iPad Rival Alert : Archos Confirms Ice Cream Sandwich For G9 Tablets In Q1 2012

Archos has confirmed that its newly released Archos G9 tablets will receive Android 4.0 AKA Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest update of Google's mobile platform.

According to a press release from the French device maker, all G9 tablets will come with ICS in the first quarter of 2012 with its founder and CEO, Henri Crohas, adding that the company will unveil major innovations for different market segments in the first half of next year.

A video of the tablet running ICS emerged a few days ago, and Archos' announcement could mean that it may well be the first tablet to receive the OS ahead of other bigger names.

Launched back in June 2011, the Archos G9 - both in its 8-inch and 10-inch versions - comes with a dual core TI OMAP4440 processor clocked at 1.5GHz with USB and HDMI ports, Android 3.1 Honeycomb, a front facing HD camera, GPS, an optional plug-in 3G dongle and a kick out stand.

The bigger tablet comes with a 1280x800 pixel screen, while the smaller one has a 1024x768 pixel one which is equivalent to the Apple iPad 2.

The tablet is the only one on the market to come with a hard disk drive or flash storage, although the HDD version is both significantly thicker and heavier than comparable tablets.