One of the biggest gripes about the Android-based Archos 5 tablet is the hoops one must jump to install apps. With no official Android Market support, crafty users are forced to hack their tablets or side-load apps. That’s not the easiest thing to do when there are nearly 50,000 apps out there. A known workaround called Market4Archos allowed users to access free applications in the market. Paid apps, however, were left in the dust. Until a recent firmware update that is.
I don’t know why, but suddenly I’m getting paid-for apps listed under Android Market after the update. Cool!
Users with firmware version 1.7.99 have been reporting that paid apps are showing up in the Android Market. Be advised, you must still have a hacked Archos 5 to get to these applications. The firmware doesn’t simply add the Android Market to the device.