Hardware manufacturer Acer is likely familiar to Android fans thanks to their tablet devices. Recently a new device appeared on GLBenchmark indicating Acer is planning to get into the smartphone market. Dubbed the V350, the device is powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor running at 1.5GHz and has a 720p screen, although there is no indication what the screen size will be. Other details like the amount of memory is still unknown, but the unit submitted to GLBenchmark was running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Acer submitted another model earlier this week, the V360, but the V350 appears to be the higher end unit, projected to end up somewhere in the mid to upper-tier of the market.
Looking for a 7 inch tablet? Yesterday a great deal popped up for the ASUS Nexus 7, and today we’ve got a big discount for you on the Acer Iconia tablet. Walmart Canada has the 7 inch, Tegra 3 powered A110 tablet for only $178. That’s a great deal considering it comes with a few things that the Nexus 7 lacks, such as the MicroSD card slot and an HDMI out. It’s running Android 4.1 and has 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a 1024×600 display, and a 3420mAh battery, all for less than $200. Who’s picking one of these up?
According to a leak from the GL Benchmark database, it looks like Acer is working on the successor to the Iconia Tab A210. The model revealed in the benchmark, the A220, will be powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocking in a 1.3GHz. Granted, it’s a bit lower by today’s standards, but this may be a move to squeeze more battery life out of the device. It also looks like the device will run Android 4.1.2. Since it’s only a benchmark leak, we obviously can’t tell much more other than what was revealed in the actual benchmark, but we’ll let you know as we learn more.
source: GL Benchmark
With the Nexus 7 enjoying tremendous success, Acer is looking to crash the party with a 7-inch tab of their own. The Iconia Tab 110 is already available in the UK, but will finally makes its way to the U.S. and Canada on October 30 for $229. This one will compete directly with the Nexus 7 and it has its pluses and minus. On the plus side, it has a microSD slot for expanded storage as well as a MicroHDMI slot to connect to your HDTV. On the minus side, it’s display comes in at 1024 x 600, which isn’t as good as the Nexus 7’s 1280 x 800. The rest of the specs line up with the Nexus 7, which include a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, 2MP front-facing camera, Bluetooth 3.0, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The new 32GB version of the Nexus 7 will cost roughly $249 so it really comes down to what features are most important to you.
Full press release after the break:
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. Read more