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Acer's Iconia Tab A500 Getting A Taste Of Ice Cream Sandwich Two Days Ahead Of Schedule

It looks like owners of Acer's Iconia Tab A500 have something to be excited about today – according to various reports, an official update to Ice Cream Sandwich has begun rolling out. Users began reporting the update just this afternoon, indicating that Acer is pushing ICS to A500 owners a full two days ahead of the official start date.

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Photo courtesy of XDA user indukwe

You may remember that the A100 also saw an early update to ICS, with rollout beginning three days ahead of schedule.

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[Updated: Mexico/Brazil Added] Acer Clarifies A100 And A500 ICS Update Date - Starting April 27 In The US

You're probably getting used to OEMs being conveniently vague about dates of Ice Cream Sandwich rollouts. Well, Acer has seen fit to set the record straight and clue everyone into the update schedule for the Iconia Tab A100 and A500 Android tablets. Both devices will begin getting the update on April 27, which is a mere 10 days from now. The A200 got its update way back in February.

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Update: Mexico and Brazil updates clarified:

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The aforementioned April date is only for the US variant of the devices, though.

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Android 4.0 ROMs Leak For The Acer Iconia Tab A500 And A100 Ahead Of April Release

Acer tablet owners across the country were elated (well, most of them were, anyway) when Acer announced that Ice Cream Sandwich will be coming to the A100 and A500 in April. Thanks to a new leak that made its way to XDA, though, the wait for April just got a lot shorter. Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs for both devices landed in their respective forum on XDA earlier today, bringing a taste of Android 4.0 to the duo.

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[Update: More Info] Acer America Announces Android 4.0 Update For A500 And A100, Coming In Mid-April

Over the weekend, Acer started pushing the Android 4.0 update to the Iconia Tab A200. Yesterday, Acer ANZ announced that the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Iconia Tab A500 would be rolling out in April in Australia and New Zealand. Today, in an attempt to roll a turkey, Acer America followed suit and announced the ICS update for not only the A500, but the A100 along with it:

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Acer Confirms Iconia Tab A500 Ice Cream Sandwich Update In Australia And New Zealand Will Arrive In April 2012

Acer ANZ just announced a distant April timeline for the Ice Cream Sandwich update to float all the way to Australia and New Zealand. Unfortunately, this doesn't tell us anything about the rest of the world, but unless they're delivering it by pigeon mail, I see it as a pretty good indicator of when it will hit the States, Europe, and other continents as well. Unfortunately,

Great news, everyone! We’ve just got confirmation from HQ that the Iconia Tab A500 will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich in April.

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Skype For Android Updated To v2.5 With Whitelist For 13 More Devices, Landscape Support, More. Oh Yeah, And Ads

Skype for Android, an app that gets almost as much love as it does hate, was updated to version 2.5 a few minutes ago. Because the last update unofficially opened up Skype to all 2.2+ devices, this time around Skype simply listed 13 more devices as whitelisted and approved for video chat capabilities:

  1. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (T-Mobile)
  2. HTC SHOOTER (KDDI)
  3. Sony Ericsson Xperia Live with Walkman
  4. Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
  5. Acer Iconia Tablet (A500)
  6. LG Optimus Black LANDSCAPE ONLY
  7. LG Optimus 3D LANDSCAPE ONLY
  8. LG Optimus 2x LANDSCAPE ONLY
  9. Motorola Photon
  10. Motorola Droid3 LANDSCAPE ONLY
  11. Motorola Bionic LANDSCAPE ONLY
  12. Motorola Xoom
  13. Motorola Atrix

Notice how the list contains 13 devices, even though the changelog says 14.

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[Deal Alert] Acer Iconia Tab A500 For $320 With Free Shipping From Gettington

If a refurb'd Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for $350 isn't your cup of tea, how about a brand-spankin'-new Acer Iconia Tab A500 for $320? If that sounds more like your speed, then Gettington is the place to be right now, and if you throw in the coupon code FREESHIP08 you'll nab your entire order sans-shipping.

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There is one small issue, however -- the expected ship date isn't until October 21.

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Acer Iconia Tab A501 Coming To AT&T's HSPA+ Network On September 18th, And It's Actually Reasonably Priced

We were all left with a bad taste in our mouths after hearing AT&T's pricing for the recently announced HTC Jetstream, but if you're looking for a  solid Honeycomb tablet with always-connected mobile access then check out Ma Bell's latest offering: the Acer Iconia Tab A501.

Under the hood, it's the exact same device as the A500, with the inclusion of an HSPA+ radio. The nuts and bolts of it are:

  • 10.1-inch 1280x800 display
  • 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP and 2MP cameras
  • SD card, microUSB, and microHDMI ports
  • Android 3.2

The real sweet spot for this tablet, though, is the pricing.

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[Update: It's A Go] Deal Alert: Target, Best Buy Offering A $100 Gift Card With Acer Iconia A500 Purchase From August 14th

The price of the Acer Iconia A500 has been steadily declining over the past few months and it looks like Target is offering their best deal yet for this Android 3.0 tablet. Starting from August 14th you can pick up the Iconia A500 for $399 and get a $100 Target Gift Card free, effectively making the price $299.

Update: Best Buy has a similar deal going, it seems. Rumor is, so does Walmar.

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Acer Iconia Tab A501 With 4G Pre-Order Shows Up On Amazon For $500

Over the past few weeks and months the price of the Acer Iconia A500 has been steadily dropping. It is now clear that it was to make way for the 4G version of the tablet from AT&T.

Announced in late March by AT&T for a Q2 release, it looks like they have finally got their act together and are now featuring the device on Amazon.com on pre-order for $499.99.

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The unreleased 4G HSPA+ tablet will be running Android Honeycomb and will feature a 1Ghz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor with integrated graphics, 10.1" WXGA display (1280x800), 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 802.11b/g/n wireless, and a 5MP rear facing camera and 2MP front-facing camera.

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