Acer upgrades Iconia Tab tablets to Android 4.0

Android 4.0 upgrades will be initially delivered to Acer Iconia Tab A200 models

By , IDG News Service |  

Acer is upgrading all of its Iconia Tab tablets to Google's latest Android 4.0 OS, with updates due to be completed by the end of April, the company said on Friday.

The initial updates to Android 4.0 will be pushed over the air to A200 models with 10-inch screens in the U.S., and will be completed over the next week. Upgrades for the 10-inch Iconia Tab A500 and 7-inch Iconia Tab A100 will be delivered by the end of April in the U.S.

The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment on when updates would be delivered worldwide. Acer's A-series tablets currently run on Android 3.0, which is code-named Honeycomb.

The new OS features improvements that make tablet navigation and usage easier, according to a statement from Acer. The Iconia Tabs will have an improved user interface and users will find it easier to manage applications and folders, Acer said.

There also will be an improved Web browser and better multitasking features, Acer said. An application called Acer Ring will make it easier for users to access key tablet applications and also users to easily take and post pictures or write status updates on social networks.

The new OS also has some features related to NFC (Near Field Communication), which makes it easier to share data between mobile devices. However, Acer's tablets do not yet have NFC hardware to take advantage of the feature.

In the future Acer will offer tablet users AcerCloud, where images, video and documents could be stored online for free through a service hosted by the company. The service would be offered on PCs, tablets and smartphones.

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