These things probably aren’t related at all, but they seem very suspicious. And probably only to me, but here goes.
A few weeks ago, J&R listed the upcoming Archos 70 and Archos 101 Internet Tablets on its site. I signed up for emails to tell me when they’d be in stock. About a week after that, J&R sent me a strange email stating they were pulling the listings, had no idea when these would be in stock, and could provide no further information. They’re still not listed at J&R.
And it’s usually Amazon that has very early listings of Archos devices for pre-order. But this time Amazon has nothing.
Now comes this very strange rumor from CNet about Barnes & Noble to announce a color-screened Nook next week.
Well, Archos would not be above licensing a run of its tablets to Barnes & Noble here. It’d probably ensure many more sales than if it was under the Archos name.
Stranger things have happened: HP once sold the iPod.
So I wonder if these two things are connected? Nook Color is the Archos 70 Internet Tablet with a B&N badge?