Wait, say what? Apparently, according to DigiTimes speaking with some “sources familiar with the matter,” Acer’s Iconia A100 (the smaller cousin of our already-reviewed Iconia Tab A500), have noted that Acer is blaming incompatibility issues with Honeycomb on a 7-inch device for their delay in launch. As you know, the Acer Iconia Tab A100 was supposed to be launched back on May 14th along with the 101 (the 3G version) – that was nixed! Of course we’re all waiting for this release because this set o’ tablets is going to be bargain priced and the A500 isn’t half bad, you know what I mean?
In this report DigiTimes reports that the Iconia Tab A100 will be rescheduled for August-September 2011. The reason for this, they say, is that, as industry sources have told them, Android 3.0 “has some compatible issues with 7-inch screen and Google is currently busy resolving other issues.” They go on to note the following as spoken or written directly to them by these same sources:
Since Android 3.0 was specifically designed for 10-inch display, Acer has found that many appliactions are incompatible with its 7-inch device. Therefore, the company has decided to postpone the launch of the product, the sources said.
Of course even if that is true, we all know that Android 2.2 Froyo and Android 2.3 Gingerbread work fine with tablet-sized Android devices as evidenced by the original Samsung Galaxy Tab and the new HTC Flyer, respectively. The industry sources speaking in this report continued by saying:
Acer believes that the 7-inch device will have its own unique market and will be suitable for female users as the device is lighter in weight, the sources said. But since the company is unwilling to give up the latest Android version, the company has decided to delay the launch of the product by about one quarter, the sources added.
Delays delays! What a world!