ARCHOS Tablets, Android Tablets Blog and News - ARCHOS 2013-01-25T14:12:56-07:00 Chyrp ARCHOS TV Connect,2013-01-25:/blog/id/22/ 2013-01-25T14:30:54-07:00 2013-01-25T14:12:56-07:00 Archos <p><img src="" style="float:right;" width="500" height="290">ARCHOS has taken this new year by the reins and made it one to remember with their amazing new line-up of products. Talk about making a good first impression on 2013. One of the most exciting new products is the <a href="">ARCHOS TV Connect</a>, the first multi-touch Android on TV. The features it provides is above and beyond what any other TV box offers.</p> <h3>Android on Your Television</h3> <p>Turn on your new ARCHOS TV Connect and get the full <a href="">Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean”</a> experience on the big screen. The entire Android Internet and application system will quickly show up on your HDTV screen ready for action. With the full multi-touch remote (included with the TV connect) you can easily navigate through the plethora of options available. Just like using your smartphone or <a href="">Android tablet</a>, you can tap, swipe, pinch and more. And if that doesn’t do it for you, you can always use the full keyboard or the voice controls and voice typing. With three navigational options, it is sure to please everyone!</p> <h3>Games and Applications</h3> <img src="" style="float:right;" width="250" height="190"><p>While your new <a href="">ARCHOS GamePad</a> is great for on the go, while at home, you can put that aside and play on the big screen. With Android and Google Play, you have access to thousands of free Android games. Combine that with the TV Touch remote’s analogue thumb-sticks and buttons, and you are ready to get your gaming on. If your favorite game uses virtual on-screen controls, no problem. The patented <a href="">ARCHOS</a> game mapping tools allows you to link the virtual controls of any game to your TV Touch remote’s physical controls in a split second. And if you want to play touch-anywhere <a href="">games like Cut the Rope or Angry Birds</a>, you can do that too thanks to the TV Touch remote’s touch-pointer function.</p> <p>If gaming isn’t your thing, ditch the games and download your other favorite weather, shopping, social media, or news applications amongst the 700,000+ apps on Google Play. Whatever your hobby, Google Play is bound to have an app or widget related to it.</p> <h3>Smart Television</h3> <img src="" style="float:left; margin-right:10px;" width="220" height="150"> <p>Instead of forking out an extra $400 for “smart tv”, invest in this reasonably priced gadget and get all the same abilities and some! The ARCHOS TV Connect will allow you to transform your existing HDTV into a Smart TV with a full Internet experience. Use Google Chrome to surf the web, stream online videos through YouTube, Daily motion and other TV applications, keep updated with your friends through social networks such as <a href="">Facebook</a>, <a href="">Twitter</a> and LinkedIn and even login and send emails. To top it all off, the built in HD webcam allows you to video chat with all your favorite friends and family. The ARCHOS TV Connect is compatible with all Android video calling applications, making it one of the easiest and “largest” ways to chat with your loved ones.</p> <h3>ARCHOS Media Center</h3> <img src="" style="float:right;" width="250" height="200"><p>Purchasing the ARCHOS TV Connect gives you instant access to the new ARCHOS Media Center application, which allows you to read all your favorite video files thanks to a great format and codec supporting including H.264 decoding in full 1080p HD. Organize all your home media content in the media center and don’t be too surprised when you realize there is an automatic jacket, synopsis and subtitle download; One less thing for you to worry about. Finally, one of our personal favorite features is the simple home streaming. Stream any media content from your computer, tablet or phone over your home network either through WiFi or Ethernet.</p> <h3>Tech Specs</h3> <p>The ARCHOS TV Connect is simple to install, you just plug and play. It features a full USB host and a micro SD slot to read your media from your USB storage device or micro SD card as well as an Ethernet port if you don’t have WiFi. It has 8GB of storage as well as an expandable SDHC slot for up to 32 GB of storage. It features a 1.5 GHz Smart Multi-Core processor with 1 GB of RAM. It also features an HD front camera, Micro USB port, USB host port, mini HDMI output, Ethernet, Micro SD slot, WiFi ability, LED notification and a microphone. It is compatible with Microsoft Windows 7, 8, Vista, XP or higher and Windows Media Player 11. For more information on the specs and the TV Connect, <a href="">click here</a>.</p> <p>So there you have it, one of the newest and most exciting 2013 <a href="">ARCHOS products</a>. While this product has not hit the North American market yet, it will be here soon! So hold tight, it’s on it’s way!<p> Refurbished ARCHOS Tablets,2013-01-15:/blog/id/21/ 2013-01-15T15:22:32-07:00 2013-01-15T15:03:06-07:00 Archos <p><img src="" style="float:right; margin-left: 10px;" width="220" height="150">If you are feeling a little strapped for cash these days but want to stay up with the trends and get yourself an Android tablet, getting a <a href="">refurbished tablet</a> might be the way to go. Too often people hear “refurbished” and immediately think: crappy product. While we can’t speak for every company’s refurbished products, we can speak for ARCHOS and the refurbished products we sell. Our refurbished tablets, <a href="a href="">mp3 players</a> and <a href="">pc tablet computers</a> are in excellent condition and are a great product for an even more affordable price!</p> <h3>What does refurbished even mean?</h3> <p>Refurbish literally means to make fresh, clean or bright again. For <a href="">ARCHOS</a>, refurbish refers to an item that was returned to our warehouse for some cosmetic flaw or minor hardware issue, which was then corrected and restored to like-new conditions. We then sell these products for a discounted price to customers. So sure, it’s not brand spanking new, but it’s pretty darn close.</p> <h3>How do you know it’s actually like-new?</h3> <p>Every single one of ARCHOS’ refurbished products are required to pass an extensive 15-point inspection to ensure the quality of these products meet and exceed the increasingly high standards of ARCHOS products. The 15-point inspection includes:<br/> • Cosmetics <br/> • Buttons <br/> • Headphones <br/> • Speakers <br/> • Sound test <br/> • Recording <br/> • Display <br/> • WiFi<br/> • Touchscreen (if applicable)<br/> • PC connection (all options)<br/> • Test both rec options<br/> • Battery<br/> • Backlight<br/> • Firmware<br/> • LCD Clarity (pixilations/dead pixels/delay screen, etc.)<br/></p> <p>Not only do we put our refurbished products through this extensive screening process, we also offer a 6-month warranty, original documentation, and standard accessories with all ARCHOS refurbished products.</p> <h3>How much can you save?</h3> <p>The savings can be as much as 20%! That’s quite a bit when we are talking about products costing hundreds of dollars.<img src="" style="float:right;" width="170" height="150"> For instance, a brand new <a href="">ARCHOS 80 G9 Turbo ICS 8GB Multi-Core 1.5GHz</a> tablet costs $230. A refurbished one on the other hand will only cost you $185. That means your have an extra $45 sitting in your pocket to spend on other things like Android accessories, applications, and more. You definitely get more bang for your buck with a refurbished product.</p> <p>So, when considering a <a href="">tablet</a> on a tighter budget or just in general, don’t rule out refurbished products. They are a great alternative to a brand new product. If you have any more questions or comments about our refurbished products, feel free to comment on our <a href="">Facebook page</a>.</p> 5 Android Tablets to Make This Christmas Magical,2012-12-17:/blog/id/20/ 2012-12-17T12:34:08-07:00 2012-12-17T12:24:31-07:00 Archos <p>Christmas is just a week away but if you haven’t finished your shopping for all the special people in your life, don’t fret! We’ve put together a list of 5 of the year’s best <a href="">Android tablets</a>. Because you just can’t go wrong with the right tablet! To help you pick the most fitting tablet for your special loved one, we’ve given a quick description of 5 of the year’s best products from the Android tablet world.</p> <h3><a href="">ARCHOS 97 Carbon</a></h3> <p>Powered by <a href="">Android 4.0, ‘Ice Cream Sandwich,’</a> the 97 Carbon features a number of updates to benefit your user experience. <img src="" style="float:right; margin-left: 10px;" width="130" height="140">The 97 Carbon is stylish and portable with a brushed aluminum casing and a high gloss finish, measuring 0.45 inches thick and weighing only 21.8 ounces with a 1024 x 768 pixel, 9.7 inch IPS screen. Beautifully designed and optimized for tablets, it gives you a full web experience for on-the-go web browsing, communication and applications. Optimized for Google Play, the 97 carbon offers full access to over 600,000 apps and games, millions of music tracks, and thousands of movies, TV shows, books and magazines. The 97 carbon includes 16GB of internal flash memory, expandable both via the microSD slot or a USB flash drive in its full-sized USB host port. A quality product at an affordable rate, the 97 Carbon is available for purchase through <a href="">our online shop</a> for just $249.99.</p> <h3>Google Nexus 7</h3> <p>The Nexus 7 with Android 4.2 features a sharp screen, comfortable design, <img src="" style="float:right; margin-left: 10px;" width="140" height="115">and great battery life at a low starting price of $199 for 16 GB and $249 for 32 GB. Android 4.2 adds some welcome and useful features. The Nexus 7 tablet is black with a leathery, grippy back texture for some extra panache and comfort. With its excellent design, useful software features, and low starting price, the Nexus 7 is a cheap way to experience what <a href="">Android OS</a> has to offer.</p> <h3>The Kindle Fire HD 8.9</h3> <p>The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has zippier navigation than the 7-inch Kindle, a beautiful high-definition screen, incredibly fast 4G LTE speeds, seamless streaming performance, and access to one of the best media eco systems available. <img src="" style="float:right; margin-left: 10px;" width="160" height="130">The larger, higher-resolution screen better facilitates Amazon's still-new Kindle Fire interface, and its faster processor makes for a much smoother experience. The Fire HD 8.9 has superior video-streaming prowess and is also a lot cheaper than the iPad in both Wi-Fi (starting at $299) and 4G LTE (starting at $499) models. Although the Kindle Fire is not as versatile as the top Android tablets and not as cheap as the Nook HD+, it’s the best version of the Kindle Fire yet and the best media consumption tablet available.</p> <h3>The Barnes & Noble Nook HD+</h3> <p>The Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ 9-inch tablet prices at only $269, has a sharp screen, good performance, and a microSD slot. <img src="" style="float:right; margin-left: 10px;" width="190" height="150">It's also lightweight, comfortable, and implements magazines and catalogs better than any other <a href="">Android tablet</a>. While it still lacks some popular TV shows and movies, has no native music feature, and apps support pales in comparison to the competition, the Nook HD+ is a low-price, quality entry point into the world of tablets. The Nook HD+ does come preloaded with both Spotify and Pandora, however. Those looking for a <a href="">pc tablet computer</a> to simply load their own content onto will find the HD+'s low price and expandable storage extremely appealing.</p> <h3>Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700</h3> <p>The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700 offers a great Full HD screen, a powerful processor, a handy optional keyboard dock and Google's Ice Cream Sandwich software, making it one of the the best 10-inch Android tablets around.<img src="" style="float:right;" width="190" height="150"> The Asus Transformer high-resolution screen rivals the new iPad's display in sharpness and clarity. Also, apps launch quickly, GPS works well, and its rear camera is one of the best on any Android tablet. The tablet's body has a great thin and light design. The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 is one of the fastest <a href="">Android tablets</a> out there, combining an already proven design with a better camera, a faster processor, and a beautiful screen. The TF700 measures 0.33 inch thick and it encloses its guts in an almost complete aluminum unibody design. The TF700 sports a unique back-panel design that replaces a small portion of the metal back with a tabletwide, inch-long plastic panel in order to allow the GPS signal to more easily enter and exit the tablet. The Transformer is at the more expensive end of the tablet spectrum starting at $449.</p> <p>So there you have it, a hand-picked sampling of some of 2012’s most popular tablets. If you still can’t decide which tablet would put the biggest smile on your loved ones face, feel free to leave us a message. We promise not to spoil the secret!</p> GamePad Press Release,2012-12-06:/blog/id/19/ 2012-12-06T11:51:09-07:00 2012-12-06T10:49:02-07:00 Archos <center><p>Can't get enough of the ARCHOS GamePad and want more information?! Check out the official press release about it on Yahoo!</p> <p><a href="">ARCHOS GamePad Press Release</a></p></center> The Wait is Over...,2012-12-06:/blog/id/18/ 2012-12-06T11:50:26-07:00 2012-12-06T09:37:58-07:00 Archos <br/> <center><h4>ATTENTION SERIOUS GAMERS:<br/> Prepare your thumbs!</h4></center> <p><strong>Because today we are introducing the availability of our first gaming tablet: the ARCHOS GamePad with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean!</p></strong> <img src="" style="float:center; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px margin-bottom: 10px" width="350" height="200"> <p>Since the tablet and Smartphone market boom, gamers have longed for a touchscreen device with physical controls to suit their gaming desires. They don’t have to wait any longer! Here at ARCHOS we’re excited to announce the release of the <a href="">ARCHOS GamePad</a> powered by Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. It is now available for purchase in Europe and will be soon in the US!</p> <p>We’ve paired physical gaming controls with a full Android touchscreen tablet to satisfy the practical AND entertainment needs of gaming enthusiasts.</p> <p>The GamePad features a 7-inch, capacitive screen, physical control buttons and analog sticks and runs a dual-core processor @ 1.6 GHz combined with a Mali 400mp quad-core GPU. <img src="" style="float:right; margin-left: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px" width="100" height="150">The GamePad’s patented game recognition and mapping technology ensures that the physical buttons are compatible with Android games that use virtual controls. The gaming controls include an integrated D-pad, ABXY buttons, and two analog thumbsticks. Unlike other disappointing tablets with touch controls that lacked response and compatibility for their advanced games, the GamePad is already compatible with a thousand advanced game titles. The device will also have full access to the Google Play market’s tens of thousands of games.</p> <p>Other specs include 8GB of internal storage, plus a microSD card slot that adds up to 64GB. Bring the fun of your gaming tablet to a larger screen with the device’s mini-HDMI connection for outputting content to your TV.</p> <p>The GamePad will be available in the US starting in the first quarter of 2013. An exact date has not yet been given for North American ARCHOS fans, but don’t you fret, the minute we find out, we will be sure to share it with you!</p> <p><strong>Help us spread the good news and tweet or share this on Facebook!</p></strong> From Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean, the Android Operating Systems Just Keep Getting Sweeter!,2012-11-21:/blog/id/17/ 2012-11-21T15:31:52-07:00 2012-11-21T14:57:22-07:00 Archos <p><img src="" style="float:left; margin-right: 10px;" width="450" height="240">Tomorrow the country sits down to a nice meal and reflects on the people and things in each of their lives that they are grateful for. Here at <a href="">ARCHOS</a>, we too would like to recognize just one of the many things that we are grateful for this season. Earlier this year, Android announced an upgrade to its operating system called <a href="">Ice Cream Sandwich</a>, which brought the performance and functionality of <a href="">Android tablets</a> to a level never before experienced. Now they’ve introduced another upgrade to the OS called “Jelly Bean” which has brought us plenty more reasons to be thankful. Below are some of the highlights from the new Android Jelly Bean operating system: <h3>One Tablet for Multiple Users</h3> <p>Several users can now share a single Android tablet, with each user having convenient access to a dedicated user space. Users can switch to their spaces with a single touch from the lock screen. I can think of at least one demographic that will LOVE this feature.<img src="" style="float:left; margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 5px;" width="150" height="100"> Parents who share your tablets with your children to keep them quiet and happy on a long drive, I’m thinking of you! Each user can have a separate environment, including user-specific emulated SD card storage, personalized homescreens, widgets, accounts, settings, files, and apps. All users share core system services, but the system ensures that each user's applications and data remain isolated. The result is that each user can have their own Android device. Hopefully, you’re a sharing family!</p> <h3>Responsiveness</h3> <p>Android Jelly Bean is the fastest and smoothest <a href="">Android operating system</a> to date. When Android engineers set about improving system responsiveness, they named the task "Project Butter." Navigating the new operating system has proven to be smooth “like butter.”</p> <h3>Notifications</h3> <p>Notifications have now increased in size. Not only does that make them more readable, but in the case of built-in apps like Gmail, you can now get a quick preview of incoming emails as they come in. In the case of calendar events, users can act upon information, such as snoozing an alarm or emailing invited guests. Incoming missed calls can be returned quickly thanks to a handy callback button, or photos can be shared right after being taken.</p> <h3>Google Now</h3> <p>Combining the best of search with key information you'll want to access quickly throughout the day now requires zero setup from the user, other than enabling it in the first place. Swiping up from the bottom of any screen accesses Google Now. Google Now can be accessed from the lock screen just as easily as it can from the home screen.</p><img src="" style="float:right; margin-left: 5px;" width="190" height="100"> <p>Imagine you need to drive to a lunch meeting that you have noted in your calendar. When you open Now, a card for your event will be ready to go at the top of the stack. Tapping navigate throws you into Google Maps Navigation and routes you to the destination. Once there, Google Now will remember your destination and offer to take you back home or to your next appointment, even telling you how long it will take to get there. As it learns your patterns, Now becomes smarter and starts to second-guess your next move based on where you are, the time of day and even calendar data. Google Now currently includes cards for traffic, public transit, next appointment, flights, sports, places, weather, translation, currency and time at home.</p> <h3>Lock Screen Widgets</h3> <p>Users can place app widgets directly on their lock screens, for instant access to favorite app content without having to unlock. Users can add as many as five lock screen widgets, choosing from widgets provided by installed apps. The lock screen displays each widget in its own panel, letting users swipe left and right to view different panels and their widgets. OK, we know it only saves a few seconds, but those seconds add up! Plus, the unlocking step can be so repetitive. Wouldn’t it be great to cut back on opening locks?! Like all app widgets, lock screen widgets can display any kind of content and they can accept direct user interaction.</p> <h3>Daydream (Interactive Screensaver)</h3> <p>Daydream is an interactive screensaver mode that starts when a device is docked or charging. In this mode, the system launches a daydream — a remote content service provided by an installed app — as the device screensaver. You can enable Daydream from the Settings app and then choose the daydream to display. Daydream combines the best capabilities of live wallpapers and home screen widgets and user interaction like flipping through photos, playing audio or video, or jumping straight into your app with a single touch.</p> <h3>Wireless Display</h3> <p>Users on supported devices can connect to an external display over Wi-Fi, using Miracast, a peer-to-peer wireless display standard created by the Wi-Fi Alliance. When a wireless display is connected, users can stream any type of content to the big screen, including photos, games, maps, and more. Imagine being able to project your videos and photos on your tablet to a friend’s laptop without any cords involved. Now that’s high-tech!</p> <h3>International Language Enhancements</h3> <img src="" style="float:left; margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 5px;" width="110" height="110"> <p><strong>Android Jelly Bean 4.2 includes a variety of font and character optimizations for international users:</strong></p> •For Korean users, a new font choice is available — Nanum (나눔글꼴) Gothic, a unicode font designed especially for the Korean-language script.<br/> •Improved support for Japanese vertical text displayed in WebViews.<br/> •Improved font kerning and positioning for Indic, Thai, Arabic, and Hebrew default fonts.<br/> <br/> <p><strong>The default Android keyboard also includes an updated set of dictionaries:</strong></p> •Improved dictionaries for French (with bigram support), English, and Russian <br/> •New dictionaries for Danish, Greek, Finnish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, Slovenian, Serbian, Swedish, Turkish <br/> <br/> <h3>Security Enhancements</h3> <p>With application verification, users can choose to enable “Verify Apps" and have applications screened by an application verifier, prior to installation. App verification can alert you if you try to install an app that might be harmful. <img src="" style="float:right; margin-left: 3px; margin-top: 2px;" width="120" height="100"> If an application is especially bad, it can block installation.<p> <p>Users can also have more control or premium SMS. Android will provide a notification if an application attempts to send SMS to a short code that uses premium services which might cause additional charges. You can choose whether to allow the application to send the message or block it. <p>Now that’s a lot to be thankful for! Of course, we must also declare our gratitude for our customers and vendors. You keep our business running and our employees earning a living and for that we THANK YOU! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!</p> <p><h8>To learn more about each previous Android Operating system and their unique features, <a href="">click here</a>.</p></h8> Android Tablets In The Classroom,2012-11-16:/blog/id/16/ 2012-11-16T14:52:55-07:00 2012-11-06T10:47:41-07:00 Archos <p><img src="" style="float:left; margin-right: 10px;" width="150" height="100"> <a href="">Android tablets</a> are often thought of as just a way to pass the time or stay connected on-the-go, but the appearance of tablets in a new setting is growing each day: the classroom. Just this year, the use of tablets has surpassed the use of laptops in high school classrooms. When considering all the capabilities an <a href="">Android tablet</a> has to offer, it’s no surprise that students and teachers are finding them to be such a useful tool in advancing learning. Let’s take a look at some of the educational benefits…</p> <h3>Textbook Learning</h3> <p>Tablets are cable of offering elements impossible to include in print, like images, video and audio. Instead of just reading about music, why not listen to a sample of a classical composer’s work? During history lessons, students can watch the famous speeches or world news events that they are reading about. Incorporating more of the senses into everyday learning, in addition to reading text, can greatly influence understanding and retention. And it’s much more engaging for students. If a student doesn’t understand the meaning of a word they come across in their reading, with a swipe of the finger they can switch over to a tablet dictionary. Really the possibilites are endless.</p> <h3>Portability</h3> <img src="" style="float:right;" width="160" height="120"><p>Tablets are thin, lightweight and turn on without delay. Especially for college students who spend much of their day marching around campus, carrying a lighter load is very appealing. A <a href="">PC tablet computer</a> is much easier to pack around and use in a classroom or lecture hall than a laptop. Just think of all the sore backs we could prevent by eliminating the weight of heavy textbooks from backpacks! Longer battery life means that students don’t have to worry about carrying a charger with them or finding an outlet to plug that charger in. That means no scrambling for the desk closest to the outlet before class begins.</p> <h3>Software</h3> <p>Some of the most innovative software around is being developed specifically for tablets. In addition to the thousands of exciting educational apps available, <a href="">tablets</a> are fully compatible with online teaching and learning platforms, such as Blackboard, which are regularly used at colleges and universities. Are all the details of your Humanities professor’s last lecture a bit fuzzy, or perhaps you dosed off for a moment in class? Take advantage of your tablets audio recording software to record and play back what you might have missed. Plus, note taking can be so tiresome!</p> <h3>Affordability</h3> <p>Lower price points are making tablets more appealing and accessible to students, colleges and universities. Increased competition has driven down the prices of tablets. And here at <a href="">ARCHOS</a>, we are always offering the best low prices to our customers!</p> <p>So, now that you see no reason NOT to buy a tablet for yourself or the student in your life, take a look at the tablets ARCHOS has to offer in our <a href="">online store</a>. And please feel free to leave us a note or share your comments here.</p> Top 5 Free Halloween Apps,2012-10-25:/blog/id/15/ 2012-10-25T09:11:45-06:00 2012-10-23T11:38:09-06:00 Archos <h3>100 Floors</h3> <p><img src="" style="float:right;" width="120" height="120">This is a popular Halloween game that is now available for <a href="">Android devices</a>. What’s the game even about? Puzzles. Lots and lots of puzzles! So whip out those problem solving brain cells before you start playing, as you are required to pinch, poke, tilt, swipe and shake your device to solve all the Halloween puzzles. As always, the further you get, the harder the puzzles become. So be prepared for a challenge. Do you think you can beat all 15 Halloween levels before the 31st? Try it. I dare you.</p> <h3>Scare Your Friends – SHOCK</h3> <p>Do you want to hear your friends and family scream? If so, this app was made for you! Scare your friends - SHOCK allows you to set a timer, give your phone to a friend, and then have an extremely horrifying photo and sound appear after the timer expires. Be careful though, your friend is most likely going to throw your phone out of fear. So be sure you are in a completely padded room. Or if that’s not feasible, at least be in a room with carpet and not hardwood or tiled floors. We don’t want to kill the Halloween spirit by breaking your phone or <a href="">tablet</a>!</p> <h3>Halloween Sound Board</h3> <p><img src="" style="float:right;" width="100" height="130"> Get your Halloween groove on with this awesome Halloween Sound Board app. This Android app allows you to get the best scary shrills, shrieks and screams for the holiday season. The sounds can be used as ringtones, notifications, alarm clocks, music, and more! Use them at your neighborhood haunted-house while you’re at it. The sounds are bound to scare all those that dare to enter.</p> <h3>Halloween Live Wallpaper</h3> <p>Halloween is all about costumes and candy, and your phone and tablets deserve to join in on the fun. With Halloween Live Wallpaper, you can dress up your devices with all sorts of costumes…and LIVE ones at that! Test out the flying witch, the vampire smiles, or the Halloween castle. The wallpapers are sure to put you, and your devices, in the Halloween spirit.</p> <h3>Bubble Blast Halloween</h3> <p><img src="" style="float:right;" width="150" height="100">We’ve all played this game before. You know, the one where you get all the same colored bubbles in a row and trigger a chain reaction to eliminate them? BUT, have you played it with Halloween characters?! That’s what I thought. This exclusive Halloween version adds extra fun by using pumpkins, ghosts, vampires and more, instead of the usual colored bubbles. So much more fun with scary Halloween characters if you ask me! So go on now, get your Halloween bubble bursting on.</p> Evolution Of Android Infographic,2012-10-12:/blog/id/13/ 2012-10-12T10:43:56-06:00 2012-10-05T17:03:53-06:00 Archos <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script> <div class="fb-like" data-href="" data-send="true" data-width="450" data-show-faces="true"></div> <a href="" class="twitter-share-button" data-url="" data-text="Evolution of #Android. Android operating systems have sure come a LONG ways!">Tweet</a> <script>!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="//";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");</script> <p>The world is evolving. The times are changing. And operating systems for <a href="">Android tablets and phones</a> are leading the way! Things have changed quite a bit from the first operating system, the Android 1.0, to the newest version, Jelly Bean 4.1. How far you ask? We'll let the "Evolution of Android" do the talking for us on that one. But be prepared...your mind is about to be blown. And by the end, you'll probably want to buy an <a href="">ARCHOS Android Tablet</a> of your own. But that's fine with us. We understand. They are pretty amazing!</p> <a href=""><img src="" width="440" height="4298"/></a> <p> </p> <p><strong>Embed this image onto your own page with the code below!</strong></p> <textarea rows="4" cols="55" onClick=";"> <a href=""><img title="Evolution of Android" src="" alt="Evolution of Android" width="440px" height="4298px" /></a>[Source: <a href="">ARCHOS Android Tablets Store</a>]</textarea> Five Must-Have Android Tablet Accessories!,2012-11-16:/blog/id/11/ 2012-11-16T15:07:19-07:00 2012-10-03T10:41:18-06:00 Archos <img src="/images/502004/ARCHOS%20headphones.jpg" style="float:right;" width="150" height="150"> <p>You might see this headline and be thinking, “Why does my <a href="">ARCHOS Android tablet</a> need any accessories? What could possibly make it even more awesome than it already is?!” Chances are you aren’t thinking that, but we like to dream! Today we’ll be listing out some of the best Android accessories on the market and telling you how they will complete your perfect love for your Android <a href="">pc tablet</a>.</p> <h3>1. Wireless Keyboard</h3> <p>With all the capabilities an Android tablet has to offer, you don’t need to lug around a heavy laptop every time you are on-the-go. Your tablet can replace your mobile computer for a lot of tasks. But if you are worried that tapping on that touchscreen is eventually going to drive you batty, there is an easy solution…investing in a wireless keyboard that connects to your Android device via Bluetooth. There are plenty of keyboard options on the market, including the $80 ZAGGkeys Flex keyboard which features a protective cover that doubles as a stand for your Android tablet. There is also the ZAGGfolio, which comes with a tablet case and a keyboard at a price of about $100.</p> <h3>2. Protective Case</h3> <p>You might think of your brand new Android tablet as your new baby: fragile and precious. Why not protect it from costly bumps, bruises and cracks? Anyone who has owned a smartphone or tablet knows it’s just a matter of time before that ‘GASP’...accidental drop! You probably paid a lot of money for your Android tablet, so paying a little extra to keep it safe makes sense and gives you peace of mind. To ensure a proper fit, be sure to buy a <a href="">case made specifically for your Android</a> product.</p> <h3>3. Cool headphones</h3> <p>What fun is an Android tablet if you can’t drown out the noise of the outside world with some Jay –Z now and again? Or maybe Taylor Swift is more your style. Whatever your musical tastes, the perfect pair of headphones is a must-have. There are a number of convenient and comfortable headphones on the market like wireless earbuds or tangle-free cables with earbuds. If you are looking to make a statement, big and bold headphones like our <a href="">ARCHOS headphones</a> with noise cancellation have made their way into fashion.</p> <h3>4. Desktop Dock</h3> <p>From all the time we spend playing on our Androids, at some point our fingers are going to tap out. That’s why a desktop docking station is a good idea. It lets you listen to music, watch videos, or keep your shiny new tablet propped up and looking pretty, all while recharging the battery. Find one that’s universal, or one that is specifically designed for your tablet. <h3>5. Portable Power</h3> <p>Most Android <a href="">pc tablets</a> need to be charged at least once during a regular day. So what do you do if you’re nowhere near a power outlet, or there’s a natural disaster, or the Zombie apocalypse has begun?! Okay, so we are being a bit dramatic, but we’ve all had those terrifying moments when our battery indicator changes from yellow to red. You're in luck if you have an external battery! One product that seems to be getting a lot of attention is the Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Pro, a universal external battery that’s weather tested, and water, dust, and sand resistant.</p> <br/> <p>So there you have it, five must-have android accessories! At just five, we’ve really only scratched the surface of Android accessories on the market today. New ones are being created as we speak. If you have a favorite Android accessory that we didn’t mention today, leave us a comment with what it is and why you love it! We’d love to hear about it.</p> Travel Apps for Android You Won’t Want to Leave Home Without,2012-10-03:/blog/id/10/ 2012-10-03T10:57:12-06:00 2012-08-22T16:06:14-06:00 Archos <p> Do you remember the last time you got completely lost? Or perhaps a time when you were in an unfamiliar place and needed to know where to eat or crash for the night? I bet the first place you turned to was your Android tablet. Technology can be a lifesaver when you’re on the road or in an unknown territory. Whether you’re a business or adventure traveler, there’s a plethora of Android travel apps to help your trip feel like smooth sailing. Some of our favorites are summarized below:</p> <h3>TripIt</h3> <p><img src="/blog/images/tripit.png" style="float:left;" width="100" height="100">TripIt makes it easy for millions of travelers to organize and share their trips. The app can take all of your travel plans and organizes them into one convenient itinerary. You just forward confirmation emails from anywhere you book to and TripIt creates one simple itinerary to access on a tablet or anywhere online. For even greater peace of mind while traveling, TripIt Pro acts like a personal travel assistant that keeps travelers in the know regarding flight status, alternate flights, and monitors eligible flights for fare refunds.</p> <br> <h3>Flight View</h3> <p><img src="/blog/images/Flight View.PNG" style="float:left;" width="100" height="100">FlightView is the recognized leader in providing the most accurate, real-time flight information solutions for the aviation and travel industry and now they’ve created a flight tracking app for Android. Get instant alerts when flight status changes, easily share your trip itinerary or flight status, and view a national airport delay map with weather. </p> <br> <h3 style="float:none;">Poynt</h3> <p><img src="/blog/images/poynt.jpg" style="float:left;" width="100" height="100">Poynt is an award-winning local search app that lets you find and connect with businesses, movies, restaurants, people, offers and events near you whenever and wherever you need them. Poynt allows you to interact with your search through placing calls to businesses, mapping directions, viewing showtimes and movie trailers or reserving a table at a local restaurant.</p> <br> <h3>Google Translate</h3> <p><img src="/blog/images/Google Translate.jpg" style="float:left;" width="100" height="100">Google Translate helps you make sense of 63 different languages. You can even speak text to be translated into the local language or take a picture of text for translation with Google Goggles. The app provides information for products, landmarks or art.</p> <br><br> <h3>Wikitude</h3> <p><img src="/blog/images/Wikitude.png" style="float:left;" width="100" height="100">Using augmented reality technology, Wikitude lets you position your phone's camera to discover information and points of interest around you. Wikitude is your "third eye" and allows you to see things you wouldn't normally see. Wikitude's Augmented Reality connects you with the world around you in a completely new way - a truly exciting and immersive experience. By using the camera, simply hold up your smartphone and engage with your immediate surroundings. Get information on places, find restaurants, discover people and even play games - all through Wikitude’s field of vision.</p> 5 of the Most Addictive Android Game Apps,2012-10-11:/blog/id/9/ 2012-10-11T10:11:55-06:00 2012-08-09T22:19:22-06:00 Archos <p>One of the best things about owning one of our<a href=""> ARCHOS Android Tablets</a> is having a world of entertainment right at your fingertips. For those rare moments when you have some time to kill, or when you’re avoiding work, we’ve listed 5 of the most fun apps for you to try your hand at. Whether you’re sitting at the airport waiting for a delayed flight or procrastinating an expense report, these apps are sure to keep you entertained. But be careful, they are addictive.</p> <h3>1. Angry Birds</h3> <p><img src="/blog/images/Angry Birds.png" style="float:right;" width="100" height="100">Unless you’re living in a cave under a rock, chances are you’ve heard people talking about “Angry Birds.” But if you’ve yet to experience the satisfaction of crushing an evil pigs shelters by launching wronged, vengeful birds into it, then it’s time you try. The Angry Birds characters have become so admired that they’ve even been created into action figures, stuffed animals, and t-shirts. Beware of the power of Angry Birds cause once you start, you won’t want to stop.</p> <h3>2. Words with Friends</h3> <p><img src="/blog/images/Words with Friends.jpg" style="float:right;" width="100" height="100">Words with Friends is like an electronic version of the board game Scrabble. Words with Friends allows you to play the game with anyone at any time by challenging your contacts who have also downloaded the app. You can be sitting right next to your opponent or thousands of miles away. The game has been known to create some friendly AND not-so-friendly competition among friends and frenemies.</p> <h3>3. Fruit Ninja</h3> <p><img src="/blog/images/Fruit Ninja.png" style="float:right;" width="100" height="100">You wouldn’t expect a pairing of the words ‘fruit’ and ‘ninja’ to make for any excitement, but this random idea could get you through loads of boring luncheon speakers or college lectures. The whole purpose of the game is to slice as many falling fruits as possible using your ninja warrior skills. Watching the fruits smash and splatter at your every move will give you a rush you wouldn’t expect.</p> <h3>4. Draw Something</h3> <p><img src="/blog/images/draw something.png" style="float:right;" width="100" height="100">Another social networking game, this electronic version of Pictionary, may have incited some competitive trash-talking among your circle of friends. Whether you’re a talented artist or just make a good effort, you can get wrapped up in the fun of finding creative ways to illustrate a word. If you’d rather your artistic skills not be revealed (or mocked rather), you can select random opponents. And if you’re getting bored with one opponent, you can also have multiple games in your queue.</p> <h3>5. Cut the Rope</h3> <p><img src="/blog/images/Cut the Rope.png" style="float:right;" width="100" height="100">Some would argue that Cut the Rope is perhaps the most addictive game in the Android market after Angry Birds. The object of each level is to maneuver a piece of candy into the mouth of a green cartoon monster. The candy hangs by one or several ropes which the player can cut with a swipe of their finger and can also be manipulated through other objects including bellows and floating bubbles. The other objectives are to collect up to three stars per level by touching them with the candy, to keep the candy within the box, and to avoid spike and electricity hazards. If seeing the candy land in that little green monster’s mouth doesn’t bring a smile to your face, I don’t know what will.</p> It’s hot outside! Who wants an Ice Cream Sandwich?,2012-11-16:/blog/id/8/ 2012-11-16T14:56:37-07:00 2012-07-30T14:43:47-06:00 Archos <p>Here at Archos, we’re excited about the new Android Operating System deliciously referred to as Ice Cream Sandwich, or more technically, Android 4.0. <img src="/blog/images/97 Carbon With Ice Cream Sandwich.jpg" style="float:right;">The <a href="">Ice Cream Sandwich</a> platform includes a number of updates to benefit your user experience like enhanced camera capabilities, intuitive navigation, and an improved voice input engine, just to name a few. Below are some of our favorite enhancements from Ice Cream Sandwich in more detail.</p> <p>From the Home screen, you can now do much more than add shortcuts. Live application content can be embedded directly through interactive widgets so you can check your email, look through your calendar, or check out your Facebook feeds without even having to launch apps. Multitasking is made easier with the Recent Apps button that lets you jump instantly from one task to another by tapping a thumbnail of a recently used App in the System Bar.</p> <p>Android has made a number of impressive updates to the Camera app to improve image quality and ease of use, including continuous focus, zero shutter lag exposure, and decreased shot-to-shot speed. Stabilized image zoom lets you create photos and video in the way you want, including while video is recording. You can even take full resolution snapshots right in the middle of shooting video by tapping the screen as video continues to record. Built-in face detection locates faces in the frame and automatically sets focus, or for more control, you can tap to focus anywhere in the preview image. For capturing large scenes, the Camera offers a single-motion panorama mode. In this mode, you start an exposure and then slowly turn the Camera to take in as wide a perspective as needed and the Camera will assemble the full range of continuous imagery into a single panoramic photo.</p> <p>Especially fun updates for shooting video are the Live Effects and Silly Faces apps. You can change the background behind a subject to any stock or custom image, or use a set of morphing effects to transform facial features. Small eyes, big mouth, big nose, face squeeze, and more Silly Face effects offer endless entertainment. Live Effects is even available during video chat in the Google Talk app.</p> <p>In <a href="">Android 4.0</a>, email is easier to send, read, and manage. For composing email, improved auto-completion of recipients helps with finding and adding frequent contacts more quickly. For easier input of frequent text, you can now create quick responses and store them in the app, then enter them from a convenient menu when composing. When replying to a message, you can now toggle the message to Reply All and Forward without changing screens. For keeping track of incoming email more easily, a resizable Email widget lets you flick through recent email right from the home screen, then jump into the Email app to compose or reply.</p> <p>Coming up next for <a href="">Android operating systems</a> is Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, with even more improvements and added features to make Android products faster and more intuitive than they have ever been.</p> What is an Android Tablet?,2012-11-16:/blog/id/7/ 2012-11-16T14:59:50-07:00 2012-06-22T13:35:01-06:00 Archos <img src="/blog/images/Android Tablet 2.jpg" style="float:right;" width="175" height="150"><p>The 21st century’s answer to increasing technology demands, an <a href="">Android tablet</a> brings together the convenience and portability of a touch phone with the functionality and capabilities of a personal computer. A predecessor to the lap top, an Android tablet is wireless, lightweight and compact. Like any laptop or stationary computer, users can choose from a variety of tablets that best fits their needs and budget.</p> <h3>Operating System</h3> <p>Android tablets share the <a href="">Google Android operating system</a>. What sets Android apart from similar systems is that its operating system is open source, allowing programmers to create applications freely. There are hundreds of thousands of free or priced apps currently on the Android market. Some Android tablets are built with 3G or 4G connectivity while others operate on Wi-fi networks.</p> <h3>Convenience</h3> <p><a href="">Android tablets</a> are available in a range of sizes so you can select a size that feels most comfortable to you. Android batteries can be easily replaced when necessary without having to send the manufacturer the device. Also, Android tablets are programmed to be multitasking machines. The easily navigable multitasking panel pops up with a single tap on the screen and displays full previews of running applications. Especially popular with users, most Android tablets have two cameras, an outward facing one and an inward facing one for video chatting. Certain camera apps also allow you to directly edit an image without the hassle of having to download and edit it on a computer.</p> <h3>Customization</h3> <p>ARCHOS offers a number of <a href="">Android tablets</a> so you can find the tablet that best suits your personal tastes and technology needs. Unlike Apple’s one-size-fits-all approach, our product offerings are tailored to the individual. From the everyday business traveler to the social networking college student, Archos has a tablet customized to fit every user.</p>