A5a_firm_1 For those of you preoccupied with actually enjoying the use of your Archos 5 Android, yet still counting the days for the long-awaited Android 2.1 update, Archos did get you one step closer. Last week, they dropped the new 1.7.95 firmware, which brings along a host of new goodies, including the ability to put the device into a "deep sleep" mode to preserve battery life and improved WiFi connectivity. In addition, there is now a retooled system monitor application that enables the ability to free up memory by closing all open apps with one click.

While the aforementioned upgrades are welcome, the very last line on the official changelog is the one that will excite many users, which is the support for the HDMI minidock accessory, still unavailable for purchase. So if losing the FM transmitter in the last firmware was a bummer, at least Archos is adding in a new feature that will make it easier to take advantage of the superior media support of the A5A, where it has a major advantage over other Android devices.

As Archos gets closer to releasing their new lower-cost tablet lineup in the near future, it's refreshing to see them continue to update the A5A. Follow past the break for the full firmware changelog and a few images of the new features.

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[Archos - 1.7.95 Firmware Download]