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ARCHOS Mate puts Amazon Alexa front and center

ARCHOS Mate puts Amazon Alexa front and center

With Apple staying clear of the fight, the nascent smart display market has been yet again a two-horse race. On the one side, you have Google with its own Home Hub as well as third-party Google Assistant displays. On the other is Amazon which, admittedly, has fewer third-party allies to back up its Echo Show. That roster, however, is growing and the latest to join that fray is, surprisingly, French manufacturer ARCHOS with its upcoming Mate “smart home bridges” with displays of their own.

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ARCHOS Hello 5, 7, 10 bring full Android to smart displays

ARCHOS Hello 5, 7, 10 bring full Android to smart displays

Google has been pushing its Assistant to all sorts of products and services and its latest campaign involves a new breed of Smart Displays from Lenovo, JBL, and LG, among others. With the Amazon Echo Show leading the way, a new market might be on the verge of booming. Not one to let an opportunity pass, ARCHOS has unveiled not one, not even two but three Hello smart displays. The catch is that, while they do support Google Assistant, they’re doing so by running a full Android OS inside.

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ARCHOS Access 57 is an 18:9 Android Go phone for your wallet

ARCHOS Access 57 is an 18:9 Android Go phone for your wallet

You can already smell IFA in the air, which means you need to prepare for the flood of product announcements coming your way, including smartphones. ARCHOS is kicking things off early to maximize the calm before the storm. That’s not to say that what it’s offering isn’t worthy of a storm. If you’re in Europe searching for a pristine but affordable Android smartphone, then the ARCHOS Access 57 4G, its first Android Go device, might fit the bill.

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Stop trusting these phone brands

Stop trusting these phone brands

A report made by Avast this morning delivered a list of devices with malware right out the box. I'd love to say this was a surprise, but it wasn't. Devices on the list published by Avast come from brand we've known to do devious deeds in the past. Let's take a look at this list and discuss why these brands need to be avoided and/or shut down by consumers completely.

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ARCHOS Hello Google Assistant Smart Display greets MWC 2018

ARCHOS Hello Google Assistant Smart Display greets MWC 2018

Move over smart speakers. Smart displays are in the house! Rated as one of the fastest growing segments in the tech market these days, smart speakers of all shapes, sizes, and prices have invaded both homes and store shelves. At CES last month, Google took up Amazon on its Echo Show challenge and announced a new subclass of connected devices: smart displays. Better late than never, French manufacturer ARCHOS is joining the fray at MWC with its Hello smart display and speaker in one. Not only that, it also has another trendy device to cater to those still holding out for bitcoins and their kin.

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Archos Citee Connect is an Android-powered electric scooter

Archos Citee Connect is an Android-powered electric scooter

What do you do when nobody is buying cheap Android tablets any more? Why, put Android onto scooters instead. At least, that's Archos' new strategy, with the French company - not averse to some weird products - unveiling a new urban transportation option that embeds Android controls into its handlebars.

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ARCHOS Core S phones jump on the 18:9 screen train

ARCHOS Core S phones jump on the 18:9 screen train

It’s been a while since we last heard from the French manufacturer, but this month ARCHOS is making a big comeback. And by big, we’re talking screen size but not phone size. Oui, ARCHOS has joined the 18:9 screen aspect ratio bandwagon and it’s flaunting its new Core 55S, Core 57S, and Core 60S at the upcoming MWC conference. But while these phones are advertised to meet increased demand for bigger screens, they might fall a bit short in meeting expectations for other features.

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These are the Kodak Android tablets nobody asked for

These are the Kodak Android tablets nobody asked for

It's no secret that camera makers have felt threatened by the popularity and growing capability of smartphones and their cameras. Some have simply chosen to ignore it and focus on their higher end. Some have tried to make their point and shoot cameras more affordable and enticing. Some, like Kodak, have decided to just jump on board. After putting out the Ektra smartphone, Kodak has decided to do likewise for tablets. No Ek-centric name this time. These are just called KODAK Tablets, and you might have to think really hard why you'd want one.

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ARCHOS 50 Graphite and 55 Graphite smartphones unveiled

ARCHOS 50 Graphite and 55 Graphite smartphones unveiled

ARCHOS has introduced two new Android smartphones, the ARCHOS 50 Graphite and the 55 Graphite. The names hint at the display sizes, with the 50 Graphite model featuring a 5.0” display and the 55 Graphite featuring a 5.5” display. The 55 Graphite model is a bit more notable over the 50 model, though, also packing things like USB-C.

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ARCHOS 101 Saphir rugged tablet comes with a keyboard

ARCHOS 101 Saphir rugged tablet comes with a keyboard

The word “Saphir” calls to mind “sapphire”, which, in the context of mobile devices, is usually associated with toughness and durability. That is probably the thought that ARCHOS is trying to evoke with the ARCHOS 101 Saphir, the first tablet in its rugged Saphir line. While it might not exactly be the toughest nor the most powerful, it may have one thing over other tablets in this niche market. This rugged Android tablet is really a 2-in-1 in disguise and comes with a keyboard to help boost productivity whenever and wherever.

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Kodak taps ARCHOS to make its next smartphones for Europe

Kodak taps ARCHOS to make its next smartphones for Europe

Brand licensing might be the next game in smartphones. BlackBerry got out of the smartphone manufacturing game but is letting OEMs like TCL and India's Optiemus to make BlackBerry-branded smartphones. Kodak is seemingly employing that same strategy after the "successful" (or so it says) launch of its very own Ektra smartphone. It has just announced its partnership with French manufacturer ARCHOS to create devices that will be sold in Europe not under ARCHOS own brand but as Kodak devices.

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ZTE, Lenovo, Archos dragged into BLU’s AdUps scandal [UPDATE]

ZTE, Lenovo, Archos dragged into BLU’s AdUps scandal [UPDATE]

Warranted or not, Chinese companies have had the misfortune of being associated with shady business practices and espionage. That has recently come to a rather sour turn when that situation directly reached US shores via Florida-based mobile device maker BLU Products. It seems, however, that the extent of the AdUps spyware is more far-reaching than initially thought. According to a report from mobile security outfit Trustlook, AdUps’ list of customers also includes some rather known brands like ZTE, Lenovo, MediaTek, and even France-based Archos.

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