The Next Generation of Samsung’s Galaxy S Series

Samsung's personal media player based on the Galaxy S series of smartphones

Watch out iPod touch, Samsung wants its Galaxy series to do battle on all three fronts: smartphones, tablets and now personal media players.

Samsung’s Galaxy series of smart devices have been strong sellers for the Korean based company and it wants to continue that success well into 2011. Besides just the new Nexus S smartphone it developed with Google, Samsung is also set to release a true successor to the Galaxy S at the 2011 Mobile World Congress in February at Barcelona, Spain. I have some information on what this success will pack and also overview what else the company has up its sleeves.

The replacement to the Galaxy S does not yet have a name but the Korean newspaper Chosunilbo has released what it knows about the device so far. A dual-core processor, near field communications (NFC) chipset for mobile payment abilities, gyroscope, and Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ are all set to be included. No big surprise here since Samsung’s Nexus S already has Android Gingerbread and NFC support. Release date? MWC 2011 starts February 14th so this could start hitting shelves by the end of that month.

Besides just a revamped lineup of Galaxy S phones (you just know Samsung will release several different, similar models under the brand), be on the lookout for an Android powered response to Apple’s iPod touch. The Samsung Galaxy Player will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in about…oh, less than two weeks.

Just like the iPod touch, Samsung’s Galaxy media player is practically identical to its smart phone big brother but without the cellular radio and with a less impressive screen. The iPod touch 4 lacks IPS (inter plane switching) in its screen and Samsung decided to pull Super AMOLED from its media player and instead just go with a regular LCD. As for the rest of the specs, they’re in line with a Galaxy S smart phone: 1 GHz processor, 4” touchscreen, front and rear cameras. Unfortunately, Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ will be coming on the device instead of the newly released Gingerbread.

Don't get your hopes up. It was a typo and once again says Android 2.1.

Interestingly, the United States is still waiting for the long promised update to Galaxy S smartphones to Android Froyo. Parts of Europe has gotten it by now but still no love on this side of the pond. With Froyo comes the ability to watch Adobe Flash videos. So what’s up Samsung? Going to try to force your next batch of Galaxy S smart phones on us by keeping our current devices in Éclair limbo?

Let me know if you’re interested in Samsung’s coming media player, its next batch of smartphones or just want your Froyo update already.

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