Jan 03 AT 4:47 PM Nick Gray 61 Comments

Archos TV Connect brings the full Android experience to your TV


In a world where Google TV has never really caught on and the latest Android powered gaming systems don’t really offer a true Android experience, you’d think someone would be able to deliver an “Android powered smart TV providing the full Android ecosystem.”

Say hello to the Archos TV Connect, an add-on which transforms your TV into a basic Android device.

Unlike Google TV, Ouya and GameStick, the Archos TV Connect isn’t out to change the way you watch TV or play games. All it really wants to do is deliver the true power of Android on a large screen device. To do that, Archos has put together an oddly-shaped system which sits on top of your TV which includes a built-in webcam of video calls and an absurdly large gamepad like controller with a full QWERTY keyboard. While the setup may be a bit awkward, the end result is a nearly-stock version of Android 4.1 with access to the full Google Play store and countless apps, movies and songs.

While the traditional Android tablet layout may not be the best UI for a large screen TV, the Archos Media Center app is one of the best available for Android. The app can access and manage media files stored locally or on network-connected devices.

The Archos TV Connect is scheduled to go on sale in February for $129.99. It may be a little more expensive than Roku of Apple TV, but TV Connect certainly delivers a lot more functionality. We’ll be sure to stop by the Archos boot at CES next week to get some hands-on time with the new TV Connect.

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ARCHOS Unveils TV connect — Future Ready your Existing TV — First and Only Multi-Touch for Android on TV

ARCHOS TV Connect features a multi-gesture TV Touch remote with game control mapping and an HD camera for video calls

To be debuted at CES 2013, LVCC Central Hall Booth # 15322

2013 International CES
DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ARCHOS, a pioneer in multimedia portable devices, is pleased to announce the ARCHOS TV connect, the only multi-touch “AndroidTM on TV experience” for your apps and games. The ARCHOS TV connect turns any HDTV into an Android powered smart TV providing the full Android ecosystem with a specially designed TV Touch remote.

“As a pioneer in multimedia Android devices, we wanted to create a bigger, better way to enjoy Android”
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 4.1TM ‘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 AndroidTM.”

Revolutionary TV Touch remote – A smartly designed remote for every task

Pointer — Allows you to control your TV just like you would your tablet with a tapping and/or swiping motion
Full multi-touch gesture support – Control your apps easily with zoom In, zoom out and rotate with ARCHOS developed unique gesture controls
Full keyboard with Android shortcuts – The TV touch remote includes a full keyboard and Android shortcut keys including a key for voice controls and voice typing
Play Games on your TV – Critically acclaimed games at your fingertips

Thousands of games available on your TV — Choose from over 700,000 apps and games on Google PlayTM
Dual thumb sticks and buttons – Play all your favorite games with full gaming controls and dual analog thumbsticks
ARCHOS Gaming Mapping Tool — Map the controls of games to the buttons and controllers of the remote for playing virtually any game on your TV — as recently introduced on the GamePad
Turn your TV into a Smart TV – Get a full web experience on your current HDTV

Internet – Surf on the net from a big screen
Online video streaming — Stream videos directly on your TV through YouTubeTM, Daily motion and other video applications
Emails — Send and receive emails or share photos from your Facebook page with friends
HD video calls – Connect with a group of friends or family members on a big screen

HD webcam – ARCHOS TV connect is equipped with an HD webcam for High quality video calling
LED notification — LED lights notify you when you have an incoming calls while watching TV
Compatibility with all popular video calling apps – Video chatting with Skype or Google TalkTM as a family from your sofa has never been easier
Multimedia Player – The ARCHOS TV connect includes the critically acclaimed ARCHOS Media Center applications so you can finally get control of your home media content, including:

Best video codecs and format support – Read all your favorite video files with format and codec support including H.264 decoding in full 1080p HD
Media Center Library – Tailor-made UI with automatic jacket, synopsis and subtitle download as well as library organization even for files stored elsewhere on your home network
Easy home streaming – Stream your media content over your home network either through WiFi or Ethernet
The right connections — Features HDMI (cable included), full USB host and micro SD slot
Googleâ„¢ Certified with Full Access to shop on Google Playâ„¢ — With over 700,000 applications, get all your favorite Android content on your TV including books, music, magazines and movies

Source: BusinessWire

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    This is interesting. Sounds great but I’d be very wary as I would be VERY dependent upon this proprietary Media Center app, and Archos isn’t exactly known as somebody who delivers great software and maintains it long-term, at least I don’t think they are.

    Hope this is a great product, though!! :-)

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      The Media Center app is their replacement for the standard Android video player. If devices like this take off, we could be more media center type apps hit Google Play. Honestly, I’m surprised we have not seen very many already.

      • R.S

        This is pretty much what I thought Google Tv was going to be. I’ve held back on Google Tv and smart Tvs because they didn’t give the full Android experience.

        If this device delivers, I’ll definitely consider getting one. Now obviously I’d prefer it to be straight from Google for obvious reasons, but even so, this device looks very appealing.

        • epps720

          I’m with you, can’t wait to see reviews but this looks awfully promising. They need to readdress that remote that thing looks AWFUL!

        • kash521

          Totally agree with you. I’m just hoping the hardware is up to par to deliver a smooth experience…and that controller looks like an ergonomic nightmare.

        • alexanderharri3

          Yes, it opens many doors to have a Google TV be full android…that it can actually run more apps. Limit to this is lack of Live TV and most likely GTV’s great “What’s on” app.

    • http://blog.artesea.co.uk artesea

      Their Media Centre app is actually rather good if not over priced. You can buy it from Google Play today, and the updates are frequent. Archos main problem is the cheap hardware which let’s them down, however maybe by using your current TV screen it could work.

  • Jeremy Sheehan

    This thing is pretty slick if you ask me. I think this might be the device to finally get for my living room.

    • Cwalden21

      It just needs the hdmi in and out from tv box like the google tv utilizes!

  • ranwanimator

    I’d need to know what the guts of the thing are in order to make an informed decision. Tegra? Snapdragon? RAM? Storage?

    • Thomas Biard

      I agree. I almost pre-decided to get it until I saw that the internals are not listed anywhere. I wouldn’t mind playing some games shooter games on my decent sized TV.

  • mickjen

    Yes, please!

    • mickjen

      But this, plus DVR would be tits!

  • txbluesman

    Sounds really Cool! I can’t wait to see more about this from CES. Nice!

  • shadhussain

    does it run xbmc?

    • shadhussain

      amazes me that google overlooked (or delayed) doing similar with the nexus Q.

      • AndroidBoy

        I was thinking the same thing :-) .

      • Jeremy Sheehan

        The Nexus Q was such a disappointment. I can’t believe all it does is just stream music and movies. Slap Google TV on that thing!

  • heetskore

    forget game stick. I’m not paying for two copies of shadowgun.

  • SGB101

    The remote is a little bulky looking.

    A remote app would be great, especially a tablet one.

    Hello nexus 7 meet the Archos connect.

    • shadhussain

      check out droidmote server/client apps in the play store. you can pretty much mirror your screens. that should do the trick.

    • golcarcol

      Bulky is an understatement, they tried to cram everything into that thing. I can’t imagine how comfortable it will be holding that for a gaming session. Also, how do you actually move around? Using those flat looking joysticks?

  • damambt

    I dont trust ARCHOS, ever since i bought the Archos 5 Internet Tablet. They never did an update and it has been stuck on Android 1.6. The thing is in a box in my closet, and it hasnt been used like in 3 years. A $300 loss for me.

    • Mik in Montague

      I have an original Archos player, and an AV500 Mobile DVR. The first lasted four years, the second is still running fine, nine years old. I’ve drooled over some of their previous offerings, but never took the leap because they always seemed to fall short on the video option. This looks REALLY interesting… as long as you can update the OS.

    • DROID Sam

      Archos actually updated its 101 tablet to Android 4.1 in December. Along the way, I think it received 2 separate updates which fixed a few bugs and updated a few of the Archos apps.

  • http://midweststitch.com ajonrichards

    Some companies crib the Xbox controller design, others borrow from Sony, Archos decided to rip off the Atari Jaguar controller

  • JohnnieB

    This looks quite interesting. I just want something to listen to Google Music on my TV.

    • raichleb

      Google TV will do that, and won’t cost quite as much.

  • sylvan

    This does seem intriguing, but I hope it works with gmote or droidmote or the like. That controller looks terribly clunky to use and have on your table.

  • RonWeez

    Sounds like archos wants to become a game changer in the android ecosystem

  • AndroidBoy

    Interesting concept, but I don’t like the bulky remote.

    This is what the Nexus Q should have been like.

  • bstewart11

    Bold move by Archos to jump out ahead. Can’t wait to see what else pops up at CES to compete with this. I think this is the next iteration of TV devices we will see. I agree with the other comments about the remote though – doesn’t look like it fits with the system.

  • DroidPower

    This looks pretty awesome. Let’s hope their execution of the product goes smoothly!


    This is definitely something I’m more interested in than Google TV or an android gaming console. Although of course quality gaming will be very dependent on the processor and there is no mention of that.

    I think the ultimate solution to get android on your TV is full wireless mirroring of my nexus 7 using some kind of dongle and Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. I know there were some rumblings of some thing like that last year with HTC or the Miracast thing. Any clues if something like that is actually possible or coming in the near future?

  • sbala

    They have to consider Tegra4 processor for this.

  • Bandage

    I’ve owned each generation of Archos tabs up to Gen9. For the price point, they were decent enough…as I managed to find good deals on each. I’d be lying if I said they were quality pieces of gear though.

    Archos tends to run with the TI OMAP processors, so I’d bank on that being what pushes this puppy. I believe they were under contract, not sure if that’s still the case.

    Let’s hope we’re talking about the TI OMAP 5, A15 if so. I’d pick up a pair of these things for around the house! The concept is intriguing…at least Archos has always thought outside the box. Kickstands, interesting keyboard combos, that gamepad Android tablet thingie…not your typical cookie cutter kit.

    Archos has always lured me with their solid media experience, am hoping they put a little effort into this bezel hugger.

  • murali.ram

    Concept is good, but the remote controller is big to handle…

  • ihatefanboys

    Tired of hearing that Google TV “never caught on”.


    Looks nice and there’s a potential. It would be interesting to see how it plays out in the market.

  • TechWings

    And in 2 years it’ll still be on 4.1.

  • anish67

    wonder how this will work, seems nice to make ur TV a smart TV.

  • Floorman63

    This looks like an interesting product. Let’s wait and see the internals of this thing.

  • genny

    This is an old news with a device in overpriced.

    For about two years, you can have a little android hdmi stick on your TV and you can control all multi-touch games and apps with DroidMote.
    You can install all and play with all.

    android hdmi stick dual core cost 35 $
    droidmote cost 1 $

    • Ryan

      First off dual core android sticks are not $35, more like 54-65$us, 35 is for single core slow ones. Also most sticks have no bluetooth (some do now, but only the DC one). Also add a BT remote for 20-30$, then a camera that actually works with skype and google talk, another 20. So for 65 (Imoto MX1) + 20 for crappy BT air remote + 20 for camera, you’re not too far off from what archos is asking, but get a nice integrated device instead of a hodge podge of stuff. I was going to get a Minix Geo X5 but I’ll hold off and see how this one is. That is similar specs but a worthless credit card remote and no camera for $100 but 16gb storage.

  • uknowme

    I was looking into this yesterday. I ran across some mini PCs that run Android. I’m probably going to go down that road.

    • shadhussain

      there are growing pains with setting up android mini-PCs or HTPCs with your TV. as a tinkerer and anroid fan, it’s great fun getting everything working smoothly and optimally. but making it dumb-proof, intuitive and easy-to-use for everyone else is a big challenge, as i’ve found.

      if you are going for a HTPC (generally sub-$100), it’s worth researching the ones with the biggest developer and user community support. that way you won’t be tearing your hair out.

  • Puzzled by Choice

    Looks interesting. I believe if it sells well it will have ongoing support, updates, bug fixes, etc. If it flops… I’d assume the guinee pig 1800 unit owners will be stuck on 4.1 for quite a while. Which may not be a bad thing unless newer updates bring some serious added features that make you jealous enough to upgrade.

    In any event, I like the concept. I’ll wait for some reviews to pop out. After we replace our main TV I’ll be in the market for a roku or some similar device.

  • mjhombre

    Kinda makes me nervous that they don’t show someone holding the remote in the video. Makes you wonder how big this thing really is.. I can hear my friends now “Why are you using your Xbox console like a remote?”

  • alexanderharri3

    Hmm…looks interesting, but we’ve all seen how perfect the Wii’s on-screen cursor is….or isn’t. This seems like an Android gaming device on-the-tv, but stock Android. So stock OUYA w/ webcam, flavored with Wii. Looks to be a completely different segment than Roku, Apple TV, Google TV which are tailored to content. Android can’t even do Hulu without the plus.

  • TheyCallMeZ

    I like the camera idea but that remote has got to go…. Reminds me too much of the Jaguar controller

  • renn9420

    Can’t wait for the personal reviews.

  • impromark

    Honest question – would you want this or a tablet? Personally, if and when tablets or smartphones can fully mirror to a TV, everything like this will be instantly redundant.

    That remote is really wierd, though I like how it tries to emulate the zoom and select functions of a touch UX. Better than anything before, though as I said once true mirroring happens, it’s pointless, no?

  • http://www.baldypal.com Adam Jones

    very innovative, especially with the controls that mimicked multi touch. but Archos. well, they’ve always been kinda second rate haven’t they? i hope they haven’t rushed anything to beat the competition to the market and screw it all up.

  • eViLSt3ve

    I may buy this, it should bring new life to my boring tv.

  • Fiasko

    Yea just the Archos name on it is enough to turn me off. Unless it is cheap I don’t see it doing much of anything. I do love the concept though, I just wish Google would finally do Google TV right…..

  • kenny1428

    I love it Android is everywhere, Tv’s, camera’s, BBQ, toaster…

  • rr2009

    Nice to see Google Play access. Now, if we could have some TV optimized app.

  • nobile

    It was time :) The next move is a TV with Android inside.

  • http://genesischess.com/ MJM128

    I pretty good price. I’m waiting for Google TV to have widespread adoption so that most sets come with it!

  • ObserverBG

    For a legacy TV (“non smart”, but still Full HD) this is a nice amendment.

    The key to sales/ home use success will be to have profiles – I mean Android 4.2.1 for tablets. Otherwise, I’ll have to register one more Google account (esp. for the Archos TV Connect) and cope with the mess my offsprings shall cause on this device.

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