HTC Looks To Be Entering The Portable Media Player Fray

It’s no secret. The iPod owns the portable media player sector, but that hasn’t stopped Android OEMs from taking a stab it. Most recently, the Samsung Galaxy Players have been top dog for team Android, but it appears HTC is near ready to join in the fun and with a novel design it seems. The screenshots you see here in this post are taken from a patent filing from Q1 2011. In the illustrations (another after the break) you can clearly see a kickstand as well as multiple speaker grills. This thing looks like its ready to crank it up to 11, no sweat, and since its HTC, a device like this has got to have Beats on board. Of particular interest is that it appears the speakers are ordinarily hidden and you slide the two back halves to create the surround sound experience. Speaking of Surround, we’ve seen an approach similar to this on the Windows powered HTC Surround. Looks like they saved the better stuff for Android!  Read more

Samsung launches Galaxy Player 70 Plus – Dual core PMP

Samsung’s Galaxy line of devices have been a monumental success for the Korean giants, the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab range of phones and tablets are critically-acclaimed, household names. Despite this success Samsung is yet to make a huge splash in the Personal Media Player (PMP) market, however it appears that they’re working hard to turn that around. We introduced you to the forthcoming Galaxy S WiFi, announced at the Mobile World Congress last week, well Samsung is set to bolster its PMP range with the release of the Galaxy Player 70 Plus for South Korea.

The Galaxy Player 70 Plus pays more than a passing resemblance to the original Galaxy S (I9000) and the highlights of the device are :

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz skin
  • Dual-core, 1Ghz processor
  • 5″ LCD, 800 x 480 touch screen
  • 5MP rear camera with  front camera for video calls
  • 2500 mAh battery
  • 16GB or 32GB storage options with micro SD slot
Android has plenty of flagship phones and tablets on the market however we are yet to see an Android PMP challenge the success of Apple’s all-conquering iPod. Could Samsung’s Galaxy Player line swing the momentum? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

source : sammyhub

We Go Hands-On With Sony Walkman Z (Video)

Sony is planning to make a big push against Apple’s iPod Touch line by revamping its lineup of personal media players. It announced its Walkman Z media player just a few days ago, but we were curious to see how the device looked and felt. Rob Nazarian got a chance to play with the new toy and share some initial comments and thoughts about the device. We can see the device’s thin form factor, svelte design and overall sleekness on both the front and back of the device. There’s also the sharp 4.3-inch WQVGA screen and fluid Gingerbread 2.3 UI in action. The music player looks great especially with its nice graphics and layout, doesn’t it? Makes you wish you hadn’t gotten that iPod Touch for Christmas. Words aren’t enough to describe the Walkman Z, so be sure to check it out in action at the video below. Afterwards, stay tuned with Talk Android for our continuous coverage of CES 2012.

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Sony Introduces Walkman Z Portable Media Player





CES is still alive and kicking on a blockbuster first day and Sony aims to close out the day with a bang. We already knew that the Walkman Z was possibly on its way, but we didn’t know how soon we’d see the device. Sony finally unveiled its sleek and sexy new portable media player and announced it is on its way to American soil. Sony plans to unleash 3 variations too: the 32G model at $329.99, the 16G model at $279.99 and the 8G at $249.99. Here’s some specifics of the Walkman Z series since you all care:

  • All 3 devices will feature the W button in order to quickly open the media player
  • Features a 4.3-inch WVGA display
  • Fully supports DLNA technology
  • Operated by Gingerbread 2.3

Attractive features for a PMP device, aren’t they? Hit the break for the full presser from Sony. Read more

Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 Unboxing and Initial Review

It’s been a little over a month since Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Players for the United States. The Galaxy Players have been available overseas for some time, but as of about 2 weeks ago you can purchase either model in the states. The Galaxy Player 5.0 features a 5-inch (800 x 480) Super Clear LCD display and the Galaxy Player 4.0 features a 4-inch (800 x 480) Super Clear LCD display. These are WiFi only devices similar to the iPod Touch, but you still have the full Android Market and all the capabilities of a typical Android phone minus mobile data connectivity.

Both come with a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 3.2MP rear camera, VGA front camera, 8GB built in memory (expandable to another 32GB via microSD), and Gingerbread 2.3.5. You will find a bigger battery in the 5.0, which is at 2,500mAh, as opposed to 1,200mAh for the 4.0. You can purchase the 5.0 for $269 or the 4.0 for $229 through all major retailers. So far it looks like a really nice device for those that just want something simple to use in the house for media and playing games. I will give a full review soon, but for now, check out the initial hands on after the break.

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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 [Video]

Earlier today we were at the Samsung Galaxy Portfolio Event in New York City, and we had a change to checkout the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 and 4.0. They will be available for pre-order on September 27th, and available nationwide on October 16th. Pricing will be $229 for the 4.0 and the $269 for the 5.0.

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Samsung announces Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 for the U.S.

We are at the Samsung Galaxy Portfolio, and they just announced the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 will be available for pre-order starting September 27th and nationwide starting October 16th. The Galaxy Players are WiFi only devices that give you all the functionality of Android for those looking for a “personal media player” type of device.

The Galaxy Player 5.0 will have a 5-inch WVGA TFT LCD (800×480) and the Galaxy Player 4.0 will have a 4-inch WVGA TFT LCD (800×480). Both will come with Android 2.3.5 and a 3.2MP rear camera along with a VGA front camera. Pricing will be $229 for the 4.0 and the $269 for the 5.0.

Full Specs:

Network WiFi™ 802.11b/g/n
OS Android™ 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)
Display 5” WVGA TFT LCD (800×480) 5.0 / 4” WVGA Super Clear LCD (800×480)
Camera Rear : 3.2MP Camera AF with LED Flash
Front : VGA Camera
Video Format : MPEG4/H263/H264,Divx/Xvid
Playback & Recording: 720p HD Video
3.5mm Ear Jack, FM Radio and Stereo Speaker


Android Market™
Google™ Mobile Services : Google™ Talk, Google™ Maps, Books, etc.
Task Manager
Voice Recorder
Connectivity Bluetooth® 3.0
Mini USB
Memory 8GB, microSD slot (up to 32GB)
Size 3.07 x 5.56 x 0.46 inches 5.0 / 2.53 x 4.87 x 0.39 inches 4.0
Weight 6.42 ounces 5.0 / 4.27 ounces 4.0
Battery 2,500mAh 5.0 / 1,200mAh 4.0

Full press release and pictures from the event after the break:

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Cowon D3 Plenue is an Android 2.1 based portable media player, looks pretty slick

We got an email this morning about a new Android-based PMP, the first one running Android 2.1. Granted, it doesn’t look like it’s anywhere near stateside from the shots we’ve seen, but that doesn’t keep it from looking pretty awesome. According to the article sent to us, the Cowon D3 Plenue has:

  • Android 2.1
  • 800×480 3.7 inch AMOLED Display
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • WLAN 802.11 b/g
  • gravity sensor
  • vibration feedback
  • terrestrial DMB
  • FM Radio
  • E-Book
  • Photo Album
  • vocabulary
  • Twitter
  • More applications

The D3 Plenue will come in black and purple, with capacities of 8, 16, and 32 GB, along with a MicroSD expansion slot to rock your tune capabilities even further. Be sure to hit the break for a full gallery of pics, and let us know what you think in the comments. Cheers, Erik!

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Samsung Galaxy Player looks to take on the iPod Touch

It seems that Samsung is readying an answer to the iPod Touch which is scheduled to be announced at CES next week (yes, I can finally say next week). The device, supposedly dubbed the Galaxy Player, will be very much like the Galaxy S we have all come to know quite well.

The Galaxy Player will feature a 1GHz processor, a 4-inch WVGA LCD display, SoundAlive audio enhancement technology, dual cameras, HD video playback support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and Froyo. Also, the device is rumored to be coming in three flavors: 8GB, 16GB and 32GB. Pricing and a release date is unknown at this point, but I’m sure we’ll be finding out next week.

[via BGR]

Archos 32 PMP pretends to be an Android tablet

We’re not exactly sure how a device with a 3.2″ display can be considered a tablet, but Archos seems to think it should.  The Archos 32 screams PMP, with a slim design and support for multiple file type playback, including AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, WMV, and MPG.

In addition to the 3 inch screen, this “tablet” boasts Android 2.2, an 800MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and an internal microphone.

All this can be yours for only $150 bucks, although you’re only going to get 8 gigs of internal memory.  Oh well, I’m sure there’s some kind of market for a device like this, or at least I’m hoping there is for Archos’ sake.

[via Engadget]