The ViewSonic ViewPad 10, a device that could appropriately be labeled as both a Windows and an Android tablet, is getting a major OS upgrade as it tries to catch up with the times.
The ViewPad 10 has a unique dual-boot ability, allowing a user to start the device using either Windows 7 or Android, depending on their preference. Prior to this update, however, if a ViewPad 10 owner were to decide to boot up their tablet as an Android device, they’d be booting into the dated 1.6 version of the OS.
An upgrade to Android 2.2 (Froyo) makes for a more respectable computing experience for ViewPad owners; however it’s still a bit short of the Android 3.0 standard that is found on many of today’s tablets.
Future models of the ViewPad 10 will come with Android 2.2 installed, while units already in circulation require a bit of work to receive the update. Users will have to manually download a file, create a bootable USB drive, put the file on this drive and use this to install the update.
All of this will catch the ViewPad 10 up to its little sister, the ViewSonic ViewPad 7, which debuted with Android 2.2.
The ViewPad 10 originally debuted at MWC in February, and is one of the only devices currently on the market that so fully supports the use of two operating systems.
Source: The Inquirer