21
Nov
1

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.

31
Oct
2012-10-31_10h50_59

Today, ARCHOS released details on its newest small form factor tablet, the 80 Cobalt. Clearly aimed at the lower end of the slate market, this device packs a 1.6Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage and a rather meager 1024x768 display. Fortunately, the device also includes the controversial as of late micro SD card slot.

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Here's the full list of specs you care about:

  • Dual core @ 1.6 GHz with Quad core GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8” 1024 x 768 display (4:3 aspect ratio)
  • 8 GB flash memory
  • 2MP rear camera
  • 0.3MP front camera
  • Micro SD slot (SDHC compatible) Up to 64 GB
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

To put it politely, the specs don't exactly overwhelm.

15
Oct
1

Back at the end of August, Archos announced an innovative new tablet called the GamePad. As its namesake suggests, it's built with gaming in mind - complete with on-board controls. In the announcement, Archos claimed the 7" device had "automatic gaming recognition and mapping tools" - the big question was, however, how's that going to work?

We now have a better idea of what to expect from the GamePad, as ArmDevices.net has gotten some hands-on time with the device.

10
Oct
1

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:

Version 4.0.24 - October 10th, 2012

  • Android: IceCream Sandwich 4.0.4 version
  • Media Center: network indexing on network shortcut menu (+), network shortcuts creation is proposed on network share directory long press
  • Media Center: new simplified Movie/TV Shows/All Video views
  • Media Center Video: new video information view with backdrop display and chooser (click on backdrop to change it)
  • Media Center Video: poster can be changed by clicking on it in the video Information view
  • Video Scraper: faster media information retrieval process.

29
Aug
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ARCHOS, in an announcement that ambitiously looks to "revolutionize" Android gaming, has just unveiled the GamePad – a 7-inch, dual-core gaming tablet with built in controls (including buttons, a d-pad, triggers, and analog sticks) that remind us a little bit of Sony's PSP.

The interesting bit about this tablet is that it includes "automatic game recognition and mapping tools" which ARCHOS promises will "ensure control compatibility with every advanced Android game."

Of course, one of the most important things about a mobile device meant to center around gaming is its spec sheet.

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.

22
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.

27
Jul
2012-07-27_15h27_58

I hate to be the Negative Nancy or the Debbie Downer here. Mostly because I hate those disgustingly cute terms for "pessimistic". However, the ARCHOS 97 Carbon tablet arrives at a particularly rough time. Today, ARCHOS' newest tablet is available via the company's web store. ARCHOS has a history of being the leader in inexpensive tablets. Unfortunately, with the advent of the Nexus 7, the competition just got a lot stiffer.

05
Jul
AndroidTM-4.0 ICS

Well, would you look at what the cat dragged in: ARCHOS, the now-infamous king of cheap Android tablets, has just announced a whole new line of low-end ICS slates - aka "ELEMENTS." Though the line will eventually feature 7", 8", and 9.7" devices, today's announcement was limited to the ARCHOS 97 Carbon, which (as its name suggests) is of the 9.7" variety.

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Before you get too excited, though, check out the rather extremely lackluster spec list:

  • 1GHz single-core ARM Cortex A8 processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 21.8 ounces
  • 0.45" thick
  • 9.7" IPS display
  • 16GB of internal flash memory
  • microSD card slot
  • Google app access, including the Play Store
  • Android 4.0

The device will go on sale later this July for $229.99 - $249.99.

19
Jun
25-Archos-G9

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:

Version 4.0.7 - June 19th, 2012

  • Applications: fix no audio when launching video capture impacting applications like Skype
  • Display: graphics performance enhancements
  • Hard drive based products: avoid potential loss of hard drive when 3G USB port is switched on with no peripheral attached
  • Wi-Fi: fix some more disconnect cases happening on some access points

Archos has been fairly consistent about updating the devices regularly - the last OTA update went out just over a month ago.

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