Acer has confirmed that both the A500 and A100 will be receiving there Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades on April 27th. The upgrades are being pushed out in the US and Canada on the same day for the A500, with the A100 getting it’s upgrade on May 3rd and Latin American getting it 2 days before hand. There is no word on when the update is coming for Europe, but should be too long before it’s land over here aswell.
The devices use identical hardware and the upgrade should be a smooth as possible. There is always the small chance of few bugs. There is currently no plan to upgrade the A501. However you can easily expect a custom rom for the device shortly after release of the firmware upgrade for the A500 as they are identical in hardware bar the 3G modem.