If you’ve been wondering when your Acer Iconia
tablet would be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich
treatment, wonder no more. The company announced that the update to Android 4.0 is on the way--for the A-series tablets, anyway.
Specifically, it’s coming via an OTA update this week for the Iconia Tab A200 and sometime in April for the Iconia Tab A100 and Iconia Tab A500.
For the most part, the upgrade will offer about what you’d expect: faster browsing, tweaked interface, better Gmail integration, and so on, but the Iconia tablets will get some Acer-specific features, too, including the customizable Acer Ring navigation and the ability to access favorite apps even when the device is locked.
Acer Iconia Tab Tablets Updated to Android 4.0
SAN JOSE, Calif.—Acer America is now updating its award-winning Acer Iconia™ Tab line of tablets with the latest version of Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich).
The update is being pushed to Acer Iconia Tab A200 customers over-the-air now in the United States and will be completed over the following week. The Acer Iconia Tab A100 7-inch tablet and Acer Iconia Tab A500 10-inch tablet will both be updated in April.
With Android 4.0, the Acer Iconia Tab line will provide new features to give customers more usability and enjoyment from their tablets. Customers will notice the improvements right away—including the faster browser, enhanced app and folder management options, more intuitive navigation, and a completely reimaged design that is more polished with enhanced holographic effects. Plus, customers can more easily customize their Acer tablets and will enjoy improved multitasking and switching between tasks.
"The many enhancements in Android 4.0 OS complement the sleek, powerful and well-designed Acer Iconia Tab tablets to give customers an all-around first-rate experience," said Paul Tayar, Director Product Marketing—Connected Devices, Acer America. "Customers will experience greater entertainment and productivity with the many new capabilities and features on their tablets."
In addition, customers will appreciate that Android 4.0 brings them improved integration with Gmail's email and calendar functions.
Features and enhancements unique to Acer tablets
The new update of Android 4.0 also includes several new features that are unique to Acer tablets. The updated tablets will now feature the highly customizable Acer Ring, making it incredibly natural and easy to get instant access to favorite apps and features. The Acer Ring can be launched with a single touch and lets customers have quick and easy access to apps, surf the web, capture screen images, post photos and status updates to their social networks, and more.
Also unique to the Acer Iconia Tab line with the Android 4.0 update, customers will be able to access their favorite apps directly even when the screen is locked and will enjoy an improved weather widget.
Photos and video enhance memories
Acer Iconia Tab customers will be able to do more with their precious photos and video thanks to the Android 4.0 update. Acer customers will enjoy improved zoom and be able to take snapshots while recording video. Customers will also be able to capture better still images and do more with them due to greater image stabilization and improved integration with third-party apps. Both video clips and photos can be enhanced on the fly, stored and searched for based on various tags, and conveniently stored on Google+.