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 freeapplications in the market. Paid apps, however, were left in the dust. Until a recent firmwareupdate that is.
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.