Archos Updates All Their Tablets to Android 2.2

Archos has managed to update their whole range of Internet tablets (all 5 of them) to the latest Android 2.2 version of the operating system, just before Gingerbread (Android OS 2.3)  is announced. While not super speedy, I still think it’s pretty fast considering other manufacturers like Samsung still haven’t updated some of their Galaxy S phones.  Perhaps in the future, they’ll be able to make their update process even faster if they keep the stock Android version, especially when the tablet-ready Honeycomb is out.

Here is the full list of changes the company says are coming to all their tablets:

  • Higher performance: just in time compiler (JIT) technology makes applications run up to 5 times faster than previous Android “Eclair” 2.1 firmware
  • Enhanced Microsoft Exchange support: it is now possible to synchronize contacts and calendar events
  • Allows more 3rd party applications by installing them on the storage card memory (for applications that supports it)
  • Video: movie information and cover retrieval in video file info dialog
  • 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
  • Battery: more accurate battery charge estimation
  • Audio: improved compatibility with android audio stream volume management (voice/music/ringtone etc.)
  • Orientation: fixed compatibility issue with some applications working with inverted accelerometer axis

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