ARCHOS WILL SHIP an Internet media tablet running Google's Android OS even before another new product it announced earlier this week hits the shops.
At a briefing with the INQ yesterday, the company revealed its upcoming series three range to be announced in September will all be based around Android, with its customised applications running on top.
ARCHOS 9 PCTablet
The Archos 9 PCTablet launched earlier this week will be Windows 7 based, but that won't ship until late October. Archos will launch and ship another as yet unnamed Android Intenet tablet that will arrive before then, so the company will actually be competing with itself.
We were told the upcoming Google OS based Intenet media device will have only a 5-inch screen, fairly close in size to the Archos 5 Internet tablets of nearly two generations ago and smaller than the 9-inch screen on the Windows model just announced. We imagine that sooner or later Archos will also be putting the Android OS in that larger Internet media device too.
Archos also informed us that its upcoming devices will include some telephony products, but that they won't all be mobile phones. µ