With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out for a while now, it’s only natural to expect the market’s major players to announce their upgrading plans. And while the first such signals have been quite shy, with only HTC and Asus making their voices heard, the past week or so has been much more spirited.
Sony let us down by announcing that 2011 Xperia phones won’t be getting JB, while Toshiba and surprisingly Intel raised our spirits by making opposite announcements. Samsung is yet to unveil its Android 4.1 plans, but rumors state that their JB upgrades for the Galaxy S3 and S2 are quite advanced.
Now Acer seems to have been joining the party, at least if we are to trust [...]
With Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich being rolled out for Acer Iconia Tab A500 and A100 this week, Acer has taken the initiative to release an app that will make the upgrade process faster and a tad easier for Acer owners.
The Iconia Tab Update Enhancement app, which you can download on Acer’s website and Google Play, is designed to make sure that the experience of downloading and installing the Ice Cream Sandwich update for your tablets will run as smooth as possible. Fun as it is to frantically check for the update manually through the system’s settings, you’ll have a better chance of getting the ICS update faster via the app. However, do note that it is only [...]
What good is a touchscreen if it doesn’t get used every single chance it gets? A few developers have been aspiring to fully utilize touchscreens and the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is one of the lucky few tablets that gets a touch-enabled custom recovery. You won’t need to fiddle with buttons anymore to navigate your way around the functions. We’re talking about a fully touch-based user interface. Need to make a Nandroid backup or wipe your cache? No problem. Simply tap on the screen to do what you need to.
Thanks to drellisidee, member of the XDA-Developers forum, a touch-enabled Amon Ra recovery was developed from the Amon Ra recovery source. For users who [...]
Acer did not make much noise in the smartphones market, but it did make some waves in the tablets market, especially with the Acer Iconia Tab A500. If you are thinking of upgrading your Iconia Tab A500 to Ice Cream Sandwich, you might want to hold off first and instead check out the latest version of Honeycomb for the Iconia Tab A500.
XDA Developer member germsa has created an Android 3.2.1 Honeycomb build for the Iconia Tab A500. The build is from Acer’s latest update released in the first week of January.
The ROM has two versions: a non-rooted, full stock version (which you need to root separately) and a pre-rooted version (with busybox). The two [...]
Acer America announced today that the “4G”-enabled model of the Acer Iconia Tab A500 will be available to U.S. customers through retail and channel partners starting this September 18. The tablet carries radios compatible with AT&T’s HSPA+ network. Acer has announced that the AT&T variant will be called the Acer Iconia Tab A501.
Acer’s press release mentions a suggested retail price of US$500 (for the 16-GB model and USD$550 for the 32-GB model) for the Honeycomb tablet. However, Engadget reports that AT&T will only be selling the 16-GB model for US$330 with two-year contract or US$480 with no contract.
Apart from HSPA+ connectivity, [...]
Gateway is now in the tablet game and just started shipping its first Android tablet. Named the Gateway TP Series A60, observant buyers would be able to recognize that the tablet isn’t a new entry to the market. If you look at the specs closely, the A60 seems to be a rebranded version of the Acer Iconia Tab A500. This should be no surprise. After all, Gateway is now fully owned by Acer and it would be beneficial to the Taiwanese manufacturer to have another outlet for its product.
The A60 boasts a 10.1-inch touchscreen display with 1280 x 800 resolution and runs on a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core CPU. This is backed by 1GB of RAM, which should be sufficient enough for [...]
I remember when the sweetest version of Android–Android 3.0 Honeycomb–was first released months ago, enthusiasts went crazy and were dying to have their own fill of Honeycomb.
It was still Android 3.0 back then, but it was already oozing with awesome features. The most recent version of Honeycomb is 3.2, which can tell you a lot about bleeding-edge features for tablets.
Some tablets have the misfortune of being loaded only with an earlier version of Android (e.g., Froyo and Gingerbread), while some newer tablets are blessed with Honeycomb. Among the Honeycomb tablets, most are still stuck with version 3.0. But, luckily for the Acer Iconia Tab A500, Android [...]