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Posts Tagged: Acer Iconia A500

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The Acer Iconia Tab A100 may have been superseded by the newer Acer Iconia A500, but thanks to the works of developers like crossix the aging tablet isn’t on its last legs just yet.

If you happen to own an Iconia Tab A100 and want to try this mod, it’s highly recommended by crossix that you back up your original in case anything goes wrong, but otherwise the mod is pretty powerful and simple to use. It is a list of changes that the user can to the build.prop in order to improve performance and functionality. Crossix explains:

Your build.prop file contains a lot of information about your tab. Things like what model, version of android, manufacturer and other info can be found within, but it also can control certain aspects such as display density, wifi scan time and other misc tweaks that improve overall smoothness.

The mods are all changes made to the single file, so there’s no need to flash or adb push anything. Simply grab the modified build.prop, place it where your current build.prop is and you’re done. Changes made range anywhere from the name of the device to the Iconia A500 so you can get apps in the Market intended for only the A500 to a range of tweaks to improve system performance.

For a list of all the changes made, the download link to the modded build.prop and additional disclaimers you can find all that and more in the original thread.

Acer Iconia a500

Users of the Acer Iconia A500 tablet have had ClockworkMod Recovery for their flashing needs for awhile now and it has done quite well as expected for the famous and widely used recovery.

However, more is always better and it’s in that spirit that XDA Senior Member drillisdee has compiled Amon Ra Recovery for the Acer Tablet so its users could have a choice. The Recovery is packed with a lot of useful features including:

Touch enabled UI
Can use usb flash drive or normal sdcard as sdcard to flash roms and to use in nandroid backup/restore.
Automatically runs itsmagic on boot
External sdcard mass storage works on iconia
Automatically backs up usb serial (uuid) and the start of mmcblk0 in nandroid backup.
Will not remove /data/media unless full ext wipe option is selected (off by default)

ADB as root user

USB-MS Toggle :mounts sdcard as mass storage

The Recovery can also be flashed two ways. One is via ADB using the program itsmagic and the other is a handly, much easier ClockworkMod flashable zip.

If you’d like to check out the touch enabled recovery, you can head on over to its original thread for the download links to both methods, installation instructions and a full list of menu options and features.

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Lenovo Thinkpad Dump Available

September 30, 2011   By:

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Every time a new device comes out, we tend to either want to get it or what is included with it. Since most of us are cash strapped and cannot spend $400 – $700 dollars per device each time one comes out, we are only left with the option of trying to get what we currently have to look and behave in the same way as the original thing. For this purpose, you normally will need dumps of systems such as the one that surfaced in the Acer Iconia A500 forums for the Lenovo Thinkpad. XDA member triebstahl has posted a link to the dump in the hopes that someone would grab it and strip it of all the goodies that Lenovo packed on the upcoming tab. Whether a whole port will be required to get the UI going on other devices or not is still not clear. However, if the launcher is a stand alone like Ex GoLauncher, there should be no need for a complicated port.

Having said that, if you have the required porting skills, please be sure to pop in, grab the image and have fun while getting it to boot in other tabs.

some nice apps reinstalled and a great favorit launcher

You can find more information in the original thread.

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iconia modem

As you are probably aware, there are a few mods for a couple of tabs sporting Honeycomb that will allow you to attach a usb dongle for 3G capabilities on non 3G tabs. Well, it seems that XDA member nateleduc has decided that a tab with a tail does not look all that great. After taking his Acer Icons A500 apart, he found an empty space with mount screw holes and solder points in the mother board. Essentially, this is the slot where the modem would fit, and after looking around for a bit, he figured it would be perfectly possible to adapt it to his A500 effectively turning it into an A501, which is 3G enabled.

However, he has some questions regarding delivery adaptability on HC as well as the best possible card bracket to hold the card in place. So, if you believe you can help his cause, please visit his thread and leave a few tips to see this project be driven to completion.

I’m looking to start a thread about turning an a500 into a a501. I’ve done a teardown of the a500 and it has the capability of potentially being able to support an internal card. It has the space/slot and screw mounts.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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The Weekly Q&A: Week 47

August 15, 2011   By:

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As part of our regular Q&A session here on the XDA-Developers Portal, I’ll be covering some questions and issues frequently seen here in the world of XDA. This week, we’ll concentrate on everyone’s favorite large-screened devices–Honeycomb-powered tablets!

Q: Is it possible to turn the a500 display off when connecting to a TV using HDMI out? If you try to lock the device (hit the power button), it halts the device completely. There is not brightness option for “completely off,” so that’s not an option. Ideally, I’d like to save battery if I’m watching a movie via HDMI. Does this require a 3rd party app, if so, do you know of any? [Question originally seen in the Acer Iconia A500 Q&A Section.]

A: “You could conceivably use Widgetsoid or something similar to reduce screen brightness to 0%.”

Q: Have a wi-fi only version i bought and it says no updates available but i dont have touchwiz…any ideas as to why i dont get the update or how i can get it? [Question originally seen in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Q&A Section.]

A: “In order to prevent network or server overload we are limiting the number of Tabs that can download the update. You can either keep trying, or wait for your Tab to receive a push update notification.”

Q: Need to run two reader apps (two parallel texts for reading the original literature) on one screen. Two copies of the same program like Moon+ would be even more nice.? [Question originally seen in the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Q&A Section.]

A: This is not possible with the stock Honeycomb OS. However, custom UXes such as TouchWiz on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 allow for multiple applets to run simultaneously on the screen. Additionally, there are UIs in the works that rethink application management altogether.

Q: My bookmarks won’t sync from my PC to transformer. Is this a known problem if so is there a known fix/workaround ? [Question originally seen in the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Q&A Section.]

A: “I had the same problem on my Asus Transformer 3.2,but found the solution. From your home screen.go to settings/manage applications /all/browser then clear data.go back to the browser and it should automatically sign you back into your gmail account. Then go to your browser settings/ general / sync to chrome. In a few minutes they should be back. Also make sure your gmail account/browser are in autosync in settings/accounts and sync. This worked for me and if this helps you please let me know.”

Q: For the last few months I’ve been unable to update/install Facebook on a500. App does not show in marketplace app, does show on web android market but shows as not compatible with Acer. I’ve got factory install (of honeycomb) and received latest updates—though I had the problem prior to 3.1. Note I already have older version of Facebook when I was able to install (when I first got a500…just after release). I’m not interested in rooting if possible and believe issue must be related to configs on marketplace in my profile? [Question originally seen in the Acer Iconia A500 Q&A Section.]

A: For Facebook access, you should give the locally-developed Friend Me a shot. As for Netflix, once you load a certain patch that can be found right here on XDA, the side-loaded APK (also available in the aforementioned thread) will work just fine.

That wraps it up for this week’s session. Stay tuned for more news and Q&A sessions! As always, if you have any suggestions for stories or questions that we should cover, please feel free to send me (or any other News Writer) a private message.

iconiatouchwiz

Those who bought any of the first 3 Honeycomb powered tabs are likely happy with the launcher. However, for those truly addicted to their Android devices due to the ability of customizing it and its behavior, it gets boring after a while. Since there are now other players in the field (Samsung), a not-so-new UI has emerged: TouchWiz UI. However, it is only available for the Galaxy Tab as it is part of the rom. Well, if you have an Acer Iconia A500 and would love to get some TouchWiz on it, you are in luck because XDA Recognized Developer m-deejay has successfully ported the Galaxy Tab rom over to the Iconia. Aside from a few bugs, which are currently being fixed, the port works really well. It includes features such as improved ext4 performance, Virtuoso CPU scaling scripts, 3G modem support via Huawei USB dongle, and much more. Up until yesterday, there was a bug where the rear camera would only shoot up to 3 MP. The good news is that this was fixed by the dev and can now shoot in all of its magnificent 5 MP glory.

Please try this one out if you have an Iconia and let the dev know if you find any bugs or if you have any suggestions.

- 100% stock Galaxy Tab 10.1 P7500
- Awesome TouchWiz UX
- Multilanguage
Improved EXT4 performance
Ultra Fast
- Virtuous CPU scaling scripts - READ MORE
- Deodexed
- Zipaligned
- 216-1200MHz default
- Photo Editor
- 3D Photo Browser
- Asus weather widget
- Busybox / Superuser
- 3G modem support (Huawei)
- Nano text editor support
- Bash command shell support
- and more

You can find more information in the port thread.

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iconia root

There are good and bad things about official updates for our devices. The good thing is that they come loaded with the latest OS versions (unless there are newer leaks), updated drivers, better apps, and many more things. The bad part is that more often than not, the updates come with patches for security holes that end up relocking our devices and thus we have to wait until someone can come up with a way to crack them again. It seems that non-phone devices like tabs also suffer from this predicament as it was seen by Iconia A500 users when the 3.1 update hit this past week. Luckily, the new lock did not last too long as it was quickly rooted once again. For those who decide to keep stock but do want all the root goodness in your, XDA member sc2k has posted a guide on how to accomplish this task. The way to root is very simple and it can be achieved as quickly as installing an apk and running it.

Please leave your feedback if this method worked for you.

This tool installs su and superuser.apk for stock HC 3.1

As the old root method does not work anymore I created this new tool.

You can find more information in the guide thread.

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A500

Last week, the Acer Iconia A500 was the lucky recipient of quite a few pieces of development work by various talented forum goers here on XDA. Perhaps the two most notable releases were ports of XDA member Koush‘s useful ClockworkMod Recovery and an Android 3.1 ROM originally meant for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer.

The ever popular recovery was ported by XDA forum member thor2002ro. However, for those who aren’t keen on using terminal on either the device itself or through ADB, forum member Euclid’s Brother has created a simple app, which automates the process… Take that, Father of Geometry!

With the blessings of thor2002ro, I bring you an easy to use app for installing his (or any other) recovery image.

It has his rev1.2 built-in, along with a Stock USA 1.141.07_COM_GEN1 recovery image. It can also install a recovery.img from the external sdcard.

It gives an option to backup your current image (for later rollback) and runs itsmagic (built-in) when it’s finished installing a recovery image.

Let me know if anyone finds any problems with it. I have not tried it under PRIMEE 1.4. But I have flashed between thors recovery and stock recovery several times using stock HC 3.0.1.

What to do with a shiny new recovery? Install a new ROM, of course! To that end, XDA  forum member Dexter_nlb was able to bring Android 3.1 to the A500 by porting the PRIME! v1.4 Honeycomb ROM, originally by Roach2010.

I have ported the PRIME v1.4 (honeycomb 3.1) rom to Iconia A500.. It originate from Asus early beta 3.1 release custom rom prime v1.4 here by Roach2010
We are still waiting for the kernel source, so limits of a stock kernel apply, which is one, using the new feature PS3 controller joypad’s. Until source is out, these functions are missing.

Fun times await A500 owners out there. Be sure to check out the recovery and ROM threads (and automated recovery installer app post) to get your fill.

[Thanks brunsbanjo and Egzthunder1 for the tips!]

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It looks like Honeycomb tablets are finally beginning to make their way into the market, right after Motorola broke the ice with the Xoom. The second available bee-droid equipped device to hit the market was the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer for which we added a forum a few weeks ago. Now, it is the time for the third incarnation of Honeycomb and it comes in the shape of the Acer Iconia A500 Tab. This device is very similar in terms of specs to the Asus one (minus the keyboard and a few other things). It comes equipped with dual cameras, 1 GHz Tegra dual core processor, 1 GB DDR2 RAM, and much more. The best part is that as per an article that we published a bit earlier today, it has joined the ranks of the rooted. Needless to say, there is still a lot to do before full customization can take place, but at least you will be able to have Superuser and Busybox in your device.

Do you have one yet? If so, please leave some feedback or if you find out how to do something cool with it, please share your findings.

You can visit the Acer Iconia A500 home on XDA here.

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Acer Iconia Tab A500 Rooted!

April 29, 2011   By:

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Merely days after its release earlier this month, Acer’s Iconia A500 Android Honeycomb tablet has been rooted! The tablet, which features a unique Acer UI skin, front and back facing cameras, and a 1GHz dual-core Tegra2 processor, will now allow superuser permissions as a result of some clever work from XDA member monki-magic (original post here)

This was achieved by using XDA moderator  Chainfire‘s newly released Gingerbreak rooting tool.

 

As many of you will know, the rooting process is a stepping stone on the way to completely customising the device’s software. To have this achieved so quickly can only mean good things for the developmental future of the Iconia Tab.

To find out for yourself how to root the A500, read the instructions in this thread, created by Slowie911.

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