Archos confirms Sept 15th Android event, readies AppsLib app store
Even though we've known since June that Archos would be announcing its long-rumored Android internet tablet next month, it's still great to see this robot-adorned invitation confirming that September 15th is the day for the big reveal.
In preparation for the event, Archos has soft-launched AppsLib, a work-in-progress app store for "high-end Android devices" like its very own tablet, which looks to be staying true to previously reported specs. According to the development guidelines on the site, the new device (puzzlingly referred to as the Archos 5 Internet Tablet throughout) will feature a 5-inch WVGA touchscreen, 720p video support, HDMI output, and natively embedded OpenGL libraries. This is in keeping with all the early info, so it may be safe to assume that the rest of the details (up to 500GB storage, 7-hour video battery life, Cortex CPU, 3.5G connectivity) still hold true as well.
AppsLib is hoped to eventually be available on a range of Android gadgets (including smartphones, PNDs, tablets, PDAs, and even picture frames) from various manufacturers, but Archos is the one being credited with having "what it takes to become the future of Android devices."
We'll see if the company is up to the task on September 15th.