Although is not a smartphone, you might remember the Archos 5 MID, which was recently found at "The Shack" (Radio Shack) been sold for $249.99. The device was supposed to get an update to Android 1.6 (Donut), but right after the update was released, Archos pulled it.
Right after the happy owners of the Archos 5 Android Internet Tablet received the good news about the Android 1.6 firmware update to their devices, they got some bad news from Archos support:
Sorry! We wanted to release our new firmware based on Android 1.6 “Donut” for Christmas. Unfortunately, we found a last-minute major issue with the Web Browser. For this reason we prefer delaying the release of a few days, until it is fixed.
The update version 1.6.08, was supposed to upgrade the Android OS on the Archos MID to Donut by this Christmas. Now, the owners of the device might have to set for a late Christmas present until January 2010. Yes, we know is not too long, but that doesn't make this any better for those who were excited to get the update.
Some of the major changes to the tablet with the new firmware are: the addition of a quick search box, a power control widget, a battery usage indicator screen, native support for WVGA screens, and support for VPN. It also improved video playback on SD and HD resolutions.