Now here’s what we like to see: a manufacturer that’s proactive in getting their customers upgraded to the latest software. Acer might have been somewhat behind the curve when it came to granting Android 4.0 to their Iconia Tab A500 model, but now that it’s out, they want to make sure those who want it right away can get it as quickly as possible. Their new ICONIA TAB update Enhancement app will help users to do just that.
The free app is basically a more official way of doing ye olde manual update. Whereas advanced users usually load up a secondhand ZIP file into their stock or custom recovery, the Acer app sends a message to the company’s servers to send you the latest software quick, fast and in a hurry. While it’s clearly been implemented to get out this weeks Ice Cream Sandwich update, it should work for future security and feature patches as well.
At the moment only the Iconia Tab A500 is supported – more’s the pity for owners of the 7-inch A100. But odds are pretty good that Acer will release a similar app for the smaller tablet before too long. I wish more manufacturers would take Acer’s lead on this – it sure would save a lot of rebooting and awkward button combinations.