Android tablet maker Archos has released a firmware update which upgrades the Android 2.1 operating system (OS) on early models of Archos Internet Tablets to Android 2.2 Froyo.
News of the Android Froyo upgrade will be eagerly received by early adopters of Archos’ latest range of Android-powered Internet Tablets, since – as Which? found in its First Look video review of the Android 101 Internet Tablet – the Android 2.1 operating system that shipped on early models is not compatible with Flash.
However, although Archos Internet Tablets will be Flash compatible after the Android Froyo upgrade, the Archos website states that the firmware update does not include the Flash plugin. According to Archos, this will not be available until after the Adobe certification process for distribution of the plugin is completed.
Android Froyo enhances tablet performance
As well as compatibility with Flash 10.1, without which it isn’t possible to watch many online videos – Archos says that the upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo will bring tablet owners extra improvements including:
- Improved performance: Archos says applications will run up to five times faster thanks to the Just In Time compiler (JIT technology).
- Better Microsoft Exchange support: it is now possible to synchronize contacts and calendar events.
- The ability to install more 3rd party applications by installing them on the internal memory.
Other perks of the upgrade include support for external Bluetooth GPS receivers and faster USB write transfer.
The firmware upgrade is available from the Archos website for Archos Internet Tablets 28, 32, 43, 70 and 101.
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