Acer’s Iconia Tab A100 delay – which the company confirmed would now launch in the second half of 2011, rather than this month as originally expected – is reportedly due not to hardware issues but how nicely Android 3.0 Honeycomb plays with 7-inch displays. According to DigiTimes‘ sources, Acer discovered that “many” of the Honeycomb-specific apps were incompatible with the 7-inch A100; meanwhile, the Iconia Smart 5-inch smartphone has also been delayed, it’s suggested.
Honeycomb-specific apps themselves are a relative rarity in the Android Market today, and so launching a product that could only run a subsection of that subsection could have seen Acer’s slate undermined out of the gate. Instead, the company has apparently decided to hold off on the A100 until August or September 2011, when Google has had a chance to turn its attention to addressing the outstanding issues.
As for the Iconia Smart, the oversized Android phone was meant to hit shelves sometime this month, but will now arrive in July. That’s down to component shortages as a result of the Japanese earthquake, the supply chain sources suggest.