Last week Acer quietly announced that its proposed seven-inch Honeycomb tablet, the Iconia A100, would not be arriving in May as planned. A potential cause for the formerly unexplained delay has come out of the woodwork, and it’s a prime example of one of Android’s biggest flaws.
It has not been officially confirmed, but word has it that the Honeycomb software (optimized for larger devices) has not been getting along well with Acer’s hardware and seven-inch design. This would not be an unexpected cause, considering the difficulties presented by Android’s fragmentation.
When Honeycomb was released, it was unequivocally going to be tailored to tablets and their larger screens. Prior to Honeycomb, manufacturers had to use a 1.x or 2.x version of Android, which were meant primarily for smartphones and not quite suited to tablet dimensions.
Seven-inch devices would appear to be caught in between. Aside from the A100’s delay, the similarly-sized HTC Flyer (which TabletPCReview is currently thoroughly evaluating) launched with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
Honeycomb is viewed as the true tablet OS because, for all intents and purposes, it is. However seven-inch devices are having various difficulties using Android 3.0, putting them at risk of seeming outdated and less advanced. Google has announced plans to merge it OS’s when the great savior and unifier of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, arrives in Q4 of this year.
Acer has yet to set a new release date for the Iconia A100.