Looks like Asus has some competition on the Ice Cream Sandwich update front. And it’s not one of the big guys in the Android world. It’s Archos. The company has told Android Police that all its G9 tablets will receive updates to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich during the first week of February.
That may even be sooner than Asus will manage to update its original Transformer tablet, and it will certainly be sooner than any other Android tablet maker will issue this update for any device. So kudos to Archos if this really happens.
The Archos 101 G9 and 80 G9 are two very interesting Android tablets launched last year running Android 3.2 Honeycomb. They’re Archos’ first devices to feature the Android Market, and they’re both very affordable, especially considering the specs (the only downside is having just 512 MB of RAM).
So if you own any of these tablets, get ready for a taste of ICS. New G9 tablets will start shipping with ICS preloaded a few weeks after the update becomes available, so if you buy one in February it will still probably come with Honeycomb. But the update to ICS should be there waiting for you when you power it up.