Archos may not be the biggest dog on the block, but it does do a good job of supporting the hardware it releases. It's currently sending OTA updates to its 80/101 G9 and the 101XD tablets, which mostly just bring some minor bug fixes to the devices.
For the 80/101 G9, build 4.0.28 mostly brings video tweaks, as well as one small touchscreen optimization:
HDMI: avoid interference of CEC detected as DPAD with some games such as Max Payne
Video: fix playback of some MP4 files
Video: fix aspect ratio on some H264 files
Touchscreen panel: ensure on some devices a proper wakeup when powering screen back on
The 101XS is being bumped to v4.1.2, which delivers some application enhancements, HDMI playback improvements, and a fix for the Google backup manager:
Archos applications: add Archos multimedia server back, update Archos Video, Music, File Manager, GamePad Mapping Tool to be in par with GooglePlay versions.
Archos is sending an OTA update to its 80/101 G9 and 101XS tablets right now that brings several enhancements to the devices, including some media and video playback features, improved display outputs, and more. The update for the 80/101 G9 also brings some fixes for units containing HDDs, and the 101XS is getting a device-specific tweak to the keyboard.
If you own either of Archos' G9 series tablets (the 80 or 101), then an OTA should be coming your way. The update brings version 4.0.24, and includes not only a bump up to Android 4.0.4, but several enhancements and fixes, most of which deal with the Media Center:
Owners of Archos' G9 series of tablets should be receiving an update today, bringing the software version of their devices to 4.0.7. The update contains mostly bug fixes, but also enhances graphics performance:
Archos may not make the most headlines for its series of mid-range tablets, but occasionally, one of them deserves a mention. The Archos 101 G9 is a strong contender for your money if you're on a tight budget. The savants among you may want to hold off for a Galaxy Note 10.1, or whatever Google is cooking up for its tablet line. Still, with prices starting at $270 for the 8" 8GB version to $330 for the 10" 8GB version, it's difficult to ignore. Oh, and did I mention it runs stock Ice Cream Sandwich?
Hardware And Build Quality
On the inside, the tablet isn't a beast, but it's no slouch either.
Those who have been waiting for ARCHOS' 1.5GHz variants of the G9 series of tablets are in luck – both tablets' "turbo versions" are now shipping from the manufacturer's web store.
For those who may not be familiar with ARCHOS' G9 series of tablets, here are the specs:
1024x768 8" or 1280x800 10.1" display
OMAP 4 dual-core processor at 1.5GHz
8GB flash memory or 250GB HDD (plus a microSD slot)
720p front-facing camera
1080p video playback
MicroUSB and Mini HDMI ports
With base prices of just $269 and $329 respectively, both G9 tablets make affordable, yet powerful options for those looking to get an Android-powered tablet. As an added bonus, ARCHOS is offering free shipping on both.
Looks like Ice Cream Sandwich update are going to start rolling out in force now. Just this morning we told you that HTC is pushing Android 4.0 to the Sensation/XE, and now Archos has announced that it will be making available ICS to its G9 tablets beginning today.
The update will be rolling out in typical OTA fashion to G9 owners across the globe. Aside from Android 4.0, Archos has also thrown a few changes of its own into the update, including the following:
Unique ARCHOS add-ons for Ice Cream Sandwich include full 1080p support for most video codecs, movies and TV shows description and subtitles automatic download, wireless content sharing between your device and any computer or DNLA compatible TV’ and 3D video support for MKV3D files.
Everyone loves free stuff. Hopefully, everyone loves (at at least somewhat likes) their valentine. Ergo, everyone loves to get free stuff for their valentine - especially if it's super-sick Android gear, right? If you answered yes to those questions, this giveaway is for you.
This one is going to work a little bit differently than previous giveaways. In fact, you won't be winning anything at all, per se. In honor of Valentine's day, love, and Cupid himself, this one is for your significant other/mate/lover/whatever you want to call them. So, you, the entrant, only get to win this one vicariously through your loved one.
Guess what - all of the G9 tablets are scheduled to receive ICS starting the first week of February (they did let everyone know it would happen "in the near future" a few days ago, but we were able to get the most up-to-date timeline today). If you happen to buy a unit before the end of February, chances are it'll still have Honeycomb on it (which you can then update immediately), but pre-updated G9s should trickle into the retail channels within a few weeks after the ICS release goes live.
Another day, another giveaway. Today, we're holding another one of our "lightning" giveaways, which will continue until tomorrow, December 18th at 11:59PM PST. For your consideration, we have two Archos tablets: the Archos 80 G9, and the 101 G9. Both come in the 8GB "Classic" trim and are equipped with TI OMAP4 1GHz dual-core processors, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, and allow for up to 7 hours of video playback. They're both equipped with kickstands as well, so there's no need to go buy a costly tablet folio to enjoy some hands-free video watching. We're giving away one of each model, brought to you by our friends at Archos.