Samsung and Sony Launch Wi-fi Only Devices to Rival…the iPod Touch?


Remember the chills you felt in 2007 when Apple took the cloth off the iPod Touch?

Four years later, Samsung and Sony are trying to re-create that feeling somewhat on Android. Sony launched the Android Walkman at IFA in Berlin, where PCMag managing editor Wendy Sheehan Donnell got some hands-on time with what she described as an “Android-based Walkman music player” running on Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread. No release date or pricing info were given at the time. Click on the slideshow below for her hands-on photos.

Meanwhile, Samsung announced today out of London the Samsung Galaxy S Wi-Fi 3.6, a lightweight, Android “multimedia device” that connects through Wi-Fi only

It will be available in black or white, and debut in the UK in “early October” for £149 (US $240) for the 8GB model and £169 (US$273) for the 16GB. Retailers include Amazon, Dixons, Littlewoods, and Argos.

Its specs and looks have been drawing comparisons to the iPod Touch. It features a 3.6-inch screen, 1GHz OMAP processor (made by Texas Instruments, oddly), 2-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, and VGA front-facing camera, Bluetooth, and Android 2.3, or Gingerbread. Instead of a SIM card, users will simply make calls over Wi-Fi using VoIP services like Google Talk or Skype.

“There is considerable demand for access to rich multimedia anywhere-anytime, and with connectivity that enables users to easily share the content they care for wirelessly,” Samsung UK head of mobile, Simon Stanford, told reporters. “With the Galaxy WiFi 3.6 we have created a device that allows consumers to wirelessly access rich multimedia, choose from thousands of relevant applications to download, and communicate with friends using Social Hub – all in a portable media-rich device.”

Also at IFA, Samsung added two more members to the Samsung Galaxy family: the 7.7-inch Galaxy Tab and the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note smartphone. Click on the slideshow below for more images.

Samsung on Tuesday launched the highly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint.