It launched its latest quad-core A1000G model earlier this month and has now released a new MeLE A1000G firmware upgrade to v1.2.5.
According to androidpc.es, the new firmware removes the Android Deskbar and uses a new full-screen app launcher.
The firmware now includes root access and there is said to be improvement in hardware accelerated video playback through apps like the popular MX Player media player from Google Play. It also includes a new on-board firmware updater that won’t require PC downloads and installations, being done as an OTA (over-the-air) update in the future. We’ll wait to see how well that performs.
The MeLE A1000G firmware is available online from here (use Google Chrome to translate), including instructions on how to flash the firmware to the A1000G.
The A1000G is powered by Allwinner’s popular quad-core A31 SoC CPU with built-in PowerVR SGX544 MP2 graphics GPU. That’s accompanied by 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB of on-board flash storage.
It’s one of the more unusual media players in that includes both HDMI and VGA, enabling you to use older monitors that may not have digital video input. It also sports three USB2.0 ports plus SD card reader as well as a SATA2 port for up to 2TB worth of hard drive storage.
The unit is also equipped with RJ45 Ethernet connector and on-board Wi-Fi wireless networking through its 802.11b/g/n standards support.
While primarily meant for TV/video use, the PowerVR SGX544 MP2 graphics core is also a popular choice for Android gaming amongst users, with more speed than some other solutions available at the moment.
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