Archos unveils their plan to cover the world with cheap bandwidth for the Internet of Things using PicoWAN, Archos's new ultra-low-cost long range IoT bandwidth adapter. People will get them for free by June 2016, to install in their own homes, and each PicoWAN has up to kilometers of range bandwidth for IoT devices into every neighborhood, worldwide. Archos estimates that 200 thousand of these units can cover the whole of Europe with connectivity for IoT.
- Is it on unlicensed 700mhz TV white spaces?
- Is there not enough bandwidth to also support a worldwide free broadband network for Smartphones and Tablets too?
- This is the future! I video-blogged FON wifi enthusiastically in last 10 years and their lack of range has been disappointing. As FON, anyone sharing bandwidth from their home should not only share 50% in revenue but also they should roam the world for free.
I possibly think it would be better for Archos PicoWAN to somehow provide free connectivity for everyone, free connectivity for every IoT device around the world, yet each device should be registered so they cannot use up all available bandwidth, some kind of throttling maybe is required within PicoWAN. Unlocking extra bandwidth should be possible for devices that need more bandwidth, but only if the bandwidth is available.
At $199/199€ with 5" FHD, runs Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 which Archos says is about 25% more performance than an Octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 smartphone. It has LTE dual-sim, NFC, MicroSD, 2GB RAM, removable 2700mAh battery. Archos also shows their 69€ Windows Phone, 119€ MT6582 Archos 50b Platinum, Archos 101 Oxygen with FHD 10.1" aluminium casing on RK3288 with 7000mAh at 199€. Archos 101 Platinum 10.1" HD and their 7" Windows Intel Tablet at 119€.
Google Play certified Laptop from Archos, with the ultra low power consumption Rockchip RK3168 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9, 1GB RAM, 10.1" 1024x600 touch screen display, possibly an excellent keyboard and mousepad, priced at only $169 in retail, here's the Archos ArcBook: http://www.archos.com/us/products/themed/arcbook/index.html
- Archos launches a $170 Android laptop: The ArcBook (liliputing.com)
- Archos ArcBook: An Android netbook for a measly hundred-and-seventy clams (go.theregister.com)
- The Archos Arcbook is an Android based netbook for $170 (thedroidguy.com)
- Archos announces the ArcBook 10.1 inch Android netbook (technutty.co.uk)
- Archos ArcBook tries to revive the Android netbook (slashgear.com)
- Archos Announces The ArcBook, A Budget-Friendly Android Notebook Coming In June For $169.99 (androidpolice.com)
- ARCHOS announces the ArcBook -- an affordable Android-powered laptop (betanews.com)
- Archos announces extremely affordable Android laptop, priced at just $169.99 (androidauthority.com)
- Archos Offers Android Notebook, the ArcBook for $170 (tomshardware.com)
- Archos ArcBook marries Android tablet, netbook for productivity (technologytell.com)
Archos 50c Oxygen is an octa-core MT6592 5" FHD phone.
6.4-inch HD IPS screen (1280 x 720), the unlocked ARCHOS 64 Xenon phablet uses the MT6582 Quad-Core CPU for released available for under $200.
Archos presents their entry-level music enthusiasts phone, powered by the Mediatek MT6572 dual-core 1.3GHz ARM Cortex-A7 processor. 4-inch IPS display with a 800x480pixel resolution, 4GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, HSPA+, Bluetooth 3.0, and a 1400mAh battery. This phone is released now for 110€ in Europe. You can find out more about it here: http://www.archos.com/gb/products/smartphones/titanium/archos_40btitanium/index.html
This summer, Archos will release this Touchscreen E Ink Smartwatch, running an E Ink optimized UI to display your smart notifications through the upcoming Archos Smartwatch App for Bluetooth 4/3 Smartphones on Android and iOS. Sunlight readability, always-on and battery life should be great. Archos also will release their non-touch E Ink Smartwatch for $129 a couple or so months before this one.
After showing how the Smart Home is going to be done by the industry, Archos introduces simple and cheap smartwatch systems, all are Bluetooth and the basic idea is you pair it with your Android or iOS phone, you install the Archos Smartwatch management app on your phone to select which notifications you want to vibrate and alert you on your Smartwatch. That's nearly about it. The E Ink and memory LCD units last for 1-2 weeks on a battery while the touchscreen backlit LCD unit lasts 2-3 days on its battery. They charge with a dock which you can have next to your bed. The idea is for the Smartwatch to be a companion to your big-ass phone in your pocket, thus mainly everything is about Archos Smartwatches putting Smart notifications on your wrist.
- Hands-on with the Archos Smartwatch family (liliputing.com)
- Archos unleashes bargain-priced smartwatches starting at $50 (dvice.com)
- Archos to release budget smartwatches (mazumamobile.com)
- The $50 smartwatch will be here by the summer, says Archos (9to5google.com)
- Archos' E Ink SmartWatch looks like a Pebble with a facelift (digitaltrends.com)
- Hands on with the ARCHOS smartwatches at CES 2014 (otroandroidblog.wordpress.com)
Archos presents sub-$200 4G LTE phones, running on the new Qualcomm MSM8926 with 150mbitps LTE support, 1GB RAM, Android 4.4 coming, the display is 5" 1280x720p for the $249/229€ Archos 50 Helium and 4.5" 854x480 on the $199/199€ Archos 45 Helium. Both to be released next month. This is attractive in countries where you can get 4G contracts at sub $20/20€ per month, and even have those sometimes included for free on the ISP home broadband contract, people doing pre-paid instead of 2-year contracts want cheap affordable phones like these to include LTE, and Archos sells some for as low as $99/99€ with their 3G-only MT6572 based Archos 40 Titanium.
- Archos introduces Helium 4G smartphones for $200 and up (liliputing.com)
- Archos unveils the 50 Helium and 45 Helium smartphones (technutty.co.uk)
- Archos Announces the 45 and 50 Helium 4G LTE Smartphones Ahead of CES (androidheadlines.com)
- 45 and 50 Helium 4G New Android Smartphones with LTE From Archos (mono-live.com)
- Archos 45 and 50 Helium official: off-contract and quad-core (slashgear.com)
- Archos 45 and 50 Helium smartphones coming with LTE (androidcommunity.com)
- Archos Prepping Unlocked Android Smartphone Under $200 (tomshardware.com)
- Spec Sheet: Sony, Lenovo, and Archos' budget smartphone battle (theverge.com)
- Archos Helium 4G Smartphones at CES (geeknewscentral.com)
- Archos outs 45 and 50 Helium 4G LTE smartphones (digitalspy.co.uk)
Archos releases a full range of Smart Home Bluetooth 4.0 low energy sensors, cameras, fitness band, scale, blood pressure monitor, movement sensor, temperature meters, GPS/3G tracker (for dogs, cars, bicycles etc), and a bunch more. Archos designed a special 7" Tablet with modified Bluetooth 4.0 to synchronize seamlessly with up to 30 devices at the same time (while the normal Bluetooth 4 spec limits devices to connect to 4 devices). Archos is going to sell their range of Smart Home and Smart Self devices in batches, and where users will be able to buy separate pieces as they wish, buy extra smart plugs, buy extra sensors, cameras, etc as you need more, at prices from around $20 retail per device. Flat batteries last about a couple of years in each of these devices, they don't need to be connected, they all work wirelessly. Archos also presents their really cool Android and iOS app that enables users to program their smart home, selecting conditions, programs, things you want your smart home to do automatically. For example send you a picture to your phone when there is movement in your home, turn off lights when you exit the room, wake you up earlier if the weather is really bad. Archos kind of invented the ARM Powered Tablet, introducing it (on my initial video-blog posting) in 2004 running Qtopia Linux. Then copied by Android and everyone. Archos also introduced the 7" Tablet in 2006, years before the Nexus 7, Archos was the initial Android tablet maker since 2009, this is now Archos showing the industry what is next.