Internet Media Tablet

13.3-inch Archos FamilyPad launches next month

Have you ever tried to have other people gather around your tablet to watch a video or view some other content? You probably know that a small seven or ten inch screen is not really made for sharing. Archos is looking to make the tablet sharable with its new, larger FamilyPad.

Android 1.6 Donut finally hits Archos 5 Internet Tablet

Archos have again released the Android 1.6 Donut firmware update for their Archos 5 Internet Tablet.  This marks the second attempt for the company, who briefly released an update back in December 2009 before promptly yanking it over a "major issue" with the web browser. The update brings with it all of the non-cellular improvements we're used to seeing in Android 1.6: a new Quick Search feature and improved power management are likely the two biggest draws for Archos 5 owners.  However there's also improvements in media file support, a new version of the ThinkFree Mobile documents viewer, and better UPnP support over WiFi.  There's a full changelog here. [via Twitter]

Archos Phone Tablet upcoming Android smartphone/PMP hybrid

The Archos 5 PMP was undoubtedly the star of the French company's launch event yesterday, but they couldn't help but tease with another new device.  The Archos Phone Tablet is, as the name suggests, a PMP/cellphone hybrid; in this case, it runs Android on a 1GHz ARM Cortex CPU, with integrated 3.5G for voice and data access. According to the scant information Archos gave us, the Phone Tablet will have a smaller display than the Archos 5 - 4.3-inches versus 4.8-inches - but a slightly higher resolution of 854 x 480.  It will measure just 10mm thick, and we were also shown an image of the rear of the Phone Tablet that indicated a camera; there also appears to be a front-mounted camera, likely for video calls. We'd also expect to see a fair chunk of flash storage in there - the Archos 5 packs up to 64GB - for media use.  Archos have been close-lipped on when exactly we might expect to see the Phone Tablet arrive, but we'll not argue with another Android-based smartphone.

Archos launch 5 Android Internet Tablet: hands-on video & gallery

It's not all phones running Android; yesterday Archos announced their much-anticipated Android-based PMP, the touchscreen Archos 5 Internet Tablet.  Packing a 4.8-inch resistive touchscreen, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth and a choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of flash storage or 160GB or 500GB of hard-drive based storage, the Archos 5 has a custom UI designed by the company to sit on top of Android. Both local and streaming network content is supported, and the Archos 5 also has the usual Android web browser for internet access.  Since the PMP lacks integrated 3G, Archos have made it straightforward to tether your cellphone via Bluetooth when there's no WiFi around; you can also use the Bluetooth to hook up a keyboard and mouse, while Archos also offer HDMI docks that will output 720p HD video (and browsing at 1,280 x 720 resolution) on your TV. An optional DVR Dock allows you to record TV or other video directly onto the Archos 5; pricing for the PMP itself ranges from $250 to $440.  For hands-on first-impressions of the Archos 5 Android Internet Tablet check out our SlashGear post. [vms be180185cac7d243c5eb] [gallery]

FCC report tips Archos A5S Android Internet Tablet

Archos' Android-based Internet Tablet has been prematurely revealed, courtesy of the company's FCC report.  The device - which resembles their existing Archos 5 PMP, but uses Google's mobile OS - has been confirmed as the Archos A5S (7501), as well as having an untested sibling device, the A5H (7501). The Archos A5S has WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and both an FM receiver and transmitter, together with a touchscreen and - going by the single image of the device powered on, which you can see in the gallery below - a custom UI on top of the standard Android interface.  While the FCC did not test any integrated 3G connectivity option, the (incomplete) user manual does suggest that at least one model will have it; it's been speculated that this could be the differentiating factor of the Archos A5H. There's also a microSD card slot and microUSB ports.  We're expecting the Archos Android MID to be officially announced on September 15th, hopefully with a price that puts it firmly in the "affordable companion device" category. [gallery] [via SlashGear]

Archos Android 3G PMP/MID announcement June 11th?

Could Archos be planning to announce their Android-based Internet Media Tablet phone on June 11th?  That's the leading interpretation of the company's new press conference invite, which confirms an event in Paris, France in less than a month's time.  While there's no written hint of what Archos may be announcing, the shadowy large-format MID/PMP device pictured on the invite, and the Android-esque vivid green color scheme are suggesting that it's their Android IMT that's on the agenda.  First tipped as in the pipeline back in February, the device is expected to include WiFi, 3G HSDPA/HSUPA, a 5-inch touchscreen and HD support in a chassis just 10mm thick. Archos then went on to tip a July release for the Android-PMP in their financial report, naming the device as one of three core strands of the company's 2H09 sales drive.  TI's OMAP3440 applications processor is expected to run the show, with "laptop-like" performance for HD playback. [via SlashGear & via Pocketables]

Android home-phone & tablet from T-Mobile in 2010

According to the NYT, T-Mobile USA are planning both a home phone and a tablet computer that will run the Android OS.  The former will have a recharging docking station, that handles data synchronization. As for the tablet, that apparently resembles a 7-inch netbook only without the keyboard section.  The touchscreen is used to access internet-based data, such as weather reports, or "managing data across a variety of devices in the home", which makes it sound like an intelligent remote. T-Mobile USA themselves have declined to comment on specific rumors, but spokesperson Peter Dobrow did confirm that the carrier has plans for "several devices" based on the Google open-source platform.  According to the leak source - "confidential documents obtained from one of the company's partners" - the home phone will launch early next year (2010) with the tablet coming shortly after.

Archos Android-based Internet Media Tablet MID coming

Archos have announced plans to develop an Internet Media Tablet that will use the Android platform for wireless connectivity, voice and applications.  Based on Texas Instruments' OMAP 3 platform, the device - which has been described as ultra-thin at just 10mm- will support high-definition video playback as well as run the standard applications available for download through the Android Market. In effect, Archos are creating the first Android MID.  That means a high-resolution 5-inch touchscreen, DivX playback, TiVo-style video recording with possibly DVB-SH digital TV, full-screen Adobe Flash and Flash video support, and large-capacity storage.  Archos appear to be using a traditional hard-drive, as in their current Internet Media Tablet range, with up to 500GB mentioned.  Battery life should be good for 7hrs video playback, and the device will have 3.5G/7.2Mbps HSUPA. TI are providing the OMAP3440 applications processor (for "laptop-like" performance), connectivity and analog products, and that Archos is aiming to get the device to the market fast.  The Archos Android Internet Media Tablet - which is yet to have a definite name - is expected to launch in Q3 2009.  [Thanks Charbax!] Press Release:
ARCHOS combines its multimedia framework and Android telephony stack to deliver a new type of breakthrough Internet Media Tablet The new IMT will integrate voice capabilities to deliver robust, powerful mobile phone tablets addressing both entertainment and communications needs DALLAS and IGNY, France, Feb. 9  -- Providing new ways for consumers to access feature-rich content and connect with others, ARCHOS, an award-winning technology innovator and leader in the portable media player market, announced plans to extend its product line with a new ultra-thin Internet Media Tablet (IMT) combined with a mobile phone, by merging Google's Android telephony stack and the ARCHOS' multimedia framework. This new IMT will also incorporate the OMAP(TM) 3 platform from Texas Instruments, Incorporated (TI) . Android provides the IMT with all the functionalities of a premium smartphone and access to its fast-developing applications environment with ARCHOS' rich and proven multimedia framework will deliver the best entertainment and web-browsing experience. With the integration of voice, ARCHOS is looking to expand beyond portable media players to provide solutions for the converged space, where a foundation in high-quality video content delivery is a benefit. In addition to Android functionality and voice support, the new ARCHOS' IMT will offer: ARCHOS selected TI's OMAP 3 applications processor, connectivity and analog products not only for offering low-power, high performance solutions, but to leverage the company's experience in developing compelling, highly-competitive products based on the Android telephony platform. The level of software investment made by TI on the Android platform allows ARCHOS to quickly and cost effectively deliver an Android-based device that supports advanced features such as the newly integrated voice capabilities. "ARCHOS was proud to announce the introduction of its ARCHOS 5 HSDPA IMT last year with SFR. We are continuing to advance our efforts in the IMT space with the introduction of this new product," said Henri Crohas, CEO and ARCHOS founder. "Support for an Android-based device represents a historical opportunity for ARCHOS to combine all the best of our IMTs with a phone in a single device delivering high quality video and a full web experience in true mobility." "TI remains committed to helping ARCHOS advance its product line and deliver a new class of devices that builds on a history of delivering rich multimedia experiences," said Remi El-Ouazzane, vice president and general manager for TI's OMAP platform business unit. "The OMAP 3 platform, with its support for the Android OS, is a powerful tool to support HD video, high quality multimedia and connectivity anytime and anywhere. ARCHOS' use of TI technologies, including connectivity and analog solutions, helps to push the boundaries with new products and as we see today, new business models, to be a leading innovator with its new IMTs." ARCHOS is marrying its rich digital media history with voice functionality to tackle new markets. ARCHOS' new Android-based IMT with voice functionality will be released in 3Q 2009. ARCHOS released the first pocket-sized HD-based MP3 player with the Jukebox 6000 in 2000 and since that time has revolutionised consumer electronics devices. The company invented the portable media player in 2003 and was the first to bring television recording, wireless and touch screens to Portable Media Players. ARCHOS have also introduced the Internet Media Tablet range - the 5, 5g and 7 - offering users instant, uncompromising access to the internet, media content and TV. Established in 1988, ARCHOS has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. ARCHOS is listed on Euronext Paris, Compartment B, ISIN Code FR0000182479. .www.archos.com Texas Instruments helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 25 countries. For more information, go to .www.ti.com OMAP is a trademark of Texas Instruments Inc. All other registered trademarks and trademarks belong to their respective owners.