Acer Iconia Tab A500 Android 3.1 update has started rolling out

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.

Such is Android 3.1, the minor update to Android Honeycomb that was announced back in May during Google’s annual developer conference. Since then, this update has made its way onto the Motorola Xoom, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, and we’ve heard that the Acer Iconia Tab A500 may start receiving it starting on July 5.

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.

So at this point we can only say that an update to Android 3.1 for the Acer Iconia Tab may be on its way. Some have received it already, and if you haven’t, it’s probably coming. Since this is an over the air update, what will happen is that the tablet will notify you about the update. You then choose to Install it (right?), at which point your Iconia will download the update, then reboot and apply it. That’s it.

This update doesn’t bring any notable new features, but comes with many (needed) bug fixes and performance enhancements, so it is probably wise to perform it as soon as possible.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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  • Dbinder

    Coolest thing about 3.1 for the a500 is that now you can use Netflix!

  • BigRed4X15

    Are you using the app or the website? I tried the app and it always says service not available.

  • BigRed4X15

    Are you using the app or the website? I tried the app and it always says service not available.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GH6VJW7WCOA5BVR3W6FLSBPIYE Pedro Mickle

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  • Imoutsatsos

    Be aware of the update! My wife’s Iconia tablet turned into an unresponsive brick after the update. The screen is locked and it will no longer charge. After overnight on the charger it still shows only a 15% charge. The clock runs and I can go through the boot sequence but that’s about it. A ‘reset’ and reboot have not helped. Off to the ACER tech support now…