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Iconia A100 delay could be related to Honeycomb compatibility issues

Sources indicate that Acer’s A100 tablet has been delayed due to software rather than hardware issues

We heard last week that Acer’s Iconia Tab A100 tablet had been delayed till H2 of 2011, but we weren't informed of the reasons behind the delay. Thankfully hardware issues don't appear to be the culprit in this delay, as reports point to software issues causing the hold-up.

As usual, the rumors come courtesy of Digitimes, whose sources indicate that the A100 encountered some problems running certain Honeycomb applications. Google’s tablet OS was originally intended for 10 inch tablets and as such the A100 appears to have been slightly incompatible.

And while there are some 7” Android tablets currently on the market, the Galaxy Tab and HTC Flyer for instance, they run earlier versions of Android and haven’t had any issues. The only other 7” Honeycomb tablet of note is the Viewsonic 7x which should debut at Computex next week.

In addition, the report mentions that Acer is adamant about keeping the A100 a Honeycomb tablet, and as such decided to delay the tablet rather than releasing it with another version of the OS. The tablet should make its way to shelves sometime in August or September of 2011.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-05-27 (Update: 2012-05-26)