Mar 02 AT 3:27 PM Edgar Cervantes 20 Comments

Archos G9 tablets to receive Android 4.0 upgrade within two weeks; add ChildPad for $129


Archos announcements are not usually very eventful, but they do have some good options for affordability-minded customers. The company has just announced a new tablet aimed at kids and will be upgrading G9 tablets to Android 4.0′s Ice Cream Sandwich.

Archos had a bit of a delay with its Android 4.0 upgrade for the G9 tablets. The upgrade was supposed to come during the beginning of February. This time, they’re reassuring us that the update is coming within the next couple weeks. If you purchased one of these dual-core Honeycomb devices, you should stay tuned for that OTA update, as it should be coming sooner than later.

On a related note, Archos has just announced another affordable device. The Archos ChildPad is geared for kiddos. It sports a 1 GHz CPU and 1 GB of RAM, but the real incentive is that it is set to launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. All this is packed in a 7-inch form-factor.

Not only does it run Android 4.0, but its specs are very surprising for the price. The ChildPad will retail for only $129, which should make it much more enticing to purchase a tablet for the kids. It also comes pre-loaded with fun games and educational apps, as well as parental control features.

Parental Controls are powered by Editions Profil, which is said to be the “most efficient parental control software in worldwide benchmarks.” So you can be sure your kids won’t be accessing naughty apps and websites.

It’s good to see lower-end devices coming with Android’s latest software. Some other manufacturers should take note, as many of us adults are still waiting on updates. Seems our kids just might beat us to it.

Show Press Release
ARCHOS Announces the Child Pad, a 7” ICS Kid-Friendly Tablet

The new Child Pad will provide kid’s a safe, fun, full tablet experience at $129

Denver, CO — March 01, 2012 — ARCHOS, an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, announced today a themed 7” Androidâ„¢ tablet for children, called the Child Pad. The 7’’ Child Pad features a compact light weight design, the latest Android version, 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”, a 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. The Child Pad will be available at the end of March for $129 SRP.

“As a pioneer in the portable audio and Androidâ„¢ tablet market we realize the importance of providing a tablet that can offer hours of entertainment for all ages, especially kids”, says Henri Crohas, Founder and CEO. “ARCHOS strives to offer great tablets with only the best of features at affordable prices and we expect this tablet to bring a smile to the faces of kids and parents’ everywhere.”

Key Features & Benefits
Kid friendly features of the Child Pad include access to the Kids App Store powered by AppsLib which is filtered down to 14-friendly categories and 10,000 apps including games, entertainment, communication, multimedia, books, comics, sports and more.

In addition, ARCHOS has created a kid-friendly user interface with colored icons, home screen folders with direct access to games, entertainment, learning and puzzles and the top 28 kids’ apps pre-loaded including Angry Birds, Pig Rush and Flight Frenzy.

ARCHOS has also designed the Child Pad to comply with both CIPA and COPPA regulations, ensuring a safe tablet environment for kids and peace of mind for parents. The parental controls and safe web browsing is powered by Editions Profil, whose “Mobile Parental Filter” is ranked as the most efficient parental control software in worldwide benchmarks.

Availability & Price
The Child Pad will be available in stores starting the end of March with the recommended retail price of $129.


Archos, pioneer in the portable audio and video player market, and now specializing in Android tablets, has repeatedly revolutionized the market for consumer electronics since 1988. Today, ARCHOS offers Android Tablets, Tablet PCs and MP3/MP4 players. In 2000, ARCHOS launched the Jukebox 6000, the first MP3 player combined with a hard disk. Then in 2003 ARCHOS introduced the first portable multimedia players with TV recording. In 2006 Wi-Fi is implemented and then touch screens in 2007. In 2008, Archos launched the first generation Internet Tablets, and then the first ever Android powered tablets in 2009. ARCHOS has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. ARCHOS is quoted on Compartment B of Eurolist, Euronext Paris, ISIN Code FR0000182479. Website:

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  • fletchtb

    Cool! Kids needs more tablets!

  • Bryan Stoner

    Pretty impressed! A 1GHz CPU is more than enough to have a solid android experience! This would be great for kids who get a little rough with their toys. Nice Archos, nice~ XD

  • jaxidian

    Whoa, a $130 ICS tablet! That’s pretty great! This by no means is powerhouse beast but it is 1) Probably GREAT for kids! and 2) some people will be buying it for non-kid use at 130 bucks!

    Does anybody know what CPU is in this? Is this a *good* 1GHz chip or one of the crappy Chinese chips in the unbranded tablets that you can buy for cheap on eBay?

    • Dirge

      It’s probably a chip they’ve used in the past.

      • Bryan Stoner

        I’ve actually never thought of a recycling plan for parts. But damn, that’s a really good idea.

  • Dirge

    The ChildPad could prove to be a valuable asset in a child’s education. I approve. :D

  • Joel

    Ive never seen this device before in my life – But I do admit the concept is a good one and the pricing is good too, thumbs up Archos.

  • thekaz

    wow. that’s a pretty sweet price for a kid-friendly tablet. my 4 year old son loves monkey pre-school lunchbox and his monster truck game.. I think the wife would approve of some nice learn to read/learn to write type apps for this.. I may be able to sell her on this one :)

  • inviolable

    lol childpad

  • comandantecee

    Shit for $130 bills and it comes with ICS I’d buy it.

    • CactusCat

      Yeah, and you could take out your pocketknife and scratch off the Ch and the ld leaving you with an i Pad…

      Man, I don’t even know why I said that….

      • Olliedcy

        Now that suggestion should win you Something! It has to be the best play on words I’ve seen in a while. But what generation would it be? iOooooh…s#%t, dropped it in the tub again, maybe?

  • F.P. van der Leur

    Archos never updates their products, people with the first Archos tablets are still stuck with Android 2.2; ICS will look goof now, but will also be outdated next year. You will never see Jelly beans on this device. I would not recommend it to friends or family.

  • steve adams

    I am typing this on a 80 g9, I am totally getting the childpad for my son. I’m hoping that ics will fix the little things that bug me with this tablet.

  • oddball

    Archos makes decent hardware at their price point and whether they update them beyond ICS or not this is a good deal for what you get. As many of us will never see ICS on 8-12 month old phones I don’t see a “jelly bean” update as a reason to make a hardware decision.

  • bellken

    for 129, its worth a look, I look forward to seeing some reviews on this.

  • spazby

    Kidpads are in fashion

  • txbluesman

    Wish that would have been out at Christmas time. Would have saved me $70 on that Kindle Fire with no Ice Cream Sandwich! Damn!!!!! Lol.

  • Ashley Salazar

    Surprising Archos can do an update but LG can’t…….. #smh

  • honourbound68

    Sweet! My kids prefer my evo view to my ipad2. Wanted to get the Memo and give the kids the view. Might get 2 childpads instead if the view gets ICS