Acer Iconia Tab A500

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Iconia Tab A500
Developer Acer Inc.
Type Tablet computer
Release date U.S.: 24 April 2011 (2011-04-24)[1]
Units sold 1 million (As of second quarter 2011)[2]
Operating system Android Honeycomb, although Ice Cream Sandwich is now available. 4.2, & 4.3 (Jelly Bean) are supported by unofficial 3rd-party updates.
Power Built-in rechargeable 3260mah lithium-ion polymer battery, 8hr life[3]
CPU 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 250[3]
Memory 1024 MB RAM[3]
Storage 8, 16 and 32 GB flash memory.[3][4] 64GB in some countries.
Display 1280 × 800 px10.1 in (26 cm) diagonal
, LED-backlit [3]
Graphics ULP GeForce 333 MHz
Input Multi-touch screen, headset controls, proximity, ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, digital compass and 3-axis gyro, GPS
Camera 2MP front-facing and 5MP rear-facing
Connectivity

Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n (only 2.4 GHz))
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
USB 2.0
micro-USB 2.0
microHDMI

Dock port
Dimensions 10.24 in (260 mm) (h)
6.97 in (177 mm) (w)
.52 in (13 mm) (d)
Weight 25.75 oz (730 g)
Website [1]

The Acer Iconia A500 is a tablet computer designed, developed and marketed by Acer Inc.. The A500 launched with the Android Honeycomb operating system which is now upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 (since April 2012). The tablet is also sold in almost identical form as the Packard Bell Liberty Tab G100.[5]

Hardware[edit]

This tablet has a 5 MP rear camera and 2 MP front camera for video calling. It is powered by 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 250 processor and 1024 MB DDR2 RAM. The A500 is sold with 64GB flash in certain countries although both 16GB and 32GB models are available.[6]

The A500 was one of the first Android tablets to feature a full size USB port directly in the tablet, opposed to the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer that provides one only with the accessory keyboard dock. Since the latest version of Android Honeycomb (3.2) The device supports a much larger variety of USB devices including NTFS and linux partitions. Previously, the number of compatible devices was very limited, with only USB mice, keyboard and FAT32 formatted drives (NTFS and other file-systems were available through apps that depend upon rooting) being able to be used with the tablet.

Software[edit]

The tablet was offered with Android 3.0 upon release. Android 3.1 and 3.2 was made available later through over the air updates and Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update has since been made available (April 2012).

Root was possible using an app developed by sc2k and published at xda-developers.[7] up to Android version 3.1 after which the vulnerability used was patched up by Acer, although by downgrading to one of these susceptible version of Android one can install ClockworkMod Recovery before installing a pre-rooted version of 3.2.1[8] or indeed Ice Cream Sandwich.

Some leaks of Android 4.0.3 from Acer were published on xda-developers over a series of months leading up to its April 2012 release.[9]

As of now, there are a few ROMs that are built based on the leaks and many of them were updated numerous times to be based on the newer releases as they came through from Acer.[10] Many of these, such as the popular 'Flexreaper' ROM are now based on actual OTA releases.[11]

The forum TegraOwners also distributes a build based on Android 4.0.4[12] which works on both the Iconia A500 and the A501. Later builds even support the A501's 3G Modem as well as some USB 3G adapters. This build is not based on the aforementioned official Acer releases but rather the CyanogenMod 9 source code and so is custom built from scratch without needing any leaked Acer code.

In April 2012 Acer released Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 which in some regions is identical to the 1.031.00 leak from March[13][14] This ICS Release is susceptible to Rooting solutions that date back to the original leaks - all of which utilise the 'mempodroid' exploit by saurik.[15] Although the previous 'itsmagic' trick, also by sc2k, no longer works with the updated bootloader, one can utilise the device's APX Mode to install modified images, provided one is able to obtain their unique UID from the device and hence calculate their Secure Boot Key.[16][17] As the installation of a patched bootloader permits the loading of any unsigned image, one can root the tablet using a combination of a patched bootloader and ClockworkMod Recovery, thus removing the necessity for a userland exploit.[18]

August 2012 has brought a number of CM10-based builds of Android Jellybean 4.1.1. and December 2012 bought a few CM10.1-based builds of Android Jellybean 4.2.1. All these builds are community maintained and developed and have not been approved nor endorsed by Acer who have not announced an official OTA build.[19][20] In April 2013, CM10.1-based builds of Android Jellybean 4.2.2 became available.[21]

Ubuntu Linux also was made to work in the Acer Iconia A500 by installing the kernel in place of the recovery image.[22] The root file-system for the Ubuntu installation must be placed in a SD card. Other sources [23][24] also state that it is possible to run Ubuntu 10.10 by using chroot and VNC for a Linux GUI.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Damon Poeter (8 April 2011). "Acer Taking Pre-Orders For 10-Inch Iconia Tablet". PCMag.com. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Acer Iconia Tab A500 to be the 1st Android tablet to hit 1 million sold units". 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Acer ICONIA TAB A500 specs". phoneArena.com. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "ICONIA TAB A Series specs". acer.com. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Melanson, Donald (9 April 2011). "Packard Bell debuts Liberty Tab Honeycomb tablet, clearly adores freedom -- Engadget". Engadget. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.acer.no/ac/no/NO/content/series/iconia-tab-a
  7. ^ http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1138228
  8. ^ http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1276227
  9. ^ http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=22823086
  10. ^ http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1136
  11. ^ http://forum.tegraowners.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=362
  12. ^ http://forum.tegraowners.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=370
  13. ^ http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1524736
  14. ^ http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=25378562&postcount=605
  15. ^ http://forum.tegraowners.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=350
  16. ^ http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1622425
  17. ^ http://forum.tegraowners.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=388
  18. ^ http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1823421
  19. ^ http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1792618
  20. ^ http://forum.tegraowners.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=680
  21. ^ http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2239476
  22. ^ http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1197793
  23. ^ http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1390351
  24. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxutd_NQqP0