Acer, one of the world’s largest PC maker, has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for its Tegra 2 packing Iconia Tab A500. Acer had initially stated that it will start rolling out the ICS update for the A500 28th April, but it looks like someone inside the company plugged the plug on the update a couple of days early.
The ICS update bumps the Android version to 4.0.3, and not Android 4.0.4, so technically Iconia A500 users will still not be running the latest version of Ice Cream Sandwich.
Reports from A500 users over at XDA forums suggest that the ICS update is still not yet available for the “Gen2″ variant of the handset. Also, if you own the A501 variant of the Iconia Tab instead of the A500 variant, there is some bad news for you. Acer does not plan on updating the A501 variant to Ice Cream Sandwich. The A501 variant of the Iconia Tab is sold by AT&T in the United States, and is also available in Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Latin America.
It is surprising to see that small tablet makers like Asus, Sony and Acer have already updated their tablet to Ice Cream Sandwich, while there is still no ICS in sight for Samsung’s popular Galaxy Tab series.
Via – XDA
Yesterday, Acer launched the Acer Iconia Tab A500 and the Iconia Tab W500 in India. The Acer Iconia Tab A500 is an Android tablet which runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset and comes with 16 GB internal storage. It has a dual core 1 GHz processor with 1 GB RAM, and sports a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It also has a 5 MP camera as well as a secondary 2 MP camera.
It is the first Honeycomb tablet which has been officially launched in India. It has excellent hardware specs, and is priced slightly lower than the iPad 2, at Rs 27,990 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi version. A 3G/LTE version is expected soon.
It also launched the Acer Iconia Tab W500 yesterday. It is a Windows 7 tablet with a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display and a display resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It is powered by a AMD C-50 dual core processor clocked at 1 GHz and comes with 2 GB DDR3 RAM. It also offers 32 GB internal storage, and doubles up as a laptop, when used with the keyboard dock. It has been priced at Rs 32,499.
Along with the Acer Iconia Tab A500 and W500, Acer also launched the Iconia Smart A300 Android smartphone, Iconia Tab A100 7 inch Android tablet and the dual screen Iconia notebook. The pricing details of these three haven’t been announced yet.
Acer announced the Iconia Tab A500 Android tablet back at CES 2011. It is one of the two Android tablets by Acer which will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the other one being the Acer Iconia Tab A100, which has a 7 inch display.
Today, Acer announced that it will be launching the Acer Iconia Tab A500 on April 24, for $450. It is priced very competitively and comes with a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It comes with a dual core Nvidia Tegra 250 Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1 GHz and 1 GB RAM.
It has 16 GB internal storage and comes with a 5 MP camera as well as a 2 MP secondary camera for video calls. It can play 1080p videos with ease and also supports HDMI out.
It is powered by a pair of 3260 mAh batteries which can provide 8 hours of HD video playback or 10 hours of Wi-Fi usage. It comes with the latest version of the Android OS – Android 3.0 Honeycomb – which is meant specifically for tablets.
It weighs only 1.69 pounds and has dimensions of 10.24 x 6.97 x 0.52 inches. You can pre-order it at Best Buy right away.
Staying connected and entertained are firmly embedded as a part of our everyday lives and the Acer Iconia Tab A500 does this and so much more in a performance-minded, sleek and stylish design,said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president of product marketing, Acer America, in the press release. This tablet absolutely delivers on the expectation that customers can be entertained, stay in touch with family, friends, colleagues and social networks, as well as keep up on the world around them in a way that is intuitive and fluid, and also incredibly enjoyable.