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?
Not to be outdone by Google and Asus, Acer has now officially joined the 7-inch tablet party by releasing the Iconia A110 in the UK. Boasting specs very similar to that of the Nexus 7, it seems like Acer’s offering may hold its own in the hot 7-inch tablet market. There’s no doubt that it’ll be tough to grab a decent size of the market share without offering something better or different. However, there isn’t much not to like about Acer’s offering. In fact, it does offer a couple of things that a certain other 7-inch tables doesn’t. The specs on the Iconia A110 are as follows:
- quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB of storage of internal storage (expandable via SD slot)
- 7″ display
- HDMI output
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Decent specs indeed, and all that for £179. Some folks may particularly like the expandable storage and HDMI out. Ebuyer is claiming to be the first UK retailer to offer this excellent option in the 7-inch tablet market, and at the time of this writing is showing as in stock. If you pick this tablet up, let us know how you like it.
Acer has just unveiled the Iconia Tab A110, a 7-inch Android-powered tablet that will serve as a direct competitor to Google’s Nexus 7. The device sports the same quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor as the Nexus 7, though Acer has gone a bit further and added additional features like a MicroSD slot and MicroHDMI port. The best part? The A110 will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board.
These enhancements may make the A110 more appealing to some customers than Google’s offering. Pricing and availability remain a mystery, though the company previously said the tablet would be aimed at the sub-$200 range. Either way, we’re told to expect a full-scale launch in the coming weeks. Catch the full presser after the break.
Earlier today, it was reported that Acer’s CloudMobile A800 had been canceled because its Aliyun OS wasn’t compatible with the Android ecosystem. Acer made it made it known that Google had “expressed concerns” about the device’s launch, though several important details that could potentially explain the reasoning behind the decision were lacking. To clear up the issue, the Mountain View search giant has issued an official statement.
“Compatibility is at the heart of the Android ecosystem and ensures a consistent experience for developers, manufacturers and consumers. Non-compatible versions of Android, like Aliyun, weaken the ecosystem. All members of the Open Handset Alliance have committed to building one Android platform and to not ship non-compatible Android devices. This does not however, keep OHA members from participating in competing ecosystems.”
While the words above provide some insight as to why the device’s launch was indefinitely delayed, exact specifics regarding the way in which the Aliyun OS utilizes Android features is still unclear. Alibaba, the internet company collaborating with Acer on the phone, insists that the “Aliyun OS is built on open-source Linux and is not part of the Android ecosystem.” However, because Acer is a member of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), the company is required to follow Google’s orders. For comparison, a company like Amazon isn’t required to cooperate with Google. It doesn’t have to follow the guidelines of the OHA, which means its Kindle Fire tablets aren’t subject to the same treatment.
Source: The Verge
Is Google playing the role of a big bully? That’s what Chinese internet company Alibaba is claiming. As the Chinese alternative to Google grows and exerts influence on the mobile world (well, in China at least), Alibaba is not being shy about providing a better mobile user experience than Android does. Well, its confidence and bold goals is already affecting the creation and production of the smartphones in a big way. Alibaba alleges that Acer recently cancelled the CloudMobile A800 smartphone due to Google threats of revoking Acer’s Android license for its products. The key feature of the CloudMobile A800 is it operates on Alibaba’s Aliyun operating system— which happens to be a direct competitor of the Android OS. Here’s Alibaba releasing a blunt statement regarding its touted Aliyun OS, compared to Android:
“We believe that by introducing the Aliyun OS we are giving consumers and hardware makers more options which is the foundation of a healthy and strong market. We think that it should be left to the market to decide”.
Google presumably has the top market share in the Chinese market, but it certainly is troubling to hear allegations from competing brands claiming Google is trying to more or less have a monopoly. After all, there are other brands vying for world takeover and all, so if this is true— Google must tread careful water on future Android partners deciding to create for other mobile operating systems. Let’s see if Google and/or Acer has a response for the claims made by Alibaba.
source: The Next Web
As we reported last week when images from Acer’s web site leaked out, the company has a pair of mid-level smartphones ready for release as they continue to expand their portfolio of devices. It is not clear whether the leak pushed Acer to go ahead and make an announcement, but they went ahead and issued a press release regarding the Liquid Gallant and the Liquid Gallant Duo. The mid-level smartphones will be available for viewing at IFA starting next week. In addition to running ICS, Acer has added a few software tweaks like a modified unlock screen, an improved notification area, and the devices will come pre-loaded with the Swype keyboard. The Liquid Gallant Duo is a dual-SIM phone.
Users who do not need top-of-the-line or bleeding edge phones may find one of these Acer units fit the bill. No details regarding pricing or availability have been released. Read the full press release after the break.
A manual posted on Acer’s website sheds some light on yet another Ice Cream Sandwich phone coming out from the company best known for their notebooks and tablets. Acer is definitely hitting the ground running in the mobile phone market with this latest evidence, this after the announcement of their other two phones, the Cloudmobile and Liquid Glow. A quick glance through the manual reveals the following specs:
- Android 4.0
- 1GHz MediaTek MT6575 single-core processor
- 1 GB RAM
- 4GB internal, microSD card slot
- 4.3″ qHD display
- 5MP rear camera with LED Flash
- 1500mAh removable battery
- 9.9mm thin
Obviously not too much to write home about on the specs front but this offering would suffice for a lot of users out there save for the ones that must be on the cutting edge of phone tech. It would also fill the requisite mid-level slot for Acer handsets fitting in between the Cloudmobile and the Liquid Glow. Visually it’s not a bad looking phone. It’s definitely taking some visual queues from the Galaxy Nexus with not having the hard, capacitive buttons found on most devices these days. Also it appears to be running a stock version of Ice Cream Sandwich with the ice blue font in the status bar and icons on the desktop.
Obviously since this is just a manual, there is no talk of release date, markets, or pricing. However, given the specs, we can probably expect the price to come in the $225-$250 range, SIM free.
Earlier this year, Acer unveiled their CloudMobile Smartphone. Now, the phone is finally up for pre-orders starting today over in the UK. Expansys, the popular mobile online retailer, is offering the Cloudmobile SIM-free and unlocked for £284.99 ($447.21). The price definitely isn’t too bad for what you’re getting:
- Android 4.0
- On-screen buttons
- 720p 4.3-inch display
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM and 8GB on board storage
- 8MP rear shooter with LED flash
For those that decide to jump on this pre-order, you can expect Expansys to begin shipping the device on September 5th.
With Google’s entry into the 7-inch tablet market via the Google Nexus 7, it seems everyone is wanting to get a piece of that market share. This is good for customers as Google is helping to drive the price down for the devices and at the same time ramp up the hardware that is provided. Case in point is the forthcoming Acer Iconia Tab A110. When we reported on its expected release, it appeared the tablet would be available with Ice Cream Sandwich. ICS is no longer good enough given the new standard set by the Nexus 7. An apparent press shot of the new Acer tablet from the Ebuyer web site shows the device running Jelly Bean.
Assuming the photo is accurate and the Iconia Tab A110 is shipped with Jelly Bean, it would seem manufacturers may be feeling the pressure to install the latest Android version even on smaller tablets in the sub-$200 market. However, having established the market, Google may find itself quickly playing catch up. As we have noted in the past, the Nexus 7 has a glaring weakness in the lack of a microSD card slot. The Acer Iconia Tab A110 does include a microSD slot. That small variance in hardware could translate into a big advantage for Acer in competing with Google. The combination of hardware, storage expansion, and now Jelly Bean could make the Acer Iconia Tab A110 just right for someone looking at this form factor, but put off by Google’s lack of storage space.
I really like devices that are somewhat powerful yet affordable because they attract consumers on a budget. With the Acer Liquid Gallant Duo, you get just that. This device is sporting Ice Cream Sandwhich, a 1GHz Dual Core Processor, 5 Megapixel Camera with LED Flash and is also rocking Dual Sim. You will be able to pick it up in either white or black for just under $185 (£150)
I have to admit, when I hear about Acer devices, I kinda turn up my nose and you might be right there with me. After all, their releases haven’t exactly been stellar to date. Maybe we should give them a chance. Who knows, this could this be Acers ‘Diamond in the Ruff’ Only time will tell! Hit the break for full specs of the Liquid Gallant Duo.