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Firmware 2.1.03 released

Posted by Charbax on 27th January 2011

Firmware changes

  • Video: fix some audio glitches after seeking WMA files
  • Video: add support for MTS files
  • Video: bring UTF-8 and UTF-16 encoded subtitles format support
  • Video: fix SUB subtitles sometimes truncated
  • Video: add IDX/SUB subtitle handling
  • Video: fix http://.*mpeg playback
  • Video: support resume and bookmark for network shares
  • Video: fix some FLV files not playing
  • Youtube: fix mobile site video not playing
  • Multimedia: fix RTSP support for Android applications
  • Multimedia: fix some web radio applications by adding basic M3U support
  • Audio: apply shorter steps in audio balance tuning
  • Audio: fix sound glitch on system notification while playing music
  • Music browser: fix album view crash on scroll with a lot of albums
  • Music: support samba protected directory access
  • Thumbnails: resolve thumbs generation freeze
  • Indexing: improve rescan robustness
  • Indexing: fix scanning not restarting after connecting device on PC or ejecting SDCard
  • Network shares: large files (>2GB) can now be played
  • Wi-Fi: fix disabling power saving not working
  • Wi-Fi: enable IEEE802.11n support
  • Wi-Fi: achieve faster reconnection
  • SDCard: fix sdcard removal not being taken into account
  • Storage: enable EXT3 filesystem support and migration
  • USB keyboard: fix external directional keys layout when rotating the device
  • Memory: enable 32MB swap by default and increase it to 64MB after Android reset or full device reformat
  • Applications: fix applications disappearing sometimes between reboots
  • Applications: fix unit not responsive after Google voicesearch use
  • Power management: allow to define deep sleep mode by default in settings/about device/power management
  • VPN: PPTP VPN support has been fixed

You can discuss this firmware update in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=47190

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Archos 70 Internet Tablet for $1 in Switzerland

Posted by Charbax on 20th January 2011

Now it comes for 1 Swiss Franc for users who sign up for 2-year Fixed Telephone and ADSL line with http://sunrise.ch one of the top Swiss carriers, providers of ADSL and fixed telephony.

The subscription plan is 79 swiss francs (= 61€) per month for 15mbit/1mbit ADSL and Fixed line with unlimited calls to Fixed numbers included and also a SIM card for unlimited mobile calls using any mobile phone to other users on the same network. That contract would be for 2 years. Their argument is that ADSL cost and that fixed line costs about the same at competitors or provide actually less bandwidth at that price and here, they offer in the Archos for free.

Expect more and more carriers around the world will approach Archos to provide the Archos Tablets for free when consumers signup new contracts on mobile phone, ADSL or other services. Eventually this may also allow Archos to provide a version with built-in 3G so the carriers can even more easily provide data services directly in the tablet.

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This is why Archos is the Best

Posted by Charbax on 20th January 2011

At Dixons at the Copenhagen Airport:

Archos 70 Internet Tablet is 1894 kroners (= 254€)

Samsung Galaxy Tab is 5979 kroners (= 802€)

They told me at the store, everyone who goes by wants to buy the Archos 70 Internet Tablet and not the Samsung Tab, and Dixons have a really hard time keeping enough stocks in the store, they are all getting sold out very quickly but they just got a new batch few days ago and have them in stock. This is so much of an impulse purchase at airports, I think airlines make deals with Archos and should sell the Archos in the airplane directly (tax free), pre-loaded with a bunch of movies and a movie subscription plan of some kind, 2 or 3 months would be included as trial, like some kind of international Netflix.

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Archos 101 Home Tablet at CES 2011

Posted by Charbax on 7th January 2011

Rockchip RK29xx ARM Cortex-A8 based 10.1″ capacitive Android 2.3 Gingerbread tablet. It may cost something like $199 or $249 at retail, price is to be confirmed by Archos once this product is ready to be released. Release depends approximately on Rockchip being able to mass manufacture and deliver their new RK2918 ARM Cortex-A8 high performance yet affordable processor. Rockchip may not deliver RK29 before after March or so, see my other video specifically about Rockchip: http://armdevices.net/2011/01/07/rockchip-presents-rk2818-and-rk29xx-series-processors-at-ces-2011/

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