The great thing about the Android ecosystem is that there are literally hundreds of thousands of apps available for you to download at the Google Play store. If you find the display of your smartphone a bit too small for running these apps then you can always run them on a tablet. But what if you still find the display of a tablet small? Archos, a French consumer electronic company, might just have the solution for you as they bring in the Archos TV Connect.
The Archos TV Connect basically allows you to make your existing TV into a smart TV by bringing in Android to it. This device is basically a box with hardware in it that enables you to run Android. It has its own ARM based processor, RAM, and storage space as well. The included TV touch remote allows you to control your TV just like a tablet or smartphone by swiping and zooming.
Archos TV Connect Specifications
- Storage: 8 GB Flash expandable via micro SDHC Slot up to 32 GB
- Operating system: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- Processor: 1.5 GHz Smart Multi Core processor
- RAM: 1 GB
- Interfaces: HD camera, Micro USB port, USB host port, Mini HDMI output, Ethernet, Micro SD slot
- Communication: Wi-Fi
- Miscellaneous: LED notification, Microphone, Front camera
- Dimensions:235 x 105 x 34 mm
An interesting feature that comes with this device is the camera and microphone. The company says that you will be able to make Skype calls through your TV. Since it is a Google certified device you will have full access to Google Play. You might need to expand the internal 8 GB of memory though if you’re planning on installing tons of apps.
Gamers will also notice that the TV Touch Remote has a gaming like configuration. This will be interesting to check out and see how well it fares when playing actual games.
The Archos TV Connect will be available this coming February 2013 and will be priced at $129.99. It’s also going to make an appearance at CES so stay tuned for our updates on it.