While Android smartphone sales top iPhone sales, the roles are reversed when it comes to the music business. The iPod touch doesn’t really have a worthy Android competitor out there, although one could also argue that any smartphone also offer music and video playing support.
However, those people interested in a device that would only play music and video files, but also run apps from time to time, should know that Sony and Samsung are preparing new Android-based portable media players (PMPs) for their customers.
Sony has already announced its Walkman F800 Series, but availability dates have not been unveiled yet. The device will feature a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, 8/16/32GB memory, a battery capable of 4.5 hours of video playback and 20 hours of music playback, and, most importantly, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich under the hood.
Samsung has not announced its next Android PMP, but new benchmark tests have revealed that the company is indeed working on a new YP-GP1 Galaxy Player. Just like the new Walkman F800, Samsung’s PMP will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. Other specs include a touchscreen display with 960 x 540 qHD resolution, a 1GHz processor and a PowerVR 540 GPU from Imagination Technologies. The device may be unveiled at some point in the following months, quite possible at IFA 2012, the German trade show that takes in Berlin in early September.
Anyone interested in new Android ICS-running PMPs?