The Acer Iconia Tab A110 was originally thought to release with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but there are now strong rumors that it will actually ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The rumors appear to come from some publicity shots where the tablet was shown running the Jelly Bean update.
It is not clear whether this is a ploy by Acer to drive publicity or whether it is actually going to ship with Jelly Bean and only time will tell which is true. Further, it is expected to release in September which may cause a timing problem because Jelly Bean has barely been released. However, it should be noted that Acer has never confirmed the September release date so it may be that Jelly Bean will not cause any delays at all.
The tablet runs the 1.2Ghz Tegra 3 quad core processor by NVIDIA and is backed by 1GB of RAM. It comes in both 16 and 32GB storage versions with a 7in HD screen. Like the Nexus 7, the Acer Iconia Tab A110 does not have a rear-facing camera which may be a drawback to some but it has most of the other features people have come to expect from tablets. Bluetooth, WiFi b/g/n, a microSD slot and even a HDMI port are all built in to the tablet which allows for great storage and connectivity features.
While there is currently no official information available as to its price, it is very widely rumoured to be launching at under $200 which puts it right up against the Nexus 7 at the same price.
While the rumors of Jelly Bean are just that – rumors – the buzz is building because of the extra features Android offers. There are numerous speed tweaks which will result in a faster, smoother user interface experience, better voice search, better Google search and improvements to the predictive typing keyboard.
Most importantly, Android includes voice typing capabilities that many suggest are actually better than Apple’s SIRI. If this is true then one of the main selling points of the iPhone is suddenly less of a selling point considering the price of some Android products.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean also has notification panel improvements which allow users to view more information in the notification panel which is a long-awaited feature.
If it is true that the Acer Iconia Tab A110 is going to ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean then there may be some issues with apps not quite being ready for it. However, the required Jelly Bean code has been available to software developers for a period of around three months now which means that they may have had enough time to do what was required.
Only time will tell !