Tagged: Archos 5
again released the Android 1.6 Donut firmware update for their Archos 5 Internet Tablet. This marks the second attempt for the company, who briefly released an update back in December 2009 before promptly yanking it over a "major issue" with the web browser. The update brings with it all of the non-cellular improvements we're used to seeing in Android 1.6: a new Quick Search feature and improved power management are likely the two biggest draws for Archos 5 owners. However there's also improvements in media file support, a new version of the ThinkFree Mobile documents viewer, and better UPnP support over WiFi. There's a full changelog here. [via Twitter]
something about the Archos 5 MID, someone had done a hack to gain access to the Android Market to get Google Apps like GMail, Talk, Maps, and more. And now pocketables has found it at RadioShack, it's been sold for $249.99. Apparently, the Archos 5 is an exclusive at The Shack for now, and they are offering it as "a media and GPS solution." According to their website, you can "access the Internet, media and TV with the customizable Archos 5 Internet tablet. It has a modifiable interface that you can personalize with applications that reflect your taste and needs. And, it will help you get around with a built-in GPS device with maps of cities in 3D." You can watch digital TV, record programs and make scheduled recordings, just like a personal DVR, which some people call PVRs actually. There's also a way to get recorded shows on larger TVs via an HDMI connection. And of course you can also use it to surf the Web with WiFi or 3.5G technology.
SlashGear on this hack to the Archos 5 in order to get the Google goodies we mentioned above, amongst other things. The good folks over at jkkmobile have posted a guide to install the Android Market onto the Archos 5 MID. So if you are feeling lucky, or want to get more juice out of your Archos 5, well, you already know what to do. But remember, that if you decide to do any hacking to any of your devices, you do so at your own risk.
CNET isn’t sure if the device is up to its peers.