So, two new tablets from Archos weren't enough for you? Apparently, it wasn't for them either - enter two new products that put Android in places that we haven't really seen it before: on your radio, and on your... home phone. Yeah, it took me a moment to digest the idea of a home phone as well; I haven't used one of those in years.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the 35 Smart Home Phone first. It's basically a smartphone without cellular connectivity, offering the same features that you've come to expect from an Android phone. You'll be able to hit up the Android Market to install your favorite apps, check your email, video chat using the front facing camera, and whatever else you can think of. The only thing you can't do with it is, well... take it with you.
One product that you can take with you is the 35 Home Connect: an Android-based web radio with extra-long battery life and Wi-Fi, so you can stream your favorite tunes wherever you can wirelessly connect to the net. Another rad feature of the 35 Home Connect is the integrated front-facing camera for video chat or, as Archos recommends, baby monitoring (which is actually a pretty solid idea). Personally, I just want one for the bathroom so I can rock out while taking a shower.
Both devices will be available at the end of September, with the 35 Smart Home Phone coming in at $159 and the 35 Home Connect costing $10 less ($149).
ARCHOS Now Brings Android Home with the ARCHOS 35 Smart Home Phone and ARCHOS 35 Home Connect
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In 2009, ARCHOS were the first to market with an AndroidTM tablet and today they continue to push technological boundaries and innovation with two new Android devices designed for the home - The ARCHOS 35 Home Connect, an Android-based web radio and the ARCHOS 35 Smart Home Phone, an Android DECT phone. Both are smart devices and feature all of the Android functionalities.
The ARCHOS 35 Home Connect is the perfect music box and the best portable Android device for streaming radio and music anywhere at home such as the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom or kids room. Small, compact and easy to carry, ARCHOS 35 Home connect features WiFi and amazing sound quality becoming a part of your daily life.
The ARCHOS 35 Smart Home Phone will make owning a home phone popular again. It brings Smartphone functionality into your home and gives you access to thousands of applications such as weather, news, games and traffic.
Both cutting-edge ARCHOS Android-based home devices, thanks to the front facing webcams, bring new usages such as video calling, baby monitoring and even room surveillance.
ARCHOS 35 Home Connect, the most-advanced Android-based web radio
The ARCHOS 35 Home Connect is light, has an extra-long battery-life and fits perfectly in your hand. With two high-definition speakers specifically designed for improved bass, users will be amazed by the sound quality produced by such a small device.
With just a click on the touch-screen, users will be able to stream over 50,000 web radio stations or music using the pre-loaded TuneIn application.
The ARCHOS alarm clock application brings users weather, traffic and news from the moment they wake up and features multiple alarms. Users will also have access to thousand applications such as games for children.
With a video calling application, users will be able to video chat to stay in touch with family and friends. Additionally, the front facing webcam allows for baby monitoring and even room surveillance.
ARCHOS 35 Smart Home Phone, the ultimate Android-based DECT phone
The ARCHOS 35 Smart Home Phone combines the best of a DECT phone and a Smartphone for your home. Compatible with any ADSL box or phone line and using standard DECT protocols the ARCHOS 35 Smart Home Phone is a light and stylish home phone that brings users contact sharing with their Android smart phone, MP3 ringtones, caller photo display as well as access to thousands of Android apps, web surfing, emails and video calling.
With its sleek and stylish design the ARCHOS 35 Smart Home Phone is finally a home phone that users will be proud to leave on their coffee table. Its charging dock is separate from its wireless receiver so there’s no need for a huge dock right next to the phone line.
The ARCHOS 35 Smart Home Phone gives you access no other home phone can - whether you want to quickly check your email without turning on the PC, find that definition in Wikipedia or play a game while waiting for your call, the ARCHOS 35 Smart Home Phone can do it.
Thanks to the video calling application, users are able to call from and to a PC or Android mobile phone. Two other usages with the built in front facing webcam are baby monitoring and video surveillance capabilities.
Price and Availability
The ARCHOS 35 Home Connect is expected to be available in September 2011 at the RRP of $149.
The ARCHOS 35 Smart Home Phone is expected to be available in September 2011 at the RRP of $159.
Both devices will be available at the end of September and will be shown beginning of September at IFA.