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Archos G9 tablets getting ICS update in Feb: hands-on photos

Archos has announced it’s G9 range of Android tablets will be getting an update to Ice Cream Sandwich in the first week February.

This is excellent news to Archos owners and should ensure they are among the first to try out the latest version of Google’s new Android operating system.

At CES Archos has been demonstrating Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich running on the Archos 101 G9, we’ve been trying it out and the results are pleasing.

When we first reviewed the Archos 101 G9 we weren’t very impressed. The 10.1-inch touchscreen wasn’t a patch on rivals (we could often see the lattice) but the main issue was the software. It was running Android 3.2 Honeycomb and was laggy and juddery, despite having a dual-core chip.

Pleasingly, the Ice Cream Sandwich update brings a much smoother user experience, thanks to increased hardware acceleration.

At around £269-£299 for the 16GB version, the Archos 101 G9 is one of the cheapest tablets around with some interesting features such as built-in USB dongle and extensive video and audio file support. Now thanks to Ice Cream Sandwich it’s even more appealing.

The update to ICS is due in the first week of February. We’ll bring you more news when we get it.

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