Information about the next generation of Archos Internet tablets, based on the official Archos 2010 Annual Results PDF (page 18), appeared on several sites. Unfortunately, this is somewhat off-topic for Anythingbutipod. Archos seems to discontinue truly pocketable sizes of their Android tablet lineup: no more 2.3″, 3.2″, or 4.3″ screens as in the current Gen8 devices, the smallest Gen9 is obviously going to be a rather large 5″. Too bad about them abandoning the ‘micro-tablet/PMP’ market, I’m sure they have their (financial) reasons for that.
Some preliminary Gen9 specs:
- Six tablet sizes, ranging from 5″ to 10″
- Flash memory and HDD versions
- Plastic-overmolded stainless steel housing
- ARM Cortex-A9 dual core @ 1.6Ghz
- 3G modem
Above specs appear to be rather solid. Others are rumors and speculation as of now – such as Gen9 devices having capacitive touchscreens, running on Android 3.0, available NAND/HDD memory sizes, and so on. We sure will find out more ASAP – at least before June 2011, when the new tablets are going to be released.
Thanks to deadohiosky for the tip. Via Bestofmicro, ARMdevices, Liliputing.
Archos’ current range of Android players/tablets sure are some of the best bang for the buck at the moment. If one wishes connectivity on the go, the Archos 28 to 101 deliver rather high quality hardware (not the screens but the innards), for a price that isn’t much higher than Chinese off-brand devices.
There’s two things however that are obvious drawbacks with the Archos Internet Tablets. The minor issue is a lack of root user access (same as most other Android devices), the major flaw is that they have no Android Market support.
While the advantage of Market access is pretty obvious – can’t have Angry Birds or similar vitally important apps without it – having a root user on an Archos is nice to have, but probably not quite as essential. There are two ways of gaining root on an Archos – one involves installing Archos’ SDE and voids your warranty; the other one is an easy single-ish-click affair, perfectly safe and reversible. It’s called Archangel (here’s the direct link to the newest Archangel version).
While the system still stays read-only with Archangel, contrary to the SDE/custom kernel rooting method, there are still some wonderful things one can do with it. Some examples include moving the Linux swap file from the player’s internal memory to the SD card or disabling it entirely, supposedly prolonging the life of the memory since it doesn’t get bombarded with random R/W access. Another application (which might be morally debatable) is loading a hosts file at startup that blocks ads – in any browser and the embedded ones in applications.
Thanks to these kind hackers, both Market and root access can be added easily, as linked above. Thanks as well to the XDA Developers forum for hosting all this knowledge that makes life just a bit easier.
In a device world where many are lining up behind app stores and music players on phones are taking a portion of the portable audio market, the dedicated MP3 player is far from dead. 2010 was a little bit of a slow year but some really interesting shifts towards these App centric non phone media players is happening. We got a little taste of it this year but will see a lot more of it for 2011.
As for 2010, here are there players that were at the top for 2010.
Today Archos released Android 2.2.1 better knows as Froyo for their 8th generation of internet tablets of PMPs, or MP3 players- which ever you would like to call them. The models include the 28, 32, 43, 70, and 101. I just loaded it onto my 32 and it looks and works great. You can find the change log here and download here. (via Archos Forums)
Archos updates their tablet line with 5 new all running Android. I always loved Archos hardware but always had an ill feeling towards their software and custom Android builds on their previous generation of tablets. However I still get excited to when they release a new lineup in hopes that they will hit a home run with both hardware and software. So far they look pretty impressive, can’t wait to get my hands on them. Archos Page | Forum Discussion
Archos has been steadily expanding their range of players from not only offering big media players but also cheaper music oriented devices lately. One of the new models is one of the cheapest players on the market, but with a lot more to show for than the screenless alternatives in the same price range. Read on to see if it’s any good.
Now that the Archos 5 Internet Tablet with Android review is up, it’s time to look at some way to protecting it. For the last few months I’ve been using a leather case from I-Nique, the same guys who made other cases we’ve reviewed in the past. Read on for a quick review.
Media players have gotten a lot of extra functionality over the last couple of years; Bluetooth, touchscreens, better video support and even more recently apps or widgets through special SDKs or flash. Perhaps the single most advanced media player on the market today is the Archos 5 Internet Tablet which runs the Android operating system on hardware that has more specs than half a dozen other players combined and that can run thousands upon thousands of Android apps, compared to other apps capable non-iPod players that can only show for a few apps. However, a player’s ability to work well can’t be read from specs alone. Read on for a full, very long review of the Archos 5 IT.
This is part 2 of the Archos 5 Internet Tablet review. It had to be split due to being too long for the CMS, so make sure to read part 1 first.
December 24th last year, firmware version 1.6.08 appeared on Archos’ firmware site and included a full OS update to Android version 1.6. A couple of hours later it was removed, and Archos stated there were “issues with the browser” and that a new version would be out “in a few days”. As I was planning on doing the Archos 5 review during the Christmas holidays I thought I should wait until the OS was updated before starting it. A few days isn’t much, after all. Today, 4 days short of a month later, they actually released it. I know, I know, I should have known better than to trust a company that sends a products as unfinished as the Archos 5 Android on the market, but optimism got the best of me.
Anyways, the firmware is finally here. No changes that really matter that much, and still no Android markeplace (though a hack will probably be out before too long). It’s also managed to turn itself off randomly in the 5 minutes I’ve used it post-upgrade as well as refuse to find my WiFi network after it started back up, not managing to fetch time data from the net, not loading emails like it should and go into a power saving screen shutoff that required the reset button to get it out of. As the review isn’t up yet most of you won’t know this, but to put it simple; of all the buggy devices that has ever existed this has got to be the most unstable piece of…plastic…of them all. Half a year in and it’s still so unstable it hardly qualifies as an Alpha release. Stay tuned for a review in the coming, if it manages to stay on long enough that is. I have serious doubts.
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