Samsung's answer to the iPod Touch (or perhaps the Dell Streak) may finally be hitting U.S. shores. In fact, Samsung has two of these nontablet, nonphones lined up to go on sale in the U.S. starting October 16.
Named after their respective screen sizes, the Galaxy Player 4.0 and Galaxy Player 5.0 deliver the Android smartphone experience, minus calling, texting, and a cellular data connection. These guys are just for fun, and are priced accordingly. The Galaxy Player 4.0 starts at $229 (8GB), and the Galaxy Player 5.0 goes for $269 (8GB).
Aside from the difference in screen size, the devices share most of the same features. Both run Android 2.3.5 with a screen resolution 800x480 pixels. You get front (VGA) and rear (3.2mp) cameras, the official Android Market, FM radio, an integrated speaker, excellent music format support (including AAC, FLAC, and OGG), video format support (Xvid, DivX, H.264, MPEG4), Bluetooth 3.0, and microSD memory expansion up to 32GB.
Will Apple be able to compete with its anticipated iPod Touch? Time will tell.