Ice Cream Sandwich Previewed on the Archos G9by Vivek Gowri on December 12, 2011 6:30 AM EST
When we posted about the launch of the Archos G9 Turbo, we mentioned that Archos was aiming for a Q1 2012 release date for the G9's Ice Cream Sandwich update. Since then, Archos showed off a preview of the update, with an unfinished build of Android 4.0.1 running on the OMAP4-based G9. It's worth noting here that OMAP4 was the launch platform silicon for Ice Cream Sandwich, underpinning the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, so it should be relatively easy to port it to the G9. Given that, it's easy to believe that Archos will hit its release target.
The preview build shown off in the video appears to be pretty far along, with the OS seeming like it works quite well for an early build. Scrolling and animations look relatively smooth, and hardware acceleration is supported at least in part. Features that still need to be completed include support for GPU-accelerated video decode, support for Samba and UPnP, support for the external 3G module, as well as the rest of the optimizations that Archos provides on its devices.
Source: Archos, ARMDevices