Although the Archos 5 Android runs the Google Android operating system, it has always been missing certain elements of the Android experience due to its nature as a tablet rather than a phone.
It has now emerged that some members of the ArchosFans.com community have made available a range of Google-specific features and applications that the Archos 5 Android didn’t have previously, including access to Android Marketplace, Gmail, Google Maps, and more. Users are required to have either of the latest firmware versions, 1.4.08 or 1.4.09, to install the apps.
Please note, however, that this is not an official release from Archos or Google and users install everything at their own risk. It is hoped that the full Google experience will be officially available when Archos releases the Android 2.0 update for the Archos 5 in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out the video below for a demonstration of the newly installed Google apps and head over to jkkmobile for instructions on how to install them yourself!