Android is just Linux. So is the Archos. And I'd see Archos restricting access to any 3rd party apps that conflict with things they sell - they wouldnt thing it was great of say VLC was ported and could play all the files they are charging you to play (h264, vob, etc).
You obviously don't know how Android works. Nobody can create a VLC Android application. Android applications are just using some type of Java, that's pretty basic and secure, but still can hook up to basic features of the device such as connectivity, storage, media player, audio input/output, video input/output, camera, gps, electronic compass, gyroscope and other such hardware options. In a way basic Widgets can't really do. But still, nobody is going to program a VLC type of application to hack video codecs using Android, that's not what Android is for.
Android is for social networking, instant messaging, location based services and other location and Internet based tools such as Shopping assisting to help you make better choices when you go shopping, help you make better choices when you go out, let you buy public transportation tickets, cinema tickets, lets you replace your credit card with your Android device and more things like that.
Oh Charbax, I sometimes wonder if you realise what a fool you come off as!
Before I tear your analysis apart here is the basis of my opinion
1: I Recently attended the recent Google Developer day in London where I used Android
2: The company I work for has had Android Engineers in to speak to our developers (including myself) for feedback on the SDK and other features, as well as for helping us develop Android code in test environments as I expect Google would love to have a branded application on their system from our company.
3: I'm a software engineer who develops primarily in MS .NET, but have worked professionally in C, C++, C#, Java, Delphi, SQL Server, Oracle, and a long time ago Assembly.
So Ive played with the SDK, talked to the developers of Android, and used it on a working system for a limited time.
So believe me when I say - the SDK can be used for almost anything - including a VLC type port. The OS allows for direct file access, direct screen access, and VLC is open source (as is ffmpeg which VLC uses for decoding) its not unrealistic to assume that a cunning developer could convert the C based code to Android. Android is a full OS and not just some place to host widgets. One of the reason (some) people are getting excited is that the Java (its not *technically* Java, but it is...) runtime is supposedly super optimized and allows for a lot of access to the OS. To put into perspective VLC has been ported to other mobile OSs (I had it for a WM5 mbile phone some years ago), so its certainly a possibility. And one which I doubt Archos would relish........
Now please please please Charbax - you've already lost virtually all my respect due to your random nonsense about USB this and Android that. Please stop with your wild rumours and misinformation before more of your members defect to the unofgadgets website, which is so far a much more informed place to discuss Archos products.........
Not sure why - but it appears Charbax has it in for UN of Gadgets.com he changed the reference to SybianSucks?