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Samsung Galaxy Player 50 is Android's answer to the iPod touch

The Samsung Galaxy Player 50 has been spied on YouTube, an Android music player that we're thinking of as Big Sam's version of the iPod touch.

The Samsung Galaxy Player 50 is Big Sam's Android equivalent of the iPod touch, for those who want smart phone goodness without the palaver of a phone. A new ad spotted on YouTube shows off what it can do.

The Player 50, which is already available for pre-order in France, runs Android 2.1. It will have a 3.2-inch display and a 2-megapixel camera, plus Wi-Fi and GPS.

You can buy apps from Android and Samsung stores and use Google mobile services just like you can with a Galaxy Android phone. It will also have an Internet browser so you can surf the Web using Wi-Fi, but obviously it won't have 3G. Below is the video showing off its features.

If it wasn't for the lack of phone capability, you could easily confuse the Galaxy Player for a low-end Android smart phone. If you already have a dumb phone for your needs, it may be a good alternative to the iPod touch as it looks like it does music well. You won't have to deal with clunky old iTunes either, as it offers the freedom to drag and drop files. DivX support means you won't have to go through the hassle of converting video, and it sports a useful FM radio too.

A French retailer is offering 8GB and 16GB versions of the Galaxy Player for €199 (£175) and €249 (£220) respectively. It's only on pre-order though, so there's no indication as to when the Player will actually arrive or if that will be the final price. We gave Samsung a call to find out if and when it would see its UK debut, but it hasn't come back to us. We'll let you know.

If the Galaxy Player does arrive, it'll be another gadget to line up in Samsung's pre-Christmas frenzy with the Samsung Galaxy Tab confirmed for 1 November, and new Android and Bada phones expected to make their debut too.

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