Acer Iconia Tab a100
The recent Acer Iconia Tab a500‘s little brother, the 7-inch a100 was set for a late May release, but that’s been pushed back. The smaller dual core Tegra 2 device hosted a slightly altered form factor from it’s larger brother, but packed identical hardware including 1GB of RAM 16GB of internal storage, and Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The reason for the delay has been two-fold. First there’s the new update for Honeycomb, 3.1, that will bring you a host of new features. Among them the highly-anticipated Google Movies rental service, which has now been blocked for rooted devices.
The other reason is also Honeycomb related, and it has to do with Acer’s custom apps compatibility with the new 3.1 update. Now, unless Acer has something special lined up for the 7-inch tablet, I have to say that I can’t really understand this one. The acer apps that came on the 10-inch Iconia tab were really little more than a couple of apps that consolidated other apps, like a dashboard for 3D games, and a media sharing service. DigiTimes suggests that perhaps Honeycomb’s design is intended for 10-inch displays, and thus the 7-inch display is what’s caused the compatibility issues.
Needless to say, no new date has been announced for the release of the Iconia a100, but we’ll be watching it and let you know what it does make its appearance. Acer has also postponed the release of a 5-inch device due to parts shortages resulting from the Japan earthquake.
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