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Posted by Charbax on 22nd July 2010

Tim Gideon, reviewer at PC Magazine is rather impressed with the value proposition that Archos is now bringing with the release of the Archos 3cam vision to the sub-$100 Portable Media Player market:

With a sleek design and an intuitive, touch-screen-based user interface, the Archos 3cam vision ($99.99 direct) exceeds expectations.

The Archos 3cam vision may not be a masterpiece, but it raises the bar for budget players.

Overall, the Archos 3cam vision can’t touch the iPod nano or iPod touch or touch in terms of grace, ease of use, and overall quality. But this player is far less expensive than either one. Anytime you can get a well-built device with 8GB of storage for less than $100, it’s a good deal. The extra features on the 3cam vision may not knock your socks off, but they work well enough to be considered pros, and remember that the stainless steel version of the Apple iPod shuffle, with its dearth of features (or even a screen), costs the same as the 3cam vision. If you aren’t married to iTunes and have the patience for a touch-screen with some sensitivity issues, the Archos 3cam vision is a worthy budget option.

Archos 3cam vision 8GB = $99
iPod Nano 8GB = $149
iPod Touch 8GB = $199

I believe this Archos 3cam vision is an awesome value for the market until Archos is able to provide Android based devices at that size, as the QVGA 2.8″ one that is rumored, with possibly better than those hardware features and at the same kind of price even. I don’t know if video playback on the Archos 3cam vision has been improved to support DVD resolution XviD playback.

Read the full review at:,2817,2366858,00.asp

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Archos 5 Internet Tablet Firmware 2.0.28 released

Posted by Charbax on 15th July 2010

Download it: firmware_archos5.aos

Version 2.0.28 (3D accelerated) / 1.9.21 (non 3D accelerated) – July 15th, 2010

Display: fix black screen issues experienced at display wakeup
Audio: enable higher volume on loudspeaker
Video: fix Turkish subtitles support

You can discuss this firmware update in the forum:

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Archos 5 Internet Tablet with Android (32 GB) now selling for $276

Posted by Charbax on 9th July 2010

That’s nearly 30% cheaper, more than $100 cheaper than the initial $379 retail price for it.

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Generation 8 is 5 new Android Tablets

Posted by Charbax on 8th July 2010

In the recent press release on support for paid-for apps in AppsLib, Archos is detailing some of the screen resolutions of the 8th generation of Archos portable tablet devices:

AppsLib is currently looking to locate and process new applications for hosting on ARCHOS’ next generation of Internet Tablets, soon be announced. The five new ARCHOS Android Tablets will feature touchscreens ranging from 2.8’’ to 10’’ in width with resolutions including QVGA (240 x 320) with LDPI density, FWVGA (854×480) with HDPI density, WVGA (800×480) with MDPI density and up to the maximum WSVGA (1024×600) with MDPI density.

What this means is Archos Generation 8 is probably going to have devices with screens around these sizes and resolutions:

- Archos 3 Android Gen8 = 2.8″ QVGA 320×240 LDPI density

- Archos 4 Android Gen8 = 3.5″ or 3.7″ or 4″ or 4.1″ or 4.3″ FWVGA 854×480 HDPI density

- Archos 5 Android Gen8 = 4.8″ WVGA 800×480 MDPI density

- Archos 7 Android Gen8 = 7″ WVGA 800×480 MDPI density or 7″ WSVGA 1024×600 MDPI density

- Archos 10 Android Gen8 = 10″ WSVGA 1024×600 MDPI density

Questions could be following:

- How many of these, are any of these using capacitive touch screens?

- Can Archos use Pixel Qi on the Archos 10 Android, it would make it beat iPad on every comparative review, last 50 hours on the battery, be usable outdoors, be usable for reading a lot, support wide viewing angles and anti-glare with capacitive touch is possible! They should do it!

Do you have better ideas of what may be the actual screen sizes, screen types and resolutions which Archos is likely going to be using on the 5 new Android tablets to come? Post here in the forum:

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Archos to enable payments in AppsLib

Posted by Charbax on 8th July 2010

Starting August 2nd, Archos will support paid-for apps in their Android applications store. Archos claims to be providing the worlds second largest Android applications marketplace after the official Google Marketplace. They claim to have over 2000 free apps available that have been downloaded more than 1.5 million times. Other manufacturers of Android devices are also using AppsLib such as Shuttle, Yifang, JWD, Aïgo, Daza and Ramos. Maybe Archos is giving out the AppsLib software for free for all other manufacturers to include, while Google is not yet allowing them all to include the official Google Marketplace.

While we do have Google Marketplace working unofficially since last November on our Archos 5 Internet Tablets, while I do think it is important for Archos and all other Android tablet manufacturers to demand from Google to provide them with officially pre-installed Google Marketplace on all devices, to demand also that Google provide support for Tablet centric versions of Android. I also think it is a good idea to provide alternative marketplaces to Android devices.

The suggestion I have for Archos is still following:

- They should provide a subscription plan for unlimited access to apps on AppsLib.

- With opt-out, the app developper can decide not to be part of the plan and still only provide paid-for only access to their apps. Or even to provide only a rebate for unlimited plan subscribers.

I think many Android users would pay $3 per month for unlimited access to plenty plenty of Android apps. And I believe many of the best app developers will make more money on a subscription plan with tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of subscribers than they do on selling few hundreds or few thousands of pay-to-own licences.

I think also current developers who offer free apps on the current AppsLib and Google Marketplace, would then also be able to be part of the payments from subscriptions. Suddenly, overnight, Archos could make a business model for all those developers of great free apps.

I think Archos would attract many more paid-for app developers to submit their apps in AppsLib if there is a subscription model involved. Archos needs to be transparent about how much they pay each of the developers based on statistics of downloads/installs, eventually also statistics of usage (if there is a not-too-intrusive way for Archos to count how much each of the apps are actually used by users, each user having to opt-in on their Android device to allow Archos to monitor usage of their apps to pay developers more precisely their due share from the subscription plan).

I think Archos could then also provide users with recommendations for which apps to try to install. “If you liked these apps (which you already installed and are using often), then we recommend you check these ones out as well” and that should uniquely be based on Archos stats for how much each app is downloaded/installed vs uninstalled and eventually on how much it is used.

Included in that subscription plan, free updates of course on all the apps.

That would be a way for Archos to differentiate their AppsLib from Google Marketplace. Users of any of the existing 20+ million Android smartphones on the market would also be able to download and subscribe to apps through AppsLib. At least, until Google implements themselves this same app subscription plan idea. Eventually, I would like one subscription for apps, one for music, one for movies, one for TV. Overall all subscriptions should not amount to more than $10 per month, and thus all should give me unlimited access to all contents on my Android devices.

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