Archos Shows Off Their Android Based Home Connect Alarm Clock and Internet Radio Device

While checking out the Archos booth at CES 2012 we were hoping to get a hold of some new tablets and smartphones for the year, but instead they weren’t really showing much at the event.  While we did see some devices from the G9 series, they were old news other than the fact they were confirmed to receive ICS at some point.  However, we did manage to come across this little guy dubbed the Archos Home Connect.  The Home Connect is a little Android based alarm clock that offers several little tidbits to accompany you on the bedside both for night and day.  The small set offers a touch screen with access to all of your familiar applications like email, social media and heck, even Angry Birds. Other apps can be side loaded as well.  The device is running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and offers a few cool features in the clock management dept.  There’s obviously an alarm clock which you can set virtually an unlimited amount of alarms for.  There’s a tune in radio offering 50 thousand popular web stations, live traffic, weather and even a dimmer so you’re not blinded when you peek over at the time in the middle of the night.

There’s a music player on board so you can rock your tunes via an sd card slot in the back up to 32 GB’s and the speakers sound pretty decent for a little guy.  It does offer a unique design as far as body style goes and my guess is that you’ll either love it or hate it.  There’s a micro usb port on the back and it comes with 4 gigs of internal space.  Battery life is touted at around 10 hours or so.  Obviously, the device operates over wifi and to top it all off it can be used as a web cam.  The device will go in the US for around $149.  Check out the quick hands-on demo below and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.  If you’ve happened to miss any of our other CES 2012 coverage be sure to check our link out here where there’s more where this came from.

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Joe was born in New Jersey and spent most of his childhood moving around from state to state. He eventually made his way to Pennsylvania where he met his Portuguese beauty and made her his wife. He now has three great kids and full access to all of the Portuguese food he can eat. Joe's love for mobile technology began when he bought his first Palm Pilot, a Palm M130 and left it on top of his car, driving off, causing it to smash into a thousand pieces. Forced to buy a new device, he quickly discovered that specs were changing so rapidly he was buying a new device every six months just to keep up. Since then, he has constantly felt the need to have the latest and greatest. When the "smartphone" revolution began and integrating cell phones and PDA's was the norm, he quickly jumped to Windows Mobile for several years until the first Android device was launched, the T-Mobile G1. Joe began appreciating all of the free utilities Google provided and sold his soul (his precious data) to Google long before they got into the mobile OS business. So, there was no hesitation at all for him to jump on board and ride the Android train as an early adopter. And boy has it been a blast. Joe now works in the Engineering & Operations dept for a major mobile carrier where he remotely troubleshoots cell sites and loves being an Editor for TalkAndroid.

  • Frans-Peter van der Leur

    It would have been better if they would have finally come with a tablet update for their december 2010 (ten!) tablets. We are still working with 2.2, never seen any tablet software on these Archos TABLETS. I will never buy any Archos product again, very poor after sales.