Archos Android tablets go Froyo in new update

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Archos’ Gen8 range of internet tablets will get a bit of boost today as a new update brings them all into the Android Froyo fold.

Owners of Archos 28, Archos 32, Archos 43, Archos 70 or Archos 101 tablets can upgrade from the Eclair 2.1 version of the OS by waiting for an over-the-air prompt from their devices, or download the upgrade here from the Archos download centre.

Key improvements are listed as:

– Higher performance: just in time compiler (JIT) technology makes applications run up to five times faster than previous Android “Eclair” 2.1 firmwares.

– Enhanced Microsoft Exchange support: it is now possible to synchronise contacts and calendar events.

– Allows you to install more 3rd party applications by installing them on the storage memory (for applications that support it)

– Video: movie information and cover retrieval in video file info dialogue.

– Multiple selection mode is now always enabled in the file manager.

– External Bluetooth GPS receivers are now supported.

– Better assistance is provided in the tethering wizard to pair with cell phone using bluetooth DUN profile (smart APN detection).

– OpenVPN is now supported.

– Slideshow support for network shares has been added to gallery and photoframe applications.

– Photoframe: full screen picture can now be displayed on double tap when in floating image mode.

– Manual white balance setting has been added in camera application.

– Faster USB write transfer.

– More accurate battery charge estimation

– Audio: improved compatibility with android audio stream volume management.

– Orientation: fixed compatibility issue with some applications working with inverted accelerometer axis.

No word on Flash support yet however on the devices, a Froyo standard, which suggests a conflict between Archos and Adobe, rather than a hardware issue. Play nicely together, for our sake, eh lads?

Gerald Lynch
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