Archos 101 G9 and 80 G9 tablets get updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Before Samsung. Before HTC. Before LG. Before Motorola.

Archos has just released the Android 4.0.3 update for the 80 G9 and 101 G9 tablets, which were launched last year running Android 3.2 Honeycomb. If you own one of Archos’ G9 tablets, this is a happy day for you. And even if you don’t, the French company deserves some credit as it’s one of the first in the world to push out an ICS update to its devices.

The update is version 4.0.4 (but that’s Archos firmware version, the Android version is 4.0.3) and aside from the all-new ICS bits and pieces, it also comes with a few Archos-specific goodies. The full change log is here. A quick look reveals improvements to the video player, music player, file manager, video conferencing, USB file transfers, and external keyboard use. A new USB network tether widget is available, and Xbox gamepads are now supported accessories.

The update should arrive over-the-air. If so, you’ll download and install it straight on your tablet. If, however, you haven’t yet received the notification (and aren’t able to access the update even by going to Settings > About device > Firmware update), you can sideload the update file via your PC. The full instructions are here, provided by Archos. Just remember that the update file should be placed in the root of your storage space, and not into a folder, and you’ll be good to go.

Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola, and others – your move.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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