Archos 5 gets Android 1.6 Donut update (again)

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Several weeks after Archos pulled the Android 1.6 Donut firmware for its 5 Internet Tablet because of a "last-minute major issue with the web browser," the company has released the update again for download from its website or directly onto the device. Now numbered version 1.7.33 (it was previously labeled 1.6.08), the new firmware fixes some lingering issues with media playback and network access but of course more importantly replaces the stale Cupcake (Android 1.5) with the much fresher Donut.

I applied the update to my own Archos 5 this morning and aside from the noted "quick search box, power control widget, battery usage indicator screen, WVGA screen native support, and VPN" improvements listed in the firmware changelog, I haven't noticed anything really significant yet, good or bad. The full Google Experience is still missing, though I've been hearing that the original hack still works.

In any case, I'm pleased that Archos is supporting its internet tablet so much and hope it's a trend that will continue with even more recent releases of Android.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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