Steve Martin, representative of Archos in the UK, confirm in following awesome video walkthrough hands-on demonstration that Archos will provide an Android 1.6 Donut firmware upgrade by the end of October. The Android Donut 1.6 SDK release was officially released by Google only 2 days ago. So that leaves Archos engineers about a month to integrate that as an upgrade, which could provide Archos with automatic support for more Android applications more broadly as Android 1.6 Donut release introduces Google’s official support for WVGA 800×480 applications.
Here is a screenshot of how Mewbox is going to look like on the Archos Android 5 Internet Tablet range of products:
The Archos Android series in the European Union is launching with the Mewbox music service, which will provide access to 4 million songs from all the major and independent record labels. It is the first DRM-free music download/streaming service for Android in Europe and has a custom user interface which makes full use of the Archos 5 Internet Tablet’s high-resolution touch screen.
Though, until all the record labels allow for affordable DRM-free subscription services in addition to on-demand downloading and streaming music systems like Mewbox, then I guess we can at least look forward to have just as completely featured access to an on-demand music service on the new Archos Android products, thanks to Mewbox providing a nice high resolution interface for their legal music store. Now all that Archos needs to disrupt Apple’s monopolistic lock-down through the closed proprietary scheme in ipod/iphone/itunes, would be to make the Archos 5 Internet Tablet be recognized to iTunes as an ipod by doing the same trick as Palm when in Windows Device mode (or in some third “iTunes USB connection mode”), which would then allow users of the iTunes software to still synchronize their non-DRM music from iTunes.
Find more informations about Mewbox for Archos Android at:
Here is the full length video of Henri Crohas’s full 1 hour and a half keynote presentation of the new awesome Archos Android generation:
This is the original French language version of this video. If you don’t understand French, you may want to wait up to a few days, until Archos will probably release a version dubbed in English as they usually do. The English dubbed version will be posted here as well as soon as it is available.
Archos released this video officially in their proprietary Flash format at http://www.archos.com/corporate/event_092009.html?country=fr&lang=fr, I uploaded it to my Youtube account which has no 10 minute limit, until Archos uploads it officially to their own Youtube account at http://youtube.com/archos whenever Archos requests to have a Youtube account that allows for unlimited length of videos as well. The Youtube video I think is better for embedding on blogs such as this one and it’s better to spread virally on the web.