Acer Iconia Tab A500 Android 3.1 Honeycomb Update for US customers released
Before Google gets round to releasing Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of Android which will be one and the same for both tablets and phones, there still are updates coming in for Honeycomb, the company’s current tablet-optimized OS release. Acer on Wednesday began rolling out the Android 3.1 upgrade for the Iconia Tab A500. The push brings all the features shown at Google I/O, such as a deeper multitasking system, resizable widgets, and support for USB host devices like cameras. Quirks have also been ironed out, such as respecting the orientation lock when the tablet is at the lock screen.
And even if perhaps missing that exact date, Acer seems to be delivering around that time frame. According to Android Police, Acer Iconia Tab A500 owners in the USA are already seeing the update pop up on their tablets. Undoubtedly, more markets will follow. Unfortunately, it isn’t all smooth sailing, as some users are only getting updated to Android 3.0.1, which is (obviously) an older version. Still an update to 3.0, but not Android 3.1. At least that’s what GottaBeMobile is reporting.
Acer hasn’t said how quickly A500 owners will get the upgrades. Typically, updates push out over the course of days or weeks and won’t come automatically. A manual check may get the update faster.
We just got ours, and system update 4.010.08 is weighing in at 122.71 MB. The whole process should take a few minutes, and afterward you’ll have the framework for things like Google movies, usb host and a slew of other treats.
The bump over 3.0 includes new features like Google Movies support and many performance and stability improvements. Users should be able to download the update directly from the their tablets now.
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