Android Market and Root for Archos Gen 8 Devices

archos root market2 Android Market and Root for Archos Gen 8 Devices

Archos’ current range of Android players/tablets sure are some of the best bang for the buck at the moment. If one wishes connectivity on the go, the Archos 28 to 101 deliver rather high quality hardware (not the screens but the innards), for a price that isn’t much higher than Chinese off-brand devices.

There’s two things however that are obvious drawbacks with the Archos Internet Tablets. The minor issue is a lack of root user access (same as most other Android devices), the major flaw is that they have no Android Market support.

While the advantage of Market access is pretty obvious – can’t have Angry Birds or similar vitally important apps without it – having a root user on an Archos is nice to have, but probably not quite as essential. There are two ways of gaining root on an Archos – one involves installing Archos’ SDE and voids your warranty; the other one is an easy single-ish-click affair, perfectly safe and reversible. It’s called Archangel (here’s the direct link to the newest Archangel version).

While the system still stays read-only with Archangel, contrary to the SDE/custom kernel rooting method, there are still some wonderful things one can do with it. Some examples include moving the Linux swap file from the player’s internal memory to the SD card or disabling it entirely, supposedly prolonging the life of the memory since it doesn’t get bombarded with random R/W access. Another application (which might be morally debatable) is loading a hosts file at startup that blocks ads – in any browser and the embedded ones in applications.

Thanks to these kind hackers, both Market and root access can be added easily, as linked above.  Thanks as well to the XDA Developers forum for hosting all this knowledge that makes life just a bit easier.




5 Comments

tds01 on February 17, 2011 1:33 PM

Sweetness!!! Thanks, again.

SoulSyde on February 17, 2011 7:27 PM

Great stuff Martin! “gApps4Archos.apk” proved to be a good resource for “full” Market access, but full rooting is likely on my immediate horizon. I was able to download the Sirius/XM radio app on my A70. I just wish the damn program would work.

David on February 18, 2011 3:40 AM

Ive bought Archos Gen 8 and I really excited with its apps, now its time to add Market and Root :D

tds01 on February 18, 2011 3:53 AM

I now have the market on my archos 70, and all my purchased games & apps – thanks to this great info!!! Sweetness!!!

George on February 26, 2011 7:49 PM

Sorry, but why would someone want Root access? I ask in earnestness, because I’m in the market for a new MP3 player after my Archos 605 died.

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