No, Archos isn’t upgrading the Archos 5 Internet Tablet from Android 1.6 to Android 2.1 or 2.2 yet. If you want a newer operating system, it looks like you might be better off purchasing one of the five new tablets Archos just introduced. But the company is offering a software update for the Archos 5 which adds a couple of nifty features, including:
- OpenGL 3D hardware acceleration and support for new 3D games
- The ability to run some apps in full screen mode (hiding the notification bar)
- ThinkFree Office 2.0 for viewing, editing, or creating office docs
- Better memory management
I’m pretty sure the OpenGL support as actually added in an update this summer, but the latest Archos 5 firmware update was released on September 13th and lists 3D hardware acceleration as one of the new features. The Archos 5 Internet Tablet OS v2.0.38 is available as a free download.