Latest Archos 5 Internet Tablet Firmware Update Brings Paid Apps


Before I get into the meat of this post, I feel it’s necessary to state this disclaimer: this isn’t a 2.1 update. Having saved myself from being pitched to the wolves, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet seems to have gotten a firmware update last week that passed right by us. Among the list of fixes are Wi-Fi connectivity improvements and improved USB stability.


This has several fixes:(from the Firmware Changelog)
Version 1.7.99 – April 21st, 2010

Wi-Fi: fix disconnection occurring on some devices after a few minutes of web browsing.
Wi-Fi: correct speed is now reported in Settings
USB: fix crash sometimes happening when connecting USB in MTP mode
USB: fix Archos Multimedia Center not working during USBNET connection
Video: disable resume and bookmark features when video file is not in the “Video” directory
Tethering: re-enable user/password functionality
FM radio: Add button to force speaker output

Beyond the routine changes, though, they seem to have also silently enabled the Market to show paid apps. I took my own peek into the thread and this doesn’t seem like a mistake: the market allows you go through the entire process – Google Checkout and all – to purchase, download, install, and even refund apps. If you have an Archos 5 tablet but couldn’t buy any of the paid items you wanted, then you need to get this update now.

[Archos Fans via Liliputing]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. so it has google apps now or you still have to do the market ‘hack’ ?

  2. Yes,this is great
    I’ve this for a while and again is great just wish I could tether through ad-hoc with my mytouch!!!! × _ ×

  3. Yes, I noticed this myself while searching the Market… I haven’t found any apps to buy yet, but very cool. Funny enough I installed CoPilot GPS in the round-about manner days before this update was released… I could have saved myself the bother had I known paid Market would be enabled, haha! Now I only wish I could get a refund for the worthless GPS drivel known as nDrive, ugh. And CoPilot was cheaper!

    Now if I could Bluetooth tether my A5IT to my computer (not my phone!) for Internet connectivity, or have ad-hoc WiFi capability, I would be in heaven! These are two products I would definitely be willing to pay for!

  4. So it does or does not come natively with market now?? Does it need the hack?

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