Archos outs multi-touch TV Connect with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Google TV may still be lacking behind the rest of the smart TV pack, but Archos believes it has solved the apparent issue with its new TV Connect. The Android-powered computer box plugs into any existing HDTV to offer a seamless connected experience.

Along with the box itself, customers will be treated to a massive remote with more controls than you could ever imagine necessary, featuring a full QWERTY kerboard, a D-pad and a slew of gaming buttons..To differentiate itself from the rest of the ill-fated Google TV crowd, Archos has also included a pair of pointer sticks to “control your TV just like you would your tablet with a tapping and/or swiping motion.” If that’s not enough, the box has a built-in HD webcam, making video calls a breeze.

Perhaps one of the most noticeable features of the company’s new Google TV is access to Google’s entire swath of Play Store content. Unlike other similar boxes, users will be able to purchase music, movies and TV episodes, in addition to third-party streaming applications like Netflix and Spotify. Running graphic intensive apps should be no problem either as Archos’ TV Connect sports a 1.5GHz “multi core” CPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage (expandable via microSD). The Android 4.1-powered TV Connect is slated to arrive in February for $130.

Source: Archos

About the Author: Colton Kaiser

Born in southern California, Colton is a self-proclaimed tech enthusiast. His first Android handset was the Motorola Backflip, though his passion for technology began when he received his first Windows 95-powered PC for a Christmas present as a child. Dumbfounded by the capabilities of the machine, he discovered an inherent fascination for software and electronics. Colton wrote for numerous news publications before establishing his own popular technology-oriented website. When he's not writing about or playing with the latest gadgets, he enjoys watching football and destroying friends in his fantasy league, preferably while eating Mexican food. Colton currently attends the University of Redlands, where he plans to major in journalism.

  • Mystery Man

    ill stick with my imito mx1

  • Frans-Peter van der Leur

    Still waiting for Gingerbread, Honeycomb, IceCream Sandwich or Jellybean on my earlier Archos 70 internet tablet.