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.
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