Older Acer Iconia devices won’t see Jelly Bean

by: Andrew GrushOctober 4, 2012

Acer Iconia Jelly Bean Update

Waiting for your older Acer Iconia to make the jump from Android 4.0 ICS to Jelly Bean? Today isn’t your lucky day. According to Italian website NotebookItalia, an Acer UK representative has already stated that several older Iconia devices will not get an official upgrade to Android 4.1. The models that won’t see Jelly Bean include the A100, A200 and A500.

Why no Acer Iconia Jelly Bean update for older dual-core Iconia Tabs? Your guess is as good as ours. Previously there were reports that a Jelly Bean port was already in testing phases for some of the older model Iconia devices. It is possible that Acer ran into issues with getting Jelly Bean to perform on these products.  No matter what the reason is for the lack of an upgrade path, this is disappointing news for dual-core Iconia users everywhere.

The good news is that ROMs already exist to unofficially bring Jelly Bean to these older models. Unfortunately, many of these attempts aren’t quite functional enough to be used as daily drivers. I wouldn’t worry too much. If a fully-functioning Jelly Bean experience on older Iconia tablets is possible, you can bet that the XDA Developers will eventually deliver.

As a proud Acer Iconia Tab A100 owner, I’m right there with the rest of the somewhat disappointed Iconia fans. I guess all that is left now is to wait patiently for a working ROM.

Has anyone used the custom Jelly Bean ROMs for older Iconia devices? What was your experience like?

  • CaH9

    I hate you Acer :(

  • This is lame! These devices are more than capable of running JB. If they can run ICS, they can run JB without a problem. What a shame. Bad choice Acer.

  • was-an-acer-fan

    Screw you Acer. I bought the A500 less than
    a year ago and already you are (obviously) considering it obsolete. Don’t count
    on me as a future customer.

  • chenga

    Listen Acer, because of your “Stupid” move, I will NOT buy another Acer device anymore. I will also tell all of my friends about your move and advise them NOT to buy computing devices from a vendor who do not horner the support of their own products. Think again the effect of your move…Acer!

  • Time to take a look at the new Samsung range, too bad Acer can’t keep up.

  • commonsense

    Not true!!!!!!! No one known right now if a100,a200,a500 will get jelly bean!!!! Its in testing stages and No one knows if it coming out for a100,a200,a500 Acer said their testing JB on all their tablet and most likely to come out for all their tablets !!!!!!!!!!! End of story !!!!!!!!!!!!!liers

  • g

    What a PR nightmare Acer has created-great way to alienate users-not the way to keep a loyal fan base-will they ever learn?