ViewSonic ViewPad 10 finally gets updated from Android 1.6 to 2.2

ViewSonic ViewPad 10 finally gets updated from Android 1.6 to 2.2
ViewSonic ViewPad 10 finally gets updated from Android 1.6 to 2.2
Users of the dual-boot 10.1-inch tablet can now update to Android 2.2 via a USB boot drive

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ViewSonic is proving that it’s better late than never by upgrading its Android 1.6-equipped ViewPad 10 tablet to Android 2.2.

The more up to date Android Froyo is expected to greatly enhance the usability of the ViewPad 10, including a faster browser, better energy management, voice search, and wider app support in the Android Market. Unfortunately, according to Electronista, Flash 10.2 support could be missing in the update for the tablet.

Oddly enough, ViewSonic requires users to follow specific instructions in order to update their tablets. A simple OTA or computer sync update will not do, as the upgrade will require the use of a USB boot drive, a USB keyboard, and some messing around with the actual tablet. The full instructions can be viewed in the PDF file here.

In a report a couple of months ago, we complained about the fact that the 10.1-inch ViewPad 10 launched with the dreadfully outdated Android 1.6 software, so the Froyo compatibility should be a relief for all owners of the tablet. The ViewPad 10 is a unique dual-boot Android and Windows 7 tablet with a single-core Pine Trail Atom 1.66GHz CPU, 2GB DDR3 RAM, and up to 32GB SSD. Of course, the Intel processor will prevent this tablet from updating any further to Android 3.0, but that could all change later this year. The ViewPad 10 is available now starting at $599.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-05- 4 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.