Archos to announce Gen 9 tablets, invite suggests Market and Honeycomb

Archos, a longtime manufacturer of Android tablets and personal media players, has announced the release of their new generation of tablets on June 23, in Paris.  Details from Archos are sparse, to say the least, but the invitation shows Bugdroid, the Android mascot, carrying a tote that looks very much like the Android Market icon, and you also see the familiar blue Honeycomb bee buzzing around his head.

Lack of the Android Market (officially) has been a thorn in Archos' side for a while now, so this would be a huge step for them.  And since Google still hasn't open-sourced Honeycomb, we can only speculate that Archos is now an "official" authorized Android partner -- as they should be.  We'll know more in a few weeks.

Source: ArchosLounge (French).  Thanks, Romain!

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  • archos makes quality hardware, wonder why they weren't official athorized Android partners before
  • Its good to see a more budget manufacturer get access to Honeycomb. I look forward to seeing what Archos has up their sleeves. They seem to offer a nice value for a lot of people. I think I'm going to go ahead and pull the trigger on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • Cool. More competition, so prices can go down even further on tablets.
  • I really want the Archos 70 250GB model that's out now, and the price keeps dropping. I want it as a media (MP3s, in my case) player primarily and a tablet second. Sooooooo... if new models are coming out, I hope they have one with a huge hard drive in it. :) If not, well, then hopefully the prices on the Archos 70 250GB (8th gen) drop a lot! /Kevin