Well it's about bloody time! The last we heard, Acer's Iconia Tab A100 - the little sibling of the larger, 10-inch A500 - was being delayed due to Honeycomb restrictions on 7-inch displays. Fortunately, though, it seems that all of those issues are now firmly in the past for Acer, as Engadget is reporting that the company is readying its tablet for an early August launch, with a suggested retail price of $300.
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.
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.
This is probably the best deal I've seen thus far on any Honeycomb tablet: starting this Sunday, July 17th, you'll be able to pick up the Acer Iconia Tab A500 from Target for $400 and get a $50 Target gift card to go along with it, effectively making the price $350. The Iconia A500 sports the standard specs that we've become accustomed to seeing out of Honeycomb tablets:
- 10.1 Inch 1280x800 display
- 1Ghz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB storage, MicroSD card slot
- 5MP rear and 2MP front cameras
- USB and microHDMI ports
- Android 3.1
Update: The deal is live - check it out in the Target weekly ad online!
Update: This tablet is gracing the front page of eBay Daily Deals once again, but this time it's a bit more expensive ($5), which is still quite a good deal. Hit the updated source link below to buy.
When it comes to the Android tablet market, pricing is one of the main areas that defines the competition. Acer clearly knew this when pricing its Iconia Tab A500 tablet at $450, but for today, you can score this 10.1 inch Tegra 2 device for the low price of $380 with free shipping from eBay's Daily Deals site.
We just got word that the Android 3.1 update is rolling out in the US for the Acer Iconia Tab A500. The update brings all kinds of Honeycomb goodies, like resizable widgets, performance enhancements, improved multitasking, USB host support, and more.
Other details are limited at the moment, so make sure to hit us up on the tip line or drop a note in the comments if you find other new features!
While Google released the Honeycomb update that brings resizable widgets, USB host support, and overall performance improvements to VZW XOOM owners during I/O, and Motorola dropped it on Wi-Fi only XOOMs late last week, all other Honeycomb tablet owners have been asking the same question: when do I get it?
For owners of the Acer Iconia A500 and the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer that question has been answered by This Is My Next, and you'll be glad to know that you could see your update in as little as two weeks, as the update is scheduled for early June for both tablets.
The Acer Iconia A100 - a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet [unlike the 10" A500... makes sense, right? - Aaron]- was originally slated to hit the market in late May/early June, but has been delayed until August/September due to restrictions with Honeycomb on a 7-inch, 1024*600 display. Honeycomb was designed to take advantage of 10 inch, 1280*800 displays, and according to Digitimes, Google is too busy "resolving other issues" to tend to this little debacle, so Acer had no choice but to delay the device.
Remember last month when Intel CEO Paul Otellini said that they were actively working on porting Honeycomb to x86 processors with hopes of providing us with Intel powered Honeycomb tablets within the year? Well, it turns out that Acer may unveil the first tablet of the bunch at Computex this year: a 10.1 inch, Oak Trail sporting beast, according to Digitimes.
It's rumored that we could see this yet-unnamed tablet on the streets as early as July, but we'll just have to wait and see how that pans out.
The latest update to Flash 10.2 for Android (version number 10.2.157.51) hit the Market earlier today and introduced several enhancements, most notably hardware acceleration for 720p videos (mentioned here earlier), albeit only on Honeycomb tablets.
Browser integration in Honeycomb has also been improved, and "important bug fixes and security enhancements," including a fix to the "critical" vulnerability discovered a few weeks ago, have been made across the board - not just in Honeycomb.
Good news, everyone! The Acer Iconia has been rooted and the process is so ridiculously simple that it's almost offensive. Seriously. Here is the entire step-by-step process to gaining full root on the Acer Iconia:
The link in that post goes to the XDA thread for a modified GingerBreak, an application for rooting devices in one click; no computer necessary. You simply download the modified APK, install it on your Iconia, run it, and become rooted.