The Archos 35 Home Connect is a small Android-powered device that’s not really a phone or an internet tablet. Instead it’s more like a clock radio on steroids, or what a Chumby or Sony Dash would be if they ran Android and had access to thousands of Android applications.
Archos introduced the device last month, and while it’s not shipping yet you can take a peek at the user manual today, courtesy of the FCC website.
Among other things, the manual explains how you’re supposed to use the Android 2.2 operating system on a device without physical buttons. There are buttons on the touchscreen itself for Back, Menu, Home, Search, and volume functions. Unlike your typical clock radio, there’s also a camera above the screen which you can use to snap photos or make video calls.
The Archos 35 can hang out on your nightstand while plugged into a wall jack — but there’s also a built-in battery which means you can charge up the device and take it with you to listen to music or run apps on the go. You use a USB cable to charge the device — or to connect to a computer to transfer files.
The user manual also shows off the basic Android actions and apps. The device comes with TuneIn Radio preinstalled, as well as custom music and video apps designed by Archos.
One portion of the document also mentions “baby monitoring,” but this section is blank at the moment. I don’t know if that means Archos meant to include an app that would let you place the tablet in your child’s room to act as a baby monitor and didn’t actually include it — or if the company is simply still working on the user manual.
The FCC also offers some close-up photos of the Archos 35. You can check out a few of them below.