Archos TV Connect Turns Any HDTV into Android-Powered Smart TV
Archos TV Connect uses Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to turn any HDTV into a Smart TV, offering full access to Android Google Play.
At CES 2013, Archos will unveil its TV Connect, which turns any HDTV into an Android-powered smart TV. Other companies, including Sony, have tried something similar by using Google TV, but Archos is bringing its slimmed-down version at a retail price of only $130.
So what features will this include? Archos is promoting a unique remote that reminds me of a bigger version of a PlayStation 3 controller with a built-in keyboard. The remote also doubles as a type of pointer, according to Archos, that has “full multi-touch gesture support”, and that has Android shortcuts.
The other claims for this box are full access to Android Google Play – which I guess means that I can run the Control4 Android app on this – and a full web experience on my TV complete with HD Video Calls – hello, Skype – and, get this, a multimedia player. That last part means I can use Pandora and all the other media apps available on Google Play.
This is some of what the company says about it in its CES preview press release:
The TV connect allows you to control your TV just like a tablet - tap, swipe, zoom in, zoom out, select or type. With the TV connect users will be able to play games, stream videos, video chat in HD, email friends or surf the web all from their big screen TV. The Archos TV connect runs Android 4.1 ‘Jelly Bean’ and will be available starting in February, 2013 for $129.99.
As a pioneer in multimedia Android devices, we wanted to create a bigger, better way to enjoy Android,” says Henri Crohas, founder and CEO of Archos. “The Archos TV connect provides users with a multi-touch, multi-media Smart TV experience powered by Android.”
This is a whole lot of action for less than $150. I just hope it stands up to all the hype. We shall see at CES. For now, you can watch the company’s video on their new product here:
With over 20 years of experience in home systems installation and design as well as being an award winning product designer, Joe Whitaker currently is principal of the integration firm thethoughtfulhome.com. He is a current member of the CEDIA board of directors first elected in 2013 and is a frequent contributor to CE Pro magazine. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Joe at [email protected]
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