Flashback: Android makers tried to emulate the iPod touch, failed

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Apr 16, 2023

Apple introduced the original iPhone in January 2007 and a few months later it leveraged the new all-touch interface to add a new branch to the iPod family tree. While the iPod touch was outsold by the iPhone, it was still highly successful – Apple celebrated 100 million units sold in mind 2013.

Naturally, Android makers wanted to have their own iPod touch. In 2009 the Archos 5 Internet Tablet hit the scene. It was billed as a “PMP”, Portable Media Player, and it may have been the first of its kind to run Android (v1.6 Donut). It could play MP3, AAC, FLAC as well as various video formats…