As the proverbial wave of Jelly Bean crashes against the shores of XDA, more devices are popping up with AOSP builds seemingly every day. We brought you news of the Acer Iconia A500 getting the first JB AOSP ROM which was released mere hours after the source was released. Now, the older sibling of the A500, the Acer Iconia A100 receives a piece of Jelly Bean ASOP goodness as well.
The initial builds of Jelly Bean for the A100 were actually SDK ports from the A500. After source was released, XDA Senior Member pio_masaki, with the help of some others, have made the switch over to source-built, and the A100 is well on its way to having stable Jelly Bean. When the initial port was released, it was pretty rough with a lot of things not working. In a few short days, however, the ROM has gained a lot of stability. Currently, the only things not working are:
Sound (kind of)
Since tablet users don’t typically use their cameras, that makes this ROM pretty solid for anyone who wants to use it as a daily driver for the time being. Rest assured, though, that the bugs will likely get fixed, so expect this to be a perfectly solid build in the near future.
To learn more, go to the original thread.Google+
Tablets often present a conundrum for many users. While most tablets feature internal storage of 16GB or 32GB, there are some out there with 8 GB or less. And when you’re using that internal storage for your apps, music, movies, and more; it can get full pretty quickly. Many tablets simply run out of space, and even those with expandable storage like the Acer Iconia A100 would be better off using external storage as internal storage.
This is a problem that XDA Senior Member crossix, who’s brought other interesting developments to the Iconia A100 before, is aiming to fix with a mod that switches the internal and external storage. While the mod itself is relatively easy to apply, there is a warning attached to development such as this. Crossix offers up the standard boiler plate:
Do this at your own risk, it will not void your warrantee but it may make your device unresponsive and cause other issues that I haven’t discovered yet! Also, DO NOT at any point attempt to use the unmount sdcard found in your storage settings and DO NOT take your micro sdcard out while your tablet is on, doing these things will cause your apps to fc and potentially loose data.
So with that in mind, users simply need to download the modified files from crossix and use their favorite root file explorer application to replace some files and change some permissions. Once done, the A100 does the rest, and you’ll have your internal and external storage switched out. To remove it, simply delete the modified files, and the A100 will go back to normal.
For additional information, the full instructions and download links, head over to the original thread.Google+
May 1, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Device tear downs can be the difference between a user fixing their device and simply selling it at way beneath its value for spare parts. Additionally, some tear downs have even helped fix long standing problems with other devices. However, at the end of the day, sometimes it’s just fun to take something apart and see what makes it tick. For users of the Acer Iconia A100, not only do you now have a guide for fixing a broken microphone module, but also a pretty thorough guide to tearing the device itself down.
XDA Forum Member Metallica 4 Life has taken some time to tear down the Iconia A100 when a microphone module broke and needed replacement. With all the screen shots and proper tools listed, the user not only created a guide to replacing the microphone, but an entire tear down guide for the Iconia A100 that could help plenty of users fix other problems.
The tear down, obviously, requires some tools. While we’re sure most users would end up figuring it out with a much cruder set of tools, the recommended tools are the following:
1) Set of small philips screwdrivers
2) Soldering iron
3) Solder (optional, not necessary as the mics have solder on them already)
4) Something to pry the plastic open with (I used my nail but you can use a flathead screwdriver…etc)
And, of course, a replacement microphone if you’re using the guide for its intended purpose. From there, Metallica 4 Life lays a step by step process out for taking each piece of the Iconia A100 until you are staring straight at its underoos. For those needing to replace their mic module, there’s screen shots on how to do that. For those needing to tear apart their A100 for other reasons, there isn’t a step by step guide for that, but at least you have the device opened up properly so you can figure it out. It does not, however, tell you how to take out the battery. As always, users should know that tearing the device down will void your warranty (if it isn’t already voided) and can cause serious and irreparable harm if done incorrectly.
For the full tutorial and more, head over to the original thread.Google+
April 27, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
With Team Win updating their new recovery to include a touch interface and new features to what has been dubbed TWRP 2, developers for devices that weren’t initially supported have been working on making the new touch recovery a part of their device’s repertoire. While most haven’t received the touch enabled awesomeness just yet, those carrying the Acer Iconia A100 have, and they can flash it immediately.
XDA Senior Member ZeroNull has ported the now popular touch recovery to the Iconia A100, which makes it the second Iconia tablet to receive the touch recovery after its cousin, the A500. The recovery, which is actually based on the A500 version, is relatively easy to install. However, users do have to be running certain firmware first. Says ZeroNull:
Before anything make sure you have the latest ICS leak C/O Vache, Root, and Unlocked Bootloader.
So if you don’t fulfill those requirements, you should steer clear of this for right now, as it’ll probably won’t work. For those who meet the prerequisites, the installation instructions are a cakewalk. Simply download the included package, unzip and run the install.bat executable file on a Windows PC, and wait for everything to settle down. Once it does, you’ll have TWRP 2 on your A100.
For additional info, the full instructions, download links and more, hit up the original thread. Touch enabled recovery for the win.Google+
Acer keeps on making its way into the hands of people by trying to release newer models with different characteristics of their up and coming Iconia tab series. The A100 made its debut not too long ago, and it seems to be a more economical version of its bigger brother. The tab sports a 7 inch screen as opposed to the 10.1 inch that its big brother has. It also carries a Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB or RAM, Honeycomb 3.2, and it comes in 8 GB and 16 GB versions, which is unusual to see in a tab. Other than that, the specs are pretty much up to par with other tabs of its kind. However, it is worth mentioning that there are not too many tabs at 7 inch that are loaded with 3.2, so this is a bit of a breakthrough in a market where the smaller sized tab race is headed by regular eBook readers.
Well, the tab is out there and its user base is building up rather quickly. So, if you know about this and would like to share your success/horror stories about the tab, or if you have something that you pulled from it and would like to share with the community, please step.
You can visit the Iconia A100 Tab forum right here.
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