Archos G9 tablet lineup not getting Jelly Bean

February 27, 2013
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Archos has come forward with a bit of disappointing news for owners of the G9 tablets. Basically, you will not be getting Jelly Bean. While we are certain that at least some of the current owners will be disappointed by this news, take some comfort in the fact that Archos did update from Honeycomb. Basically, the Archos G9 tablet line includes the 80 and the 101 and as it stands, you will be sticking with Ice Cream Sandwich.

The details have been posted on the official Archos Facebook page and note that they will not release an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Archos has said that this decision came after "many months of analysis and testing" and due to the fact that the G9 lineup includes "multiple hardware configurations." They did however go on to try and make this lack of an update sound good.

Archos made it clear that the G9 tablets has received updates. In fact, they have released "15 firmware updates taking it across many versions of Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich." As for those who feel they must have Jelly Bean, there are a few options available. There are unofficial builds available from CyanogenMod and Paranoid Android. These include CyanogenMod 10.1 and ParanoidAndroid AOSPA 4.2.2.

In other words, Jelly Bean will run on the G9 tablets, however it seems Archos has decided to focus on some of the newer models. The company has announced plenty of newer tablets lately including the Platinum and Titanium lines. For those wondering about the G9 tablets, those were first introduced in the autumn of 2011.

[via ArcTablet]


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  • Ilan

    The G9 is a cheap tablet, replaced mine with Nexus 7. The G9 was bad enough with ICS, JB will probably make it worse.

    Avoid tablets that has a repair option in its settings.

  • Frans-Peter van der Leur

    Well, that is surprising!

  • Slate Kelley

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    • Electronic 101

      I have 2 Ainols aurora 2 & Tornado they both less than a year old, they are junk no customer support what so ever you can’t compare Archos to a chinese brand. the Aurora 2 has dead Pixels from day one, the battery indicator shows 100% at all time, and the HDMI never worked. So if you compare Archos to Ainol please don’t. I had charging issue with my Archos 80 G9 called the 800 # send it for repair they sent a new one and it was the turbo. The hardware on the Ainol may sound good but it is cheap Chinese quality. I rated Ainol 1 star on the Ainol web page twice never made it to the rating page, so don’t trust their rating page. The tornado was cheaper tablet but what you pay is what you get. Never again