New system update available

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  1. PeteDee

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    Just downloaded it OTA.

    Now showing version 3.0.1

    Two problems I was having on my A500 appear to be fixed, the random keys input and Google Sky are fixed. Still showing the battery using cell standby on a wireless only A500.

    Cheers.

    Pete
     
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    The honeycomb version on the iconia has always been 3.0.1, what should change is your build number.
     
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    Cool, thanks for that.

    In that case build number is Acer_A500_1.139.04_COM_GEN1

    Cheers.

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    Wait, I thought 3.1 was rolling out. Why are people getting updates to 3.0.1"
    And PeteDee, what country are you in?
     
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    I got the update a few days ago in Australia, on the day 3.1 was released but it was not the 3.1 update... I have since read that Acer will be releasing Honeycomb 3.1 in June.

    As a side note, I'm pretty new to the Android world and I donlt really understand why different machines get OS updates at different times... If Honeycomb 3.1 is available why can't it be installed on any machine rather than waiting for my machine's manufacturer to release it? Not necessarily a criticism, I just don't get it!
     
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    Ah, thanks for clearing that up. I was confused.


    Its because for speed, security, and small size, most of the drivers are embedded into the OS, rather than called as dynamically loaded modules like you would find in a computer. At this time, Amdroid is still largely built as a monolithic OS.

    As such, each vendor has to get the source, recompile and link in their own drivers for each model. Different storage controllers, screen drivers, bluetooth chips, wifi chips, USB controllers, etc.

    Some smaller fixes can be released as binary patches, but most new versions of Android need a whole re-load of the OS.
    Sometimes these patches are just loaded after the main software is up and running, (patch before running) sometimes they actually replace portions of the OS in the Read Only Memory.

    I suspect the 3.0.1 update you mentioned is just a binary patch to fix some of the things people have mentioned.

    This is both good and bad. The good part is you don't get an OS update that leaves you high and dry with a non-working camera or something. This sort of thing happens to Windows users and sometimes Linux users as the OS is upgraded but no drivers exist for some peripherals (like printers) and everybody *****es. The manufacturer has to build a release in its entirety, and test it. You usually get a much better product this way.

    The bad part is you wait a little bit longer.
     
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    Not yet for 3.1, later in June.

    In Australia, WiFi only, 32Gb A500.

    Cheers.

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