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How to Update the Archos 80 and 101 G9 with Official ICS Android 4.0.4 Firmware

Great news guys, as Archos released the new ICS Android 4.0.4 OS update for its 80 and 101 G9 tablets. We first heard about this in January this year, when rumors stated that the official ICS firmware will be provided somewhere in February. But, here we are now, a month later then speculated, with the desired software in our hands.

During this tutorial I will show you and hopefully manage to learn you how to manually install the official ICS Android 4.0.4 firmware on your Archos 80/101 tablet. You can also make this update by “air” but why to wait? The operation explained here can be completed in only a couple of minutes; you just have to follow a few steps, which are detailed during the following lines.

The Archos 80 and 101 G9 tablets are on the market since last year, its specs including an 8 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display (for the 80 one) / a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display. Both are being available with a choice of a 1 GHz or 1.2 GHz dual core CPU for $300 and up. Currently, the tablets are featuring the Honeycomb operating system. But starting from now, these capabilities can be improved and optimized thanks to this Android 4.0.4 update.

The ICS firmware will add new features into the system; for the full list of them check the image from below:

Being the official version of the Android OS, you will not void the Archos warranty after installing the software. But if the tablet was previously rooted then, once the update installed you will have to root it again by following a tutorial designed to work for the ICS platform.

Now regarding to the present guide, I recommend you to read all the lines from it in order to avoid the unpleasant situations. You have all the information needed detailed and explained so everybody can understand what to do and what files to download in order to make things work as it should. But first you have to make some preparations.

During the procedure you need to have access to a Windows / Linux / MAC running computer, to your Archos 80/101 tablet and to its USB cord. Furthermore, the PC and the tablets must be prepared as in the following:

  • When you decide to perform an OS update you can lose your data. This means that you can lose important personal info. So, you must consider in backing up the tablets data, messages, emails, contacts, saves, or apps. There are many ways in which you can backup a device, but you can always use the tools available on Google Play.
  • The battery power should be more than 60%. If lower you must charge it.
  • Deactivate the security, Firewall, tools from the computer and from the tablets. These programs will not let you apply the firmware.
  • Enable the USB debugging in your Archos 80/101 G9. This can be done by following: “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”. The USB debugging can be enabled only when the tablet is disconnected from the computer.

Finally you can start the proper steps. Read carefully and do all explained in the tutorial.

How to Update the Archos 80 and 101 G9 with Official ICS Android 4.0.4 Firmware

  • As stated above you can make the update automatically too. For this go to “Menu -> Settings -> About Device -> Firmware Update”. If there are any updates available select them and follow the on screen instructions.

Now for the manual method follow:

  1. First go and download the Archos AOS Extension Package from here and place it to your computer. This is actually the ICS software.
  2. Connect the tablet with the PC by using the USB cord.
  3. Choose “Mount” in the option that appears on the tablet display.
  4. Then, copy the file downloaded in step 1 on your device (remember where you put it).
  5. Disconnect the Archos 80/101 G9 from the computer by removing the USB cable.
  6. Now, the device will “invite” you to install the update.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  8. That’s all.

This is the fastest method to perform when you want to update the Archos 80 and 101 G9 tablets with the official ICS Android 4.0.4 firmware. Being the official variant of the software, there shouldn’t be any issues, but if not, share the problems and we will help you out.