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ART Runtime Mode for Acer A1~810 with KitKat OS July 26, 2014

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This is a review after the most recent Kitkat OS update on the Acer A1~810 tablet that’s running on Android RunTime (ART).
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Readers who are just wondering what it means may go to the device’s SETTING 〉 About Tablet 〉 Developer Options 〉 Select Runtime and set it to ART mode instead of Dalvik (default). Then remember to reboot system. This ART runtime is only available on Kitkat OS.

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My Acer A1~810 runs extremely smooth on the ART mode after i set it and just runs everything (all apps) thrown at it.
It is like a brand new tablet with powerful OS.

Benchmark tests as follows:

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I remain on the ART runtime mode and very happy with quite extensive tests on apps on my device. So far no issue at all. Video, camera, Youtube, Map, Wifi, Web browsing, games (Riptide GP, Temple Run 2, Fast Racing, Fruit Ninja, etc. etc.) and user interface are fluid with app opening and close.
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Web browsing/Youtube is a breeze…

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UI on ART remains a pleasant experience…

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It is very Apparent that Acer engineers had done great job on the software optimization for Kitkat OS update on Acer A1~810 firmware update, including fixing any potential issues about switching to ART runtime mode. The same cannot be said for other manufacturers when Kitkat and updates are introduced.
Look at what happens to others ~
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Conclusion:

Acer has executed the Kitkat update (for Acer A1~810) perfectly and the bonus of having smooth ART runtime mode.

Google Now Home Launcher runs efficiently on the device (including on ART) if you download it.

If you have the Acer A1~810 already updated with KitKat 4.4.2, swtich over to the ART Android runtime NOW! 

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Review of Acer A1~810 On Android 4.4.2 KitKat July 22, 2014

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After 5 days of updated my Acer A1~810 to the KitKat 4.4.2 from its original out of the box Android 4.2.2, here’s a more detailed assessment of the updated OS (firmware).

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(1)The camera software is improved. Response is faster than before when on the Jelly Bean. More features are incorporated by Acer.

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(2)Google Chrome web browsing is much more efficient and speedy uploading of web pages including some heavy ones like Techradar. This is a clear~cut improvement comes with KitKat OS. Now i started to use Chome more than 3rd party web browsers.

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(3)Google Now apk can be downloaded and it works exactly like the Nexus and Google Edition devices. It means you only need to swipe to the far left homepage to reveal full page of Google Now cards/information and voice command “OK Google” on all the home screens.

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(4) Smooth and speedier handling of app opening and switching. The benchmark (Quadrant) of overall cpu and memory operations has improved much, by a huge margin.

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(5)Games performance generally smoother. No more lapses on games such as Temple Run2, Dead Triggers and car racing games. You can feel that the pace is much faster.

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Above: updated Acer camera software produces better image composition on 5MP.

TIPS: 
Come with the KitKat OS update, if you did not go for full Reset of data/caches, and if you do experience some Google Apps forced close or lag issues; simply uninstall the affected  APPS and reinstall them again. This will solve the problems.
The optimization of software through this update is considered perfect.

Examples: This happened on my Google Map and Youtube app. After the above reinstallation process there’s no more issue.

Overall conclusion:  This is definitely a most welcomed firmware update for Acer A1~810 tablet. Thank you, ACER.

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Acer A1~810 Tablet Update To Kitkat 4.4.2 July 17, 2014

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Great news! Acer A1~810 tablet users.
The impossible has just happened today (17 July 2014) ~ an OTA update of firmware Android 4.4.2 Kitkat for the 7.9″ MediaTech 1.2 GHz quad~core tablet.

This tablet was launched early last year and nobody would expect the update to Kitkat at this hour. Read the following blog post:
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BUT IT HAPPENS! The Kitkat has arrived on Acer A1-810.
Well done, Acer.

The firmware 4.4.2 is about 250+ MB large. The process of download and installation took at least 15 mins including Android upgrade and apps optimization.

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At the end of it, any good for this tablet to receive such a late update from JB 4.2.2 to Kitkat 4.4.2 ?
The answer: YES, YES YES.

While i am still finding out more details after the update, here are some obvious results:
1.  Improve in speed & fluidity of UI and apps.
2.  Camera speed (faster response).
3.  Clear indications of memory and CPU (software) optimization.

Below are greatly improved benchmark of Antutu and Quadrant test.

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Above: before update to Kitkat

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Above: after update

Quadrant:

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Above: before update

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Above: after update

The Quadrant benchmark in particular, shows a great improvement (memory management, software optimization) over what was before this Kitkat update.

Not all Android devices are optimized that much when update from Jelly Bean to Kitkat, especially this is on a MediaTech chipset. This is no mean feat.

Conclusion:
Acer engineers have done their homework and implement the update for Acer A1~810 very well. It is better to be late than to have it half~baked. Thank you Acer. 

Review: Sony Xperia M2 Has Good Camera July 16, 2014

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By:  The New Owner
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Many of you who want to buy the new Xperia M2 mid~range smartphone would have read about some of the “reputable reviews” …

Everything seems to be alright with this phone except some reviews stated that its camera is disappointing. Let me tell you that this is Not Quite True.

If you forget that this M2 comes with a manual mode then you may be disappointed with its camera. However if you start to discover the usefulness of M2’s Manual Mode settings, you will be delighted.
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The above three photos were shot with the M2 set in Manual Mode (under low light condition, no flash was used). Go play with the various settings including Backlight Correction, ISO, SoftSnap, etc. etc. to find the most suitable light exposure and contrast for your photographic conditions.
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If you simply rely on Superior Auto (lazy mode) mode then, i must say that not all the time you can get good shots.

This phone (M2) requires you to “play” with camera settings more than other devices. It has potential to give you very satisfying and beautiful pictures. Of course, don’t expect it to be of equal standards compared with devices that cost many times more or the Z2 with 20MP camera.

Below are shots using Superior Auto (lazy) mode, it still turns out decently.

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The Sony Xperia M2, in my opinion, combines great UI and app optimization with long~lasting battery life and as proven, a good camera for its price range.
So don’t take in everything the review reports say. Actual user experience still counts.