Archos 35 Home Connect review part 2: Applications

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The picture above shows the homescreen where the four main applications are located: Music, TuneIn Radio, Clock and Photo Frame.

Music application


The Music application is a good heritage from other Archos Gen8 devices, this module lets you play audio and organize your music by albums, artists, or display album covers.

The music can be played from the local storage, the micro sdcard in the device or remote computers (SMB and UPNP connections supported)

TuneIn Radio


TuneIn Radio is a free online Internet Radio that lets you listen to over 50,000 stations all over the world. It covers all sorts of online audio content, from music, sports, news or current events.


Clock



The clock application groups many features such as the alarm clock, TuneIn Radio application, car traffic information and weather forcecast. You can choose the location of your choice for the weather forecast and car traffic map.

The alarm clock let you choose multiple ring methods: default ringtone, the music or the radio of your choice.

Photo Frame


The Photo Frame application is the classic application that can be found on Archos Gen8 devices. It transforms your device in a photo frame, displaying all the pictures of your choice. Pictures can be stored locally (internal storage or micro sdcard) on a Media Server (SMB or UPnP) or thru online services (Facebook, Flickr and Picasa)

Other Applications


When presenting Gen9 devices and the new Home range of products on 23rd of June, Archos announced a video chat or video surveillance feature on the Archos 35 Home Connect thru the use of Google Talk (see the video below, at position 7m48s). According to our tests, it does not seem that this feature has been enabled yet.

Adobe Flash


Adobe Flash is pre-installed on the device, but currently cannot be updated: Appslib does not offer Adobe Flash for update and Android Market specifies that the device is not supported.

Adobe Flash version 10.1.105.7 pre-installed.

Appslib


Appslib, Archos own Marketplace does not seem to be installed by default on the device, it can be downloaded and installed from Appslib.

Android Market


Like other Archos Gen8 devices, it is possible to install Android Market thru ArcTools.
See our tutorial on how to use ArcTools to install Android Market.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Hi there
    Does anyone now how to root the device?
    I’d like to install squeezeplay on it but it says it is not compatible. I suppose because of the tiny screen. But because I’d be able to operate it remotely that would be a problem. I hope 🙂
    Any help appreciated…

  2. Thanks for information. So let’s wait and hope that the OS upgrade to Android 2.3 is taken into account for this nice device.

    BTW, I’ve done some other tests with SKYPE today, and communication was good, the sound was much better; so it seems quite sensitive to the quality of Wifi connection.

    And last, correcting the info I’ve given: the working version of SKYPE on the ARCHOS 35 HC with Android 2.2.1 is 2.5.0.109
    It was downloaded with GetJar.

  3. Hi,

    I just got the ARCHOS 35 Home connect; I’ve updated the OS to Android 2.2.1 (with internal updater).

    I think this is THE device for VIDEO CALLS. It’s unique.
    It’s very good for other functions such as web radio (excellent sound, and great choice of radios around the world), watching web TV, Youtube, Email, and even web browsing on websites not specific to mobiles !

    So, I’ve tried to install the latest version of SKYPE for ANDROID 2.2. No luck, couldn’t install the latest 2.6.x.x.

    BUT, I’ve managed to run the SKYPE version 2.5.119. Video is excellent, but sound is “chopped”. A newer version would hopefully fix this.

    I’m new to Android, so if anybody knows a good reason why the latest SKYPE 2.6.x for Android cannot be installed on this device ?
    An error message is returned, something close to “the device is not compatible with this software”.

    Charles
    FRANCE

    • Charles,
      Thanks for your feedback on the device.
      Most android apps work on the 35HC, but probably are not supported or certified by the software editors, as the device really have an exotic setup for a “tablet”: screen resolution, resistive screen, …
      Better Skype support may come later, but there is currenty no warranty. The Video call function for this device, as announced by Henri Crohas during the Keynote in June 2011 is currently not there and it probably won’t happen until the device gets Android 2.3 Gingerbread (Video function in Google Talk needs Android 2.3)