Good news for Archos G9 tablets’ owners. The manufacturer has officially announced that have started pushing out the most awaited Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich OS update for their Archos 101 G9 and Archos 80 G9 tablets. The update is rolling out through the over-the-air (OTA) upgrade process. Along with the Android 4.0.3 ICS goodies, the new firmware update is also bringing a set of notable tweaks and new features for both tablets.
Here is the full changelog of the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich OS update for Archos G9 tablets:
# Now you can easily manage the running tasks, notifications, applications and web browser with a swipe of the finger.
# Improved web browsing experience letting you save your favorite web pages and read them offline.
# Addition of the new application drawer to give you more options with a simple click and drag.
# Now you can easily customize the app placement and quickly access app information by dragging the app to the top of the screen.
# Now you can easily create groups for their apps and shortcuts. You can also build custom folders for increased accessibility.
# Improved voice to text input.
# Improved text input and spell-checking. So, no need to worry about misspelling a word. You can easily locate and correct any spelling errors.
# Addition of the new camera capabilities to let you take full panoramic pictures with a single motion. You can also add fun effects to videos as they shoot, by choosing from different effects such as big eyes, or big mouth.
# Rich and Resizable widgets. You can easily resize widgets to increase content shown.
# Addition of the new Gallery app providing for instant editing to let you remove red eye or add a distinctive documentary look.
# Addition of the “People” app to let you stay up to date in your social world.
# A notification will be displayed when file copy continues in background
# Addition of the new option to prevent indexing of some storage/sdcard folders by multimedia library.
# Video conferencing support in Google Talk and Skype.
# A samba server is now activated on the tablet when using USB network tethering for easier file transfer on non Windows based hosts.
# Addition of the new USB network tether widget.
# Xbox gamepad support.
# Integrate Music control panel in Lock Screen.
# Wireless content sharing between your device and any computer or DNLA compatible TV’
# Full 1080p support for most video codecs, movies and TV shows description and subtitles automatic download.
# Ethernet USB dongle support and the ARCHOS remote control application that allows your tablet to be controlled by any Android device.
# You can disable system notifications in video player.
# Support for MKV3D on TV with automatic switch to best 3D mode.
# You can now edit the name used for performing the Movie and TVShow online search.
That’s a big list of changes. eh?
When the new update is available in your region, a notification will appear as the letter “A”. Then you can select the notification to start the downloading progress OTA update and after finishing the downloading process, select “Yes” button to install it when prompted and follow the on-screen instructions to finish the Android 4.0.3 ICS OS upgrading process on your Archos G9 tablet. If teh update fails to hit your tablet, you can also also force the update by heading over to Menu –> Settings
–> About Device –> Firmware Update and then follow the instructions.
How To Manually Download Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich Update On Archos 101 G9 and 80 G9 Tablets
Download Android 4.0.3 ICS Firmware Update File (hit the link) from Archos website and install it on your device.
# Download “firmware_archos_it4.aos” file from the above link, which is weighing 186MB of size.
# Connect the Archos G9 tablet to your PCS machine using an USB cable and select "Mount" on your Archos device and wait a few seconds for the ARCHOS to be detected by PC as a ‘Hard Drive’ in Windows Explorer.
# Open this Hard Drive and you will see the various Archos folders inside. Now, copy and paste the downloaded update file (.aos file) into this area. Don’t paste it into any of the Archos folders.
# Disconnect the Archos G9 tablet from the PC and it will automatically recognize the update and it will ask you to install it. Accept it follow the on-screen instructions to finish the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich OS upgrading process successfully.