While Archos' event this week was predominantly about their Archos 5 Android-based Internet Tablet, they couldn't help but tease with another upcoming device building on Google's open-source platform. The Archos Phone Tablet is, as the name suggests, a 3.5G-enabled version of the Archos 5, adding HSDPA/HSUPA connectivity to the PMP's existing WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth.
SlashGear stopped by the Archos launch event last night for the company's new Android-powered Internet Tablet, the Archos 5. The idea is straightforward: all of Archos' usual media-centric abilities are there, including broad codec support and the ability to play local and network-based content, but rather than their home-grown Linux-based OS the French company has turned to Android and a custom UI shell.
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Last we saw of the ODROID Android Entertainment device was a spec-sheet and some tiny images; now, at least, we know they have a working prototype. The company has sent us a video demonstrating the ODROID's HD movie-out connectivity, as well as some big-screen gameplay, with the gaming handheld's ARM Cortex A8 processor proving just as capable as we've seen from the iPhone 3GS.
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We've seen Android on MIDs, Android on PMPs and of course Android on smartphones, so it should come as no surprise that the humble landline phone is next. Thing is, Cloud Telecomputer don't seem to have received the memo about your desk phone being humble, as their Glass design rocks an 8-inch full-color touchscreen, HD audio, Bluetooth connectivity and desktop computer integration.
As promised, Archos have announced that they will be holding a press conference on September 15th where star of the show will be their new Android Internet Tablet. The company has also launched AppsLib, a new directory for developers and the Android apps they create for "high-end Android devices"; that site lists development guidelines for the touchscreen device as using a 5-inch WVGA display, with 720p video support, an HDMI output and native OpenGL libraries.
Having only been looking at Android MIDs the other day, here's another to add to the roster. An anonymous source sent Pocketables three images of an unnamed touchscreen device running Google's open-source mobile OS, with nothing but the hint of integrated 3G, WiFi and a display between 4.3 and 5 inches in size.
The Archos 2 PMP may not have the Android OS we've all been patiently waiting for, and neither does it have the nifty touchscreen interface of its 3 Vision sibling, but that doesn't mean it can't be a reasonable, budget media player. Generation MP3 have one in to review - in a hue unpleasantly bordering on puce - and have found that while the Archos 2 may not embody all the innovation we've come to expect from the company, it does hit the right price spot.
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Archos brought their PMP and tablet roadshow to the UK today, revealing not only pricing and availability for the upcoming Vision mediaplayer range but details of their Android MID. The Vision range - which currently includes 2-inch and 3-inch touchscreen models - will land in the UK in August; meanwhile, Archos reconfirmed that their Android MID will make its debut on September 15th.
Microsoft and NVIDIA are working together to optimize Windows CE for Tegra-based Smartbooks, with NVIDIA exec Mike Rayfield describing Android as having a "rough user interface". Windows CE, meanwhile, has a "low memory footprint and a good collection of apps" and "is a rock-solid operating system that has been shipped billions of times" claimed the general manager for NVIDIA's mobile business unit.
After the cut: 1080p Tegra Smartbooks and more on the Tegra Zune HD rumors