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.

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