If you happen to live north of the border in Canadian territories, have Rogers for your wireless provider of choice and rock an Acer Iconia Tab A501 from the wireless provider, we have great news for you. Your months of waiting for that elusive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for your tablet has now hit the airwaves and is now being rolled out as we speak, this despite the fact that the official website of the manufacturer indicates that there is “No Update Planned” to ICS for the tablet.
Great news, indeed!
For the uninitiated, the Acer Iconia Tab A501 is the similar to the A500 except that Rogers’ variant of the tablet comes with mobile data connectivity onboard the device. So if you are still holding on to that 10.1-incher Acer tablet, you might want to glance at it every once in a while to check if the notification that will let you know of the update’s availability is already coming up on the tablet. If you have no patience for that kind of thing and want to speed things up along, you also have the option of forcing the Acer Iconia Tab A501 to manually check for the ICS update by heading over to Menu > Settings > About table and hit that Check for updates button to your heart’s content.
Although Acer hasn’t officially announced the rollout of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Rogers’ variant of the Acer Iconia Tab A501, early adopters of the update have attested to the fact that the update is already indeed rolling out and a couple of them managed to show screenshots of their tablet already rocking Android 4.0.3 ICS for its operating system.
As for the Acer Iconia Tab A501, the tablet may have been around for quite some time now having been announced back in February of last year. It made its debut in the shelves a couple of months later in April. The tablet is from the 10-inch category and it has dimensions of 260 x 177 x 13.3 mm and it tips the scales at a rather hefty 777 grams.
Although it is no longer a spring chicken, the Acer Iconia Tab A501 is still once capable slate. It relies on its NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 chipset in its internals to power its operations. This SoC in turn brings to the tablet dual-core capabilities via its dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor running at a clock speed of 1 GHz and a full gigabyte of DDR2 RAM. The device was released with a storage space ranging from 16GB to as much as 64GB and a user also has the option to have this further expanded using the dedicated microSD card slot of the Acer Iconia Tab A501. It has a 10.1-inch LCD capacitive multitouch panel with a 1280 x 800 resolution while its camera department is composed of a rear-facing 5MP shooter and a front-facing 2MP video call and self-portrait camera.