Denver – Android 4.0 updates for tablets continue to
roll out with the announcement by Archos that an over-the-air upgrade to
Android 4.0 is available for its G9 series tablets.
The Google-certified 8- and
10.1-inch G9 Turbo tablets are available
in 16GB flash-memory and 250GB hard-drive versions.
Earlier this week, Verizon Wireless announced that
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Tab 7.7 tablets and Motorola Xyboard 10.1 and 8.2
tablets would get the update later this year. Motorola’s
Xoom tablet is already getting the update.
4.0, the converged OS for Android smartphones and tablets, delivers faster web
browsing, easier multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens,
resizable widgets, and improved social media integration, the company said. It
also features improved text input and spell checking, voice input, and a
redesigned Gallery app with photo editor.
Archos’s Turbo models
feature 1080p video-file storage and playback, capacitive touchscreens, mini
HDMI output with HDCP copy protection, GPS, 720p webcam, USB slave and host
ports, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and ability to accept a planned U.S.-market
3G/4G-equipped USB modem that accepts SIM cards and fits flush in a slot on the
tablets’ back side. They also come with Microsoft UPnP to stream audio and video from a
Windows PC. The 10.1-inch Turbo features 1280×800 screen, and the 8-inch model
features 1024×768 resolution.