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Archos 5 Internet Tablet gets Android 1.6 Donut with firmware v1.6.08 [Update: it’s been pulled]

Archos 5 Internet Tablet gets Android 1.6 Donut with firmware v1.6.08 [Update: it’s been pulled]

Archos have released a new firmware update for the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, v1.6.08, and the key change is the introduction of Android 1.6 "Donut".  With the new version of the OS comes the quick-search box for the MID/PMP's homescreen, improved power management, native WVGA display support and VPN functionality; Archos have also tweaked media handling, so that the Archos 5 Internet Tablet better supports H.264 SD and HD videos.

Update: Strangely, all mention of the update - including the firmware itself - has been pulled from Archos' site.

Archos 9 dumps Win7 for Google Chromium OS

Archos 9 dumps Win7 for Google Chromium OS

Windows 7 Starter Edition wouldn't be our first choice of OS for the Archos 9 PC Tablet - after all, it lacks the handwriting functionality you'll find in other versions - but at least it recognizes the touchscreen.  Steve from UMPC Portal decided to load up Chromium OS on his Archos 9 (which we saw unboxed yesterday) but the end result is less than usable: since Chromium doesn't recognize the touchscreen, nor have an on-screen keyboard, you'll basically be stuck looking at the login page.

Archos 5 MID mod adds Android Market, Gmail, Maps, more

Archos 5 MID mod adds Android Market, Gmail, Maps, more

Despite the recent firmware update, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet is still left without access to the Android Market, and despite Archos' attempts to encourage development of device-specific apps for their own AppLib download store, the range of titles is still small.  Happily wherever there's a problem, there's usually a hack to address it, and so jkkmobile has outlined a guide to installing the Android Market - and some other things - onto the Archos 5 MID.

Archos 9 PC Tablet delayed: preorders ship December, retail release in 2010

Archos 9 PC Tablet delayed: preorders ship December, retail release in 2010

Remember Archos' triumphant announcement last month that the Archos 9 PC Tablet was finally arriving on store shelves?  Well, that joy looks to have been seriously premature; while the Archos 9 may have gone up for order on October 22nd - priced at £449.99 ($748) or thereabouts - it's not expected to ship for another few weeks at least.  UMPC Portal spoke to Archos themselves, who revealed that Archos 9 pre-orders won't actually ship until early December.  It's even worse news if you're waiting to pick one up at a nearby retail store.

Archos 5 Internet Tablet gets firmware update; Mini Dock demo [Video]

Archos 5 Internet Tablet gets firmware update; Mini Dock demo [Video]

It's been a rainstorm of Archos 5 Internet Tablet newness over at UMPC Portal today, with our friend Steve Paine taking delivery not only of the Archos 5 Mini Dock but the latest firmware which has also released today, v1.3.07.  Together they've taken the Android-based Archos 5 even closer into MID status: USB host support means that you can plug a full-sized keyboard and mouse into the Mini Dock's USB port, while the new firmware now supports full-screen YouTube HD playback together with outputting that content, via HDMI, onto your TV.

Video demo after the cut

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Archos 9 PC Tablet suffers FCC teardown

Archos 9 PC Tablet suffers FCC teardown

You can usually rely on the FCC to provide not only pre-announcement shots of upcoming gadgets, but internal images that give modders a good idea of how the final device might be tweaked into something far more useful.  The Archos 9 PC Tablet has already been well fondled in real life - we grabbed one back in September - but thanks to the FCC we now have some teardown shots to counter the glossy exterior images.

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