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!
Before, launching an Android PMP was slightly risky business, because Android Market was a place for apps. Now, however, Android Market has evolved into Google Play, and along the path toward that transition we’ve seen the introduction of many new media formats such as books, videos, and music added to the store. The world may finally be ready. In fact, I’m sure there are more than a few chomping at the bit to completely ditch iTunes. Their inevitable Beats branding should help propel this device as well. So, unknown specs and price aside, what do you all think? Would you go for this?