This is the Android set-top box we’ve been dreaming of: Archos TV Connect turns your TV into Jelly Bean device

The Archos TV Connect just got unveiled and it is the very embodiment of a revolutionary device we've been waiting for. The idea is simple - turn your fancy new TV into a truly smart device, and by truly we mean full fledged Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. But the idea would not be possible without a capable keyboard-equipped controller, and that is the key ingredient we’ve been missing from other set-top boxes for eons.

Archos nails it all. The Archos TV Connect is a set-top box equipped with a camera for conferencing, a “multi-core” processor, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and 8 gigs of internal storage that is also expandable.

Not just that, it comes with a revolutionary controller combining both a full QWERTY keyboard and a gamepad in one big thing. It comes with two touchpads that even make multitouch possible.

By now, you are probably wondering what’s the price and release date so you can get this thing that up until now was only in Kickstarter dreams sooner. Good news is the Archos TV Connect release date is February 2013 and the price is set at $129.

Now, that’s the right way to kick off the year! We’re genuinely excited about this set-top box which just seems to have finally hit all our wishes. It is a smart TV enabler, a game console, a full-fledged Android on TV for the whole family. Take a look right below and share your thoughts on this.

source: Archos via Android Police



3. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Why is there an big HDMI logo in the back with no HDMI port above it? All the other logos fit in place.

8. Victor.H

Posts: 1104; Member since: May 27, 2011

Yeah, it's strange they've just put the logo there, but there is an HDMI port of course, slightly to the left.

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

The most exciting thing for me would be live streaming on TV.

5. Crossblade

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 21, 2005

Excellent! This one looks right and the pricing is great!! Hope the 1.5 GHz "multicore" processor is powerful enough to play all videos you throw at it :) I think I want one!

6. ljade.abadinas

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 30, 2012


7. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Oh so it finally dawned on them !! About freaking time

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Is this last year's news? February, 2012 release date.... Based on specs (1Gb of RAM), it would appear to be, but then there is the matter of JB.

10. Victor.H

Posts: 1104; Member since: May 27, 2011

I still obviously haven't switched to 2013, it's fixed now!

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

What seems to be missing is the content. If content can be sorted out, the folks at iTV will sh*t a brick.

12. Crossblade

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 21, 2005

I wonder how popular touch-optimized apps will work with this controller - for example multimedia players or pure music players/streamers like Spotify.

13. Victor.H

Posts: 1104; Member since: May 27, 2011

Should work fine if multitouch on the controller is good.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

what content is missing? Its a true android experience. All apps should be compatible with it. Shouldnt be any different than hooking your phone to your TV. BTW, if you happen 2 have 2 android devices and one of them is MHL/airstream/ect compatible to where it will hook into your TV and mirror, you can use a second android phone/tablet as its controller/mouse/keyboard with a simple app. DroidMote.

15. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Now this is why I didn't buy a "Smart TV". Saved hundreds going with the base 55" Samsung LED as I planned on add something like this instead since full blown Android it's much more functional than Google TV or any of the proprietary software any of the TV OEMs currently have out, IMO. Almost bought one of the USB adapters from Amazon that was loaded with 4.04 but this looks much better with the remote/controller it come with. Look forward to seeing some reviews once this launches.

16. devildlm1

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Seems pretty awesome. I just wish that it had tuner/cableCard capabilities so I wouldn't have to pay so much for my stupid Fios STB

17. s1ebee

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

This looks great... I haven't used anything by Archos before, didn't they used to have their own curated app store instead of google play? That would be a good way to ruin a beautiful idea.

25. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

not anymore, had a G9 101 tablet, was a little buggy till i got the last update, and it's pretty much stock Android, used google play, the G9's touchscreen wasn't sensitive enough for word processing (bought it for school) so I gave it away and got an Xperia Tablet S

18. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

This device looks very interesting and I hope it's a lot faster than the OEM stuff in those smart tv's as of late, my lady recently purchased a smart tv but the smart part of it lags badly and it's a Samsung LED LCD 46". If this device is as smooth as JB on a S4 Pro device then I'm all over this as I don't really want to spend the cash on a dedicated Smart TV as their remotes cost a pretty penny when they break as the girlfriends remote did(battery exploded within it). $150 is extremely cheap, I hope that keyboard on it has soft touch buttons I hate those hard to press buttons that make the device feel s**tty and cheap. Wait if it comes with JB, that means it can do Voice recognition, well now this just keeps on getting better. I will look for this. I intend to buy a LED-LCD tv with the highest contrast ratio I can find, my old Aquos is about done as it can't handle gaming anymore, getting demoted to everyday TV watching. Android is proving to be quite the versatile OS, surprised this isn't a desktop OS by now.

19. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

wow I deff going to look into one. I been trying to buy a smart tv forever but I got like another 4 basic flat screens around my house so I cant. GJ

20. JeffPom unregistered

This looks awesome. I don't know much about the specs... as I'm not quite that technical. But this sounds like what I'm looking for. As to streaming TV - can't you do that with ustvnow like with Roku?

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

roku, xbox360, ps3,bluray & DVD players, android USB sticks, android phones hooked up via HDMI, and a half million other ways.

23. JeffPom unregistered

That's what I thought. Meaning that you should be able to with this... and that answers the question posed earlier by someone about wanting live streaming tv.

24. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I have a google tv, and I'm buying this, google TV has been forgotten by google!

26. Droiddoes unregistered

I don't get it. Why would I buy this when a PS3 does all this and more? And WTF @ anyone using (what appears to be) IR technology in 2013? I've always found the concept of a "smart" TV retarded, again if you HAVE to have a web browser and Netflix (Netflix I'll give em, very useful) just get a PS3. It has the added bonus of being a Blu Ray player and media hub. Also couldn't one just hook up their phone to the TV through HDMI and use a bluetooth controller for the same effect as this thing? I just don't get it...

27. jltommy

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

What's the point? There's already much better solutions out there. Take for example Pivos and G-Box. The Midnight is the best box on the market and can run Linux, etc and is like $90. This thing surely can't hold a flame to it, especially since the midnight is $30 less and far more powerful and can run XBMC perfectly which i highly doubt this box can do any of that.

28. Remek

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

Where can I order this?

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