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[CES 2013] Acer Officially Announces The Budget Iconia Tab B1-A71 7" Tablet, Brings AcerCloud To Android And iOS

If Acer's recent entry into the "budget" tablet market – the Iconia Tab A110 – still wasn't light enough on the wallet for you, then maybe the company's latest offering will be. Announced just today, the Iconia Tab B1-A71 is a 7" slate with pretty meager specs, and a price tag to match:

  • 7" 1024x600 display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Mediatek MTK 8317T processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB built-in storage with microSD card slot
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Android 4.1

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While Acer hasn't announced when the B1-A71 will be available, it has said the tablet will be released with a price "under $150." Woo.

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CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies Available For The Samsung Captivate, AT&T Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III (Metro PCS, US Cellular), And Acer Iconia A700 [Updated]

It's going to be a long time yet before devices like the Galaxy S III and Acer's Iconia Tab A700 get Jelly Bean 4.2, and the Samsung Captivate and Galaxy S II probably won't ever get another OS version update. That's why we love us some custom ROMs, and the CyanogenMod team has released nightlies of CM10.1 to all of these devices, including the MetroPCS and US Cellular variants of the GSIII.

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7-Inch Acer Iconia Tab A110 Available Today For $229

I'll admit, the A110 is instantly less attractive at $229 when you can now get a 32GB Nexus 7 for $250. But still, if you want HDMI out and absolutely must have expandable storage in a 7" form factor, then the A110 is the only clear choice that won't break the bank.

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Aside from the aforementioned microSD card slot and microHDMI out, the A110 offers the quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, microUSB, and Android 4.1.

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Acer Announces North American Availability Of The 7" A110, Coming October 30th For $229

Ever since Acer announced the A110's European availability back at the end of September, we've been waiting for word on North American availability. Given the 7-inch slate's reasonable specs, the biggest question has been how much will it cost?. The company just sent the word, and it looks like this Nexus 7 competitor will be available beginning on October 30th for $229. Here's what to expect for that price:

  • 7" 1024x600 display
  • 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage, microSD card slot
  • Front-facing camera
  • microUSB, microHDMI
  • 0.86lbs, 7.68" x 4.61" x 0.52"
  • 7.5 hour battery life
  • Android 4.1

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At $230, the 8GB A110 is $30 higher than the Nexus 7 with equal storage, which will be its primary competitor.

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CyanogenMod 10 Nightlies For The Acer Iconia Tab A700 Are Go

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.

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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.

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Acer Silently Begins Pushing Jelly Bean To The Iconia Tab A700

Wouldn't you know it - not long after ASUS has to delay the Jelly Bean update for the Transformer Pad Infinity, Acer silently starts pushing the update to the Iconia Tab A700.

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Considering there are zero details at this time, we have no idea what changes have been made, but hopefully Acer found a way to make this HD tablet run a little smoother this go around.

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Acer Officially Announces The 7" Jelly Bean-Powered Iconia Tab A110

Acer just officially announced the smaller of two tablets we saw from the company back at Computex in June: the Iconia Tab A110. The device appears to be a head-to-head competitor with the Nexus 7, as it offers many of the same features, as well as a few missing from the N7:

  • 7 " 1024x600 display
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor
  • microUSB, microSD, and microHDMI ports
  • 390g
  • Android 4.1

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This image is an earlier leak of the device.

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Google On Acer's Canceled Phone Launch: 'Non-Compatible Versions Of Android, Like Aliyun, Weaken The Ecosystem'

Last night, we reported on some pretty strange rumors concerning an Acer product launch set to take place Thursday in Shanghai. The rumor was that Google had put its foot down over Acer's announcement of an Aliyun-powered smartphone, and threatened to "terminate all android-related cooperation" with the Taiwanese manufacturer should it proceed with the CloudMobile A800's introduction.

In case you missed the story, Aliyun is an OS developed by Alibaba Group, China's largest Internet firm by transactions.

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Acer Reportedly Cancels Announcement Of Aliyun-Powered Smartphone Following Google Warning, Says Alibaba

Earlier this evening, Nasdaq reported that Taiwanese manufacturer Acer decided to cancel a press conference scheduled for Thursday, which would have seen the announcement of Acer's CloudMobile A800.

The smartphone, which would have been unveiled in Shanghai, was set to run on Aliyun, a mobile OS developed by a Chinese Internet firm called Alibaba Group, the largest internet firm in China by transactions. Acer indicated that the press conference was canceled after Google, according to Nasdaq, "expressed concerns about the smartphone."

An anonymous official at Acer commented that "Acer will continue to communicate with Google and the company still wants to launch the new smartphone based on Alibaba software."

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Acer Launches Two Low-End Liquid Phones - The Gallant And Gallant Duo

Between the Pantech Marauder, T-Mobile MyTouch Q, and now Acer's Liquid Gallant/Liquid Gallant Duo, it certainly seems like cheap Android devices are the new feature phones.

Acer's newest offering illustrates what I'm talking about. The company has launched two phones - the Liquid Gallant and the Liquid Gallant Duo - that are very low-end and amazingly low-price, checking in at just £149 (about $235). Take a look at the specs:

  • 1GHz MTK6575 (single-core) CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB storage + microSD slot
  • 4.3" qHD display
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 5MP rear shooter
  • 1500mAh battery
  • 129 x 65.5 x 9.9mm, 145g
  • 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0

That may not be a lot of punch, but at that price, it will be enough to pull a lot of dumb- and feature-phone users into the smartphone world.

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