Earlier this month, CyanogenMod teased upcoming CM10 nightly builds for the Acer Iconia Tab A700. While it may have taken a bit longer than expected, the first nightly hit get.cm last night.


Of course, Acer started pushing its own brand of Jelly Bean to the A700 at the end of September, so the hi-res offering wasn't all that behind the times to begin with. The JB update seems to have brought some performance improvements to the device, as there's less stutter than on ICS. With that said, it's pretty clear that the GPU still struggles to keep up with all the pixels on the display.

Definition: A "nightly" is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day's worth of new code has been committed.

It could oftentimes be unstable and not properly tested, lacking any changelogs, but eventually evolving into alphas, betas, release candidates, and finally stable releases.

Given CM's noteworthy performance improvements on basically all devices, however, perhaps the team found a way to provide a little more smoothness and overall polish over Acer's stock offering. There's only one way to find out: hit the link and give it a flash. Don't forget to grab the appropriate GApps while you're at it.


Cameron Summerson
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  • Al McDowall

    Very tempted to try this out. Tried what was supposed to be a workable JB flash for the 701 but it sort of failed - ended up with a weird mix of ICS and JB, and a Play Store that died every four or five minutes. But, I have to say, the difference in performance was huge - especially noticeable with Google currents. I'll make a before and after video and pop it online.

    This is, of course, for the 700 so may be even less stable on the 701.....very tempted though. If I do have some success I'll report back :)

  • Al McDowall

    Flashed it to the 701 - obviously I won't have any phone functions, but it went on as easy as anything and on first boot it's looking pretty good. I'll have a play around and let you know what I think.

    First impressions are limited - I literally just finished and booted up. Performance is smooth, downloading a little slow (I noticed with the previous botched 4.1.1 that downloading was a lot quicker) however I am now running 4.1.2!!!!

    More soon...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Awesome. Definitely interested in hearing your thoughts.

  • Al McDowall

    Ok, so far:
    General UI - smooth as silk. No stutters, very fast. Couldn't be happier.

    Nova Launcher - as above, perfect.

    Play Store - UI is fast and fluid with some nice extra animations (perhaps this is the new Play Store). Downloading is hit and miss. Dolphin Browser is taking a long long time to download, Google Chrome came in very quickly. However...

    Google Chrome - Love chrome, but it's not performing well on this build. On the stock a701 it was...ok. On the botched 4.1.1 I had, it was smooth and fast. Here it is very clunky, hence checking out Dolphin.

    Google Currents - Wow. Seriously. I'll make a vid of it and upload it along with the vid of Currents on stock 4.0.4. Honestly, it's like night and day. Even faster and smoother than with the botched 4.1.1 and that was pretty good.

    Haven't checked camera (because I would use my phone, not my tablet) but I will. Will also throw some games on and see how they perform.

    Overall, I am delighted. This is a nightly, right? It's supposed to be rough around the edges? Well....consider me a CM convert.

    This is the way the tablet should have always performed. It's amazing.

    More tomorrow (it's nearly 1am for me here!)

  • Al McDowall

    LIttle bit more on this - still haven't had a lot of time to play around but noticed that 3D games (Shadowgun and Riptide) failed part way through playing. Also the tablet is running very hot, but that may be due to the games. Will carry on testing. This is still an early build, and it's on the wrong machine, so I'm not complaining at all!!

  • ntcongit

    Thanks pawitp for his amazing works on the original Galaxy S and the A700