Archos G9 Gets a Bug Fixing Software Update; Fixes Bugs Introduced In ICS Update!

Remember the Archos G9 Ice Cream Sandwich update? Well, apparently the update while adding many new features and enhancements, also introduced some new bugs. Post the update, Archos G9 users faced Wi-Fi connection issues on their tablet, with the tablet refusing to connect to any Wi-Fi network or disconnecting frequently.

There were other issues as well, like the HDMI output not working properly, VPN connection failing and the touch screen not responding to multi-touches properly. The battery life of the tablet was also affected, because of the device not going into suspend mode properly once Bluetooth was enabled. Thankfully, Archos has been quick to react to the complaints of its users, and has released a new firmware update for its tablets that fixes the above issues. Below is the full change-log of the update -:

  • Wi-Fi: fix slow throughput and disconnections happening on some access points
  • HDMI: solve no sound or no video output issue on some TVs
  • Bluetooth: make sure Bluetooth does not prevent device suspend
  • VPN: fix VPN connection failing
  • Touchscreen: avoid loss of first finger touch while tapping with second finger
The update is already live, and Archos G9 owners can download the update manually by going to Settings -> About and then selecting the Software Updates option.

Archos Rolling Out Ice Cream Sandwich Update For G9 and G101 Tablets!

Archos is a relatively unknown company that manufactures some really decent, value for money, Android tablets. The company does not sell its tablet all over the world, which limits the reach and overall sales of the tablet. Anyways, the company has announced via its Facebook page that it has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for its G9 range of tablets including the Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9Classic and Turbo models.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the above tablets will bring with it quite a lot of new features including a new multi-tasking bar, an improved web browser, enhanced performance and stability, updated UI icons, new camera app, a new app drawer and launcher, improved voice to text output, and surprisingly the new People’s app. Considering the Archos tablet does not have any telephony features, I wonder why the Peoples app has been included.

The update is being rolled out via OTA, so users just need to connect their Archos tablet to a Wi-Fi network and they will be automatically informed about the update. It is really commendable to see a small company like Archos beating Samsung and Motorola in updating its Android tablets to the latest version of Archos!

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Archos G9 Tablets To Get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update

Archos, a company which among all other things also manufacturers Android tablets, has announced that it will be upgrading all the variants of its G9 tablet to Ice Cream Sandwich starting from the first week of February.

While the Archos G9 series of tablet are not really popular, they are still pretty good and decently priced. Forr the unknown, the G9 tablet is powered by a dual-core OMAP4 processor, packs 1GB of RAM, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU and come with either an 8-inch screen or a 10-inch one. The tablets are also available with either flash storage or a 250GB hard disk as well.

The usual connectivity features like Wi-Fi, GPS and sensors are also present. Also, unlike quite a few other Android tablets, the G9 series runs on stock Android 3.2 Honeycomb. All this, and the the prices of the tablet starts from a mere $299.

Now, that Archos has confirmed that it will be updating its tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich, it makes them more attractive for potential tablet buyers.

Archos Unveils the Archos 70b, Android Tablet for $199

While Apple continues to dominate the tablet market with the iPad, the success of the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet have proved that there is a huge market for inexpensive tablets. Since most Android device manufacturers cannot yet compete with the iPad at the same price point, most of them will probably launch inexpensive Android tablets targeted at budget conscious customers.

Apparently, Archos has bitten the bullet, and has announced a cheap new Android tablet already – the Archos 70b Internet Tablet.

Today, it announced the Archos 70b, which runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb, and comes with some good hardware specs. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM and offers 8 GB of internal storage. It sports a 7 inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, and is priced at just $199. It also offers full support for Android Market. It’s unlikely to receive an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich given Archos’ history, but it seems like a great deal for $199.

However, we should see many new budget Android tablets launching at CES 2012, so if you can wait, you probably should.

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Check out the official press release here: Archos 70b Internet Tablet

Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9 Android 3.1 Honeycomb Tablets Unveiled

We told you about the $99 Archos Arnova 7 Android tablet yesterday, but it seems Archos isn’t done yet. Today, it announced two more tablets – the Archos 80 G9 and the Archos 101 G9.

Both these tablets will run Android 3.1 Honeycomb and come with a 1.5 GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor, as well as a 250 GB hard drive by Seagate. The Archos 80 G9 will come with an 8 inch display, while the Archos 101 G9 will come with a 10.1 inch display. Unlike the Archos Arnova 7, both these tablets will come with access to Android Market.

The Archos 80 G9 will have a display resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels while the Archos 101 G9 will sport a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Archos has priced both tablets very competitively, with the Archos 80 G9 priced at $279 and the Archos 101 G9 priced at $349. Both the tablets support 1080p video playback and will come with 3G support.

The only concern is the presence of an HDD instead of an SSD, which are much faster and consume much less battery. Both the tablets will be available for purchase by the end of September.

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Archos Arnova 7: The $99 Android Tablet

The homepage for the Archos Arnova 7, a 7 inch Android tablet priced at just $99 has gone live. Details of the Archos Arnove 7 were first revealed through its FCC filing, but now we have some more scoop on the cheapest Android tablet.

The Archos Arnova 7 comes with a 7 inch resistive touchscreen display and has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It supports 720p video playback and comes with USB 2.0 and Wi-Fi connectivity.

It also has 4 GB internal storage, but we don’t know much about the processor or RAM. It will come with Android 2.2 Froyo, and I expect the developer support to be quite low, so don’t expect any unofficial ROM upgrades.

It won’t support the Android Market, but comes with AppsLib store support. At this price point, it is one of the cheapest Android tablets, and seems to be well worth the money.

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Archos Announces Archos 70 Internet Tablet With 250G HDD

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Archos recently announced the Android powered, Archos 70 tablet. It is the world’s first internet tablet with a 250GB HDD. This device comes with a 1 GHz processor, 7 inch TFT LCD display, Wifi Connectivity and more. Archos 70 will be displayed next week at CES 2011. Check out the complete specs below.

We are proud to be the first to release an android tablet that features a 250GB HDDsays Henri Crohas, CEO and Founder. We strive to be the leader in the Android and Windows based tablet market by creating award-winning innovative options at affordable prices.

Archos 70 Specifications:

  • 7 inch TFT LCD display
  • 1280 x 720 pixels resolution
  • 250GB HDD
  • 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor
  • Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Flash 10.1
  • HDMI output
  • HD (720p) video playback
  • Built-in web cam
  • Dimensions: 7.91×4.49×0.55 inches
  • Weight: 14 ounces

Archos 70 comes with a 3D animated photo frame with the ability to display pictures from Facebook, Flickr and Picassa directly through WiFi. It also allows you to play 3D games from your TV and use your tablet as the steering-wheel/control. The Archos 70 internet device is available for just $349.99.

Archos Internet Tablet Android 2.2 Update Rolling Out Now

The Internet tablet family from Archos has finally received their Android 2.2 update love. Besides the usual Froyo features, the updates brings many new other features and enhancements as well. Archos have also made sure to use the latest version of Froyo i.e. Android 2.2.1.

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Here is the full change-log :

o Higher performance: just in time compiler (JIT) technology makes applications run up to 5 times faster than previous Android “Éclair” 2.1 firmwares

o Enhanced Microsoft Exchange support: it is now possible to synchronize contacts and calendar events

o Allow to install more 3rd party applications by installing them on the storage memory (for applications that supports it)

o Video: movie information and cover retrieval in video file info dialog

o Multiple selection mode is now always enabled in the file manager

o External Bluetooth GPS receivers are now supported

o Better assistance is provided in the tethering wizard to pair with cell phone using Bluetooth DUN profile (smart APN detection)

o OpenVPN is now supported

o Slideshow support for network shares has been added to Gallery and Photoframe applications

o Photoframe: full screen picture can now be displayed on double tap when in floating image mode

o Manual white balance setting has been added in Camera application

o Faster USB write transfer

o Battery: more accurate battery charge estimation

o Audio: improved compatibility with android audio stream volume management (voice/music/ringtone etc.)

o Orientation: fixed compatibility issue with some applications working with inverted accelerometer axis

Archos Internet tablet owners can download the update from here. Hopefully, this update will help boost the sale of the Archos Internet tablet family.

Archos Unveils 5 New Android Tablets

Archos was one of the first manufacturers to release an Android tablet. Its first attempt wasn’t very impressive, but Archos isn’t backing down. It has announced 5 new Android PMP tablets with different specifications and price ranges. Here are the complete specifications of the 5 Android tablets by Archos.

Archos 28

This is the cheapest of the lot. It has a 2.8 inch resistive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. It has an 800 MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and comes with 4 GB internal memory. It is priced at $99.99 and runs Android 2.2 Froyo.

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Archos 32

This is the next tablet in the list. It has a 3.2 inch resistive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels. It has 8 GB internal memory and comes with a camera which can record 720p video. It is priced at $149.99 and runs Android 2.2 Froyo too.

Archos 32

Archos 43

The Archos 43 has a 4.3 inch resistive touchscreen display like the other two, but it has a 1 GHz ARM Cortex processor powering it. It will ship with Froyo too and comes with 720p video recording and an acclerometer. It comes with 8 GB internal memory and costs $199.99.

Archos 43

Archos 70

This is the standard sized 7 inch Android tablet you have been waiting for. It has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display and comes with a front facing VGA camera for video calls. It has USB connectivity and comes with HDMI out. It comes in two versions- 8 GB and 16 GB, priced at $274.99 for the 8 GB model and $349.99 for the 250 GB model.

Archos 70

Archos 101

This is the best Android tablet Archos has to offer; it has the same form factor as the iPad. It has a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display. It has a 1 GHz processor and HDMI out. It also offers USB and Bluetooth connectivity and comes with a front facing video camera. The 8 GB version is priced at $299.99 and the 16 GB version is priced at $349.99. Like all the other Android tablets, it runs Android 2.2 Froyo.

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Archos – List of Android Tablets