Looks like we have some bad news for Iconia A100, Acer A200 and Acer A500 owners. An Acer spokesperson has just confirmed that a Jelly Bean update will not becoming to either of these 3 devices. While the A100 and A500 are already over a year old, the A200 was only just launched earlier this year, thus it’s quite disappointing that these devices won’t officially see anything past Ice Cream Sandwich.
Will this announcement by Acer make you guys who own these devices to root them?
Acer subsidiary Gateway started shipping a rebranded Acer Iconia Tab A500 as the Gateway TP Series A60. It’s priced at 399 CAD ($404) and is available at Future Shop now.
The specs are essentially the same: Android 3.1 Honeycomb, 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) screen, NVIDIA Tegra 2, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 5MP rear camera, and 2MP front camera.
For the short term, the Acer Iconia is probably the better alternative since it’s scheduled to receive the Android 3.2 update on September 10th, and it probably won’t include this look-a-like.
[via future shop]
A friend of mine has the Iconia A500 and loves it. As a Xoom owner, I have to say that the larger bezel and full size usb of the Iconia are functional attractors, but he’s always had to look on enviously at my up to date Honeycomb. Acer told us the Iconia would receive Honeycomb 3.2 by August 25th, but they only pushed out a GPS fix. Buddy if you’re reading this perhaps you feel a bit downtrodden right now. Well I have news for you! Look forward to September 10th. Acer posted this on their Malaysia Facebook page:
Dear fans, we sincerely apologize for the delayed release of the 3.2 update for Acer Iconia Tab A500. We’ve just received news today that there have been some issues with the GPS settings therefore the 3.2 update will be rescheduled to 10th of September. We will update again if earlier, we hope to provide all our end users a stable and problem-free OS. Thanks for your continuous support and understanding.
There you have it. At least Acer is committed to a release without bugs.
The Acre Iconia Tab A500 running Android 3.0 was slated to be receiving an update to Android 3.1 down the road here, but it seems it made its way to China before anywhere else. We all know what happens when updates get released…they get shared! Now, owners of the Acer Iconia Tab can download and install the Android 3.1 update right from XDA-Developers link below. The update will be a manual one, so you’ll need to download the ‘update.zip’ and put it on the root of your tabs internal storage to install from there by rebooting into recovery and installing from SD. Always a good idea to backup your OS first in the event something goes wrong. better to be safe than sorry. Happy updating!
[via engadget, xda-developers]