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Overclock Acer Iconia A500 Honeycomb Tablet To 1.6Ghz On Android 3.1

The Acer Iconia is beginning to show off some real muscle, and this new Unity V1 kernel by XDA-Developers forum member m-deejay – which takes your Iconia to a brilliant 1.6Ghz – is testimonial to that. It wasn’t too long ago that the famous ClockworkMod custom recovery was ported to this Honeycomb tablet, so kernels like these that can be flashed via ClockworkMod recovery, are only the start of things to come. So if youve recently gotten your hands on an Iconia and want to rev up the clock on that thing, read on after the break to learn more about this kernel and what it offers, as well as how you can install it on the Iconia.

This kernel is meant for Iconia’s running Android 3.1 Honeycomb and not intended for 3.0 based ROMs. The kernel has just been released and the feedback from the forum is insignificant to amount to an actual result. However, there have been no reports of a devices being bricked or messed up. You can see the features of the kernel below: image

  • Based on leaked Acer kernel source code.
  • Patched to .36.4.
  • Overclock up to 1.6Ghz (not recommended for everyday usage though. Keep at 1.5Ghz maximum.)
  • Tweaked Interactive governor.
  • CIFS.
  • HDMI output @ 1080p.
  • TUN.
  • SLQB.
  • V(R) I/O scheduler (default).
  • Improved EXT4 Performance.

Now that you understand what you’re dealing with here, let’s get this kernel installed on your Iconia!

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.



  1. To begin, copy the kernel you downloaded from the link above, to the root of your SD card.
  2. Once the file is copied, reboot your device into recovery mode. (Power off the device and hold the Power button and Volume down until text in the upper left corner appears. When it does, release the Volume down button.)
  3. Once in the recovery, make a NANDroid backup.
  4. Now, wipe cache and dalvick cache.
  5. Navigate to install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard and simply choose the ROM you copied to the device.
  6. Once the kernel is flashed, simply reboot your device.

That’s it, your Iconia should boot up running the new kernel. Use set CPU or any other overclocking app to set the Iconia’s frequency. For updates and queries, visit the forum thread at XDA-Developers.


  1. Try this one instead:
    A500 Kernel 1.15 « TegraOwners – Nvidia Tegra2 & MultiCore Tablets, Phones – ROM, Apps, News
    Boot with CWR, clear cache and Dalvik and then istall the above mentioned zip.
    Made the same mistake but now it´s rolling 1,5 Ghz.
    Good luck.

  2. “This kernel is meant for Iconia’s running Android 3.1 Honeycomb and not intended for 3.0 based ROMs.”

    This statemeant is a bit misleading. If you try to flash this kernel with a stock 3.1 you will be stuck at the acer screen. Wish someone would answer the question “Is it still possible to install the kernal for over locking without switching to a custom rom?” I dont want to switch to a custom rom either. Unless theres one thats FULLY functional. Everything Ive seen is give and take. You get some additions but you lose some ablilities

  3. Is it still possible to install the kernal for over locking without switching to a custom rom? I don’t like the keyboard and some UI features in his rom

  4. You need to download the stock kernal in xda under development and flash it the same way you did with this kernal.

  5. I have tried installing the kernel as instructed, but my Iconia freezes in bootup to “Acer” screen. Any ideas? My stock kernel is Acer_A500_4.010.44_COM_GEN1

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