Archos has issued another round of firmware updates for their mildly popular Archos G9 80 and 101 Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablets. the Archos G9 line might not be the best hardware around, or the nicest, but for a great price they are impressive tablets that run a pretty stock version of Android 4.0 ICS. More details on yesterdays update are available after the break.

The update started rolling out yesterday and will fix a slew of bug and performance should be steadily improved. According to the change log provided by Archos you can expect better WiFi, GPS improvements, as well as less random reboots. Here’s the full list of changes with the firmware update:

Version 4.0.6 – May 3rd, 2012

-Wi-Fi: fix more disconnect cases happening on some access points
-GPS: increase stability of GPS
-HDMI: do not propose overscan setting when TV supports underscan
-muSD: improve reliability of card insertion detection
-muSD: fix read/write permission issue occurring with some applications
-Applications: fix platform reboot occurring sometimes after a while when using high CPU demanding applications

As a reminder, version 4.0.6 is the internal build name from Archos themselves. This is not Android 4.0.6 folks, you’ll still be on Android 4.0.3 after updating to the latest firmware — confusing I know. Archos has stated that the new firmware is rolling out now for both the Archos G9 80 and larger 101 tablets and users should be getting it as we speak. Feel free to manually check for updates if you’d rather not wait, then report back in our comment section below with thoughts or if you see any new problems.

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  1. Hopefully we’ll also see a fix for the FroYo-bug on the first Archos tablets (that never saw any tablet software yet).

  2. will this update make skype video calls work? skype video didn’t work with 4.0.5 when installed from market/play

  3. GPS is now rock solid stable zero! No fix at all after an hour So far on 3 out of 4 devices (all 101 G9). Frustrating when you try to use the device as a navigation device.  

    • After a “Full reinitialization” everything seems to work fine. (Settings -> Repair & Formatting). I have not tried the less lethal reset options. “Full reinitialisation”  does not remove ICS (4.0.6) but it does clear all data and removes all downloaded applications. 

  4. GPS a no go! I had high hopes for a fix. maybe the next upgrade. Not sure why they acn’t get the GPS function to work? 


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