Last Updated: Apr 18,2012
so what is the best "close to stock" ics rom out that actually works 100%?
I got ICS on the Nexus phone. It isn't too bad. I don't know and don't care whether or not it has face recognition. I'd never use it. It does freeze stuff you don't want which is tops in my book.
I agree. The ability to disable apps is one of the best things about ICS.
sooooooooo anyone know of any good roms that work?
so it seems they are announcing the update now.....and they say mid april!!! yay
[Update: More Info] Acer America Announces Android 4.0 Update For A500 And A100, Coming In Mid-April
mid april... this week?
i'll be patient till mid-may if nothing is coming before
That article was dated mid February.
And it appears they have no newer information. I'll bet the author was misled by the official statement of "TBA Mid-April".
So it's mid april Acer, where is my release of the release date?
Either way I'm just thankful for an update, even if it takes a couple of months.
Technically not "MID" until the 15th.
yea we all got the antz lmao
For those of you who are adventurous, the Lightspeed 4.4 ICS ROM seems to run pretty well for me on the A500 tablet. No problems so far since flashing it last night.
I'm still debating on whether I should wait or just root.
I suppose rooting is not for everyone. I first got into it for a very specific reason. The phone I had came with too small an amount of internal memory, and at that time it was running Eclair. Only when Froyo was pushed did the ability to move apps to SD come to us. So to gain Apps to SD capability at the time, the only option before me was to root the phone. I kept the stock OS for awhile, but eventually tried a ROM. It made the phone's performance faster and sleeker than it ever had with the stock OS. I even tried out overclocking.
When I got my current Droid X, I intended to just root it. These days I root for a different set of specific reasons. I like being able to make and restore Nandroid backups of the entire phone and its apps within a few minutes time. I have never found a stock OS app that has such features, and I don't think they exist. Also, along with that, I like the ability to access ALL the file structure for customization, to improve upon or eliminate certain stock aspects, like the insanely annoying Home key on the LG Ally slide out thumb board, which, placed right beside the backspace key, was constantly getting pressed unintentionally and dumping me completely out of an email or forum post as I was typing. It was maddeningly frustrating, not only just for me but for others who posted similar aggravation from it. Having root access allowed me to learn how to actually remap that key so that it became disabled.
The rooted Droid X seemed to be working well with the stock Froyo OS. But, it seems Motorola hosed the alarm notification feature when they pushed Gingerbread to the DX, and all my daily repeating alarms stopped being reliable. I was fortunate to have Voided Saint here on the Forums tell me he believed Cyanogen Mod 7 ROM actually addressed and fixed that issue, and he was totally right. My DX has not missed an alarm since I flashed CM7 months ago.
So, it was only natural to want to root my new A500 tablet when I got it. I wanted to continue making Nandroid backups. Once rooted, the installation or removal of custom ROMs becomes child's play, so trying them is quite easy. Honestly, I flashed Lightspeed 4.4 last night because I was bored. I had been running Thor's HC 3.2.1 ROM prior to this and it had no problems at all.
At this point, I like Lightspeed, but it's only been 1 day. However, once ICS does get pushed to the A500, I will still wait until the devs gain root access using it before I would want it anyway, because I don't want to give up the ability to make Nandroid backups. I wish all devices had that feature baked into them right from the factory. It is a great feeling of security to know even if something totally wipes out my device's files I can get them all back again within minutes (as long as the hardware hasn't failed somehow).
I posted this chat session in another thread as well, but it relates more to this one, so I'm putting it here. I'm not quite sure what the CSR meant for their last statement, but I was assuming it meant it would be announced, and then updated shortly after. He ended the chat session before I could ask unfortunately. It's nothing new really, just more detail on this situation.
Shipin Padmakumar: Hi, my name is Shipin Padmakumar. How may I help you?
Jamie: Hey Shipin, I just have one question.
Jamie: I have seen articles where Acer would be announcing the 4.0 update/ICS in April, could you please verify for me that the update is on the way?
Jamie: I am not in a rush, I've just heard talk of the A500 not receiving the update.
Shipin Padmakumar: I understand your concern.
Shipin Padmakumar: I understand that you would like to know the date of release of the ICS update for A500 tablet.
Shipin Padmakumar: Jamie, please refer the web link:
Acer Support - Answers, E-Mail, Chat - When will Android Operating System 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) be available for my Acer Android tablet?
Jamie: That would be nice to have a date, or a general idea would be fine. Mostly though I just want to make sure the A500 is going to receive the update.
Shipin Padmakumar: Yes, the A500 will get the update around April 15.
Shipin Padmakumar: Jamie, to conclude we have provided the information. If there are no additional questions on this topic, I will close the chat session.
Jamie: So it will receive an actual update, and not an announcement? I'm only asking because "TBA" generally states they will announce a date, but not necessarily release the update.
Shipin Padmakumar: The date will be announce around April 15, however it will be around the same date only.
im also guessing the uk wont be the first region to get the push. we might even have to wait a bit longer.
I followed Gan's lead and decided to chat with customer care. Like them i copied and pasted the convo:
Immanuel MM: Martin, if my understanding is correct you want to know the release date of the Ice Cream Sandwich update, am I correct?
Martin: yes, again i read the above link from the acer website and various forums that we should be getting the update "mid-April" well its mid-April and still there is no update that i can see
Immanuel MM: I understand your concern.
Immanuel MM: I will do my best to resolve the issue.
Immanuel MM: May I confirm that you are contacting from US?
Immanuel MM: Thank you for your confirmation.
Immanuel MM: Martin, I have checked in my database and found that the Ice Cream Sandwich update will be released between 19th April and 27th April 2012.
Martin: is that the for sure dates, because again, another agent has went on record saying that we should get the updates on the 15th
Immanuel MM: You can take my word.
Martin: thank you i appreciate it.
Immanuel MM: Our database has been updated now and now it is showing that the Ice Cream Sandwich update will be released between 19th April and 27th April 2012.
Martin: is there a link to that information?
Immanuel MM: Unfortunately we do not have any link contains that information.
Immanuel MM: Martin, to conclude I have provided you all the information. If there are no additional questions on this topic, I will close the chat session.
also just to be sure i called the acer customer care and the lady told me that the official date is April 19.
This week then? Looks like the A500 may win the race after all.
Anyone know when an update is available for Europe? Specifically, the Czech Republic?
Any one knows if we'll be updated according to the country of purchase or current IP location?
Notice that in the above chart, for the A500 it shows "to Start" on April 27 (not 19th). And of course "start" implies that not every A500 will see the update on 4/27.
yeah ive given up waiting with anticipation im now just waiting lmao
i know it'll get to the 21st and i'll find out its not pushed in the uk till next year lol
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