25
Feb
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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.

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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

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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.
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Dec
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If you have a 101 XS from Archos, it's time to furiously start hitting the "check updates" button, as the company just began pushing Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) to the device. This bumps the tablet up to version 4.1.0, and brings a couple other enhancements along for the ride, as well:

  • Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 firmware release
  • Archos Video: major upgrade with simplified video information retrieval and media indexing, new network shares infrastructure
  • Archos applications: future updates of Archos Video, Music, File Manager, System Monitor applications (embedded in the firmware) will be carried out through Google Play

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So there you go - if Jelly Bean is what you've been feening for, the wait is over.

21
Nov
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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.

80/101 G9 Changelog

Version 4.0.26 - November 21th, 2012

  • Media libraries: fix crash during indexing caused by music that has metadata year that evaluates to 0
  • Media libraries: add notification indicating scanning is in process
  • Display: better detect screen resolution on HDMI output for some DVI monitors
  • Settings: display correct application size in the Settings->Applications->Running apps
  • Video: fix playback for some VOB files
  • Audio: fix sound glitches on various applications that are constantly changing sample rate
  • Hard drive based products: restore fast boot on hard drive based devices
  • Hard drive based products: fix loss of hard drive or 3G USB port after suspend happening sometimes

101XS Changelog

Version 4.0.26 - November 21th, 2012

  • Media libraries: fix crash during indexing caused by music that has metadata year that evaluates to 0
  • Media libraries: add notification indicating scanning is in process
  • Display: better detect screen resolution on HDMI output for some DVI monitors
  • Settings: display correct application size in the Settings->Applications->Running apps
  • Video: fix playback for some VOB files
  • Audio: fix sound glitches on various applications that are constantly changing sample rate
  • Keyboards: layout corrections for various languages such as Arabic Turkish Cyrillic German Hebrew Spanish

The update should be available now, so jump into the Settings menu to see if it's available on your device.

27
Aug
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"Unique" is the name of the game with the Archos 101 XS. Just about every design decision goes against the status quo. Most tablets are made out of aluminum or plastic, but Archos went with stainless steel and a plastic rim. It's a tablet-laptop hybrid, but there's no hinge, everything is held together with a kickstand and some magnets. The included keyboard dock also doubles as a magnetic cover. At a time when some Android OEMs are accused found guilty of doing little more than firing up a photocopier, some out-of-the-box thinking is very much appreciated.

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Aug
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Way back in March of '12, we heard that ARCHOS would be releasing a new line of thin, keyboard-packing tablets. The first of those rumored devices has now emerged as the 101 XS, and it actually looks pretty neat.

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The device itself is a fairly typical 10" tablet: 1.5GHz dual-core OMAP 4470, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, Android 4.0 (4.1 OTA update is expected to roll out in "Q4 2012"). What makes this device unique(ish), however, is its magnetic keyboard dock, which ARCHOS has named the Coverboard.

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