After a bunch of teasing, we may finally be able to buy a portable Android device not connected to a carrier.
SamsungHub today reports that CES will be the US coming out party for the Samsung Galaxy Player PMP. In other words, you can get a popular Galaxy S smartphone without the 3G radio internals or a contract with a carrier for significantly less than, say the $530 Nexus S. I covered this development in August and again in October.
What's interesting about this category of device is that if you are within range of Wifi or even a Mifi-device or phone you can still make calls on VoIP. Skype and even Google (GOOG) are building their VoIP offerings for these types of devices.
Apple's (AAPL) iPods in general have been slightly declining in sales overall due largely to the move to the iPhone for PMP services. However, the iPod touch is Apple's most popular iPod device, outpacing sales of the Nano, Classic and budget-minded Shuffle.
So why should Samsung enter this declining market? There are still a lot of iPod touches sold and, at the moment, there aren't any viable Android alternatives.
Samsung also creates many of the parts, including the A4 processor, for Apple's iOS products creating a bit of a sticky situation.
Specs of Samsung's new Galaxy Player device below:
Japan's iPhone-loving population has taken home the Galaxy S more than any phone over the past week, according to Japanese market researcher BCN.
During the last week in October, the Samsung Galaxy S phone running Android 2.2 was the top selling smartphone in Japan, beating out both the 32 GB iPhone and the 16GB iPhone (but not both combined). The week marked the debut of the Galaxy S phone so there MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 4, 2010 8:11 AM ET
The Android-based smartphones sold across the aisle from the iPhone 4 on AT&T and on T-Mobile, the nation's smallest major carrier.
Samsung's Galaxy S smartphone is a blockbuster globally and recent numbers show it is poised for similar success in the US. The high end smartphone boasts a super-thin form factor with 4-inch Super-AMOLED display and a speedy 1GHz Hummingbird processor.
The knock on Android so far has been that its success MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 29, 2010 6:10 PM ET
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