No i-Tunes, no walled-garden. And as a developer, I can develop apps for Android using the operating system of my choice. To develop for iOS, one is required to use X-Code, which in turn requires OSX, which in turn requires an Apple computer. There’s absolutely no technical reason iOS application development should require an Apple computer — the toolchain is standard gcc stuff all the way until the final app-signing part. And they can’t make this available on other platforms? So yeah, I don’t want an iPod Touch, but would certainly like an iPod Touch-like product that doesn’t come with nonsensical strings attached.
Only Adroid 2.3? Apple laughing all the way to the bank.
As with most anything else, this was likely in development before Google announced Android 4. As such, it is more cost effective to launch now with the chosen version, and adapt 4 later, than halt everything while Android 4 is made compatible with the hardware.
1. Apple have the luxury of developing hardware and software in tandem.
2. Apple downgrades last seasons high end to this seasons budget.
The latter in particular makes Apple more interested in keeping new versions working on older hardware.
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