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ASUS said today that the Transformer Pad, Transformer Prime and Infinity will be the lucky tablet winners to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. That’s it so far. ASUS says they’re still deciding on other devices though. The other day they said on their German Facebook page that the Eee Pad Slider and Transformer would be getting Jelly Bean too. Does that mean it’s not final? As to when the updates will roll, no time frame was given. Hit the break for the full statement.

Here is the full statement from ASUS:

Dear valued ASUS customer,

At ASUS, one of the key commitments we make to our customers is a relentless drive to deliver the best user experience. We constantly strive to achieve this goal through our ‘Design Thinking’ philosophy that includes regular software and firmware updates for our products.

We are pleased to announce that many of our tablet products are scheduled to receive an update to Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. The ASUS Transformer Pad, ASUS Transformer Pad Prime and ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity are all scheduled to receive Android 4.1 updates in the coming months. We will provide further guidance on our expected timeframes for these updates near their release.

We are still investigating Jelly Bean updates for other devices, but we are not in a position to confirm whether any other products will be eligible for an update at the moment.

Thank you for your continued support.

ASUS

source: Android Central



Original Eee Pad Transformer receives minor update

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2012 - Tuesday Comments Off

Amidst all of the criticism aimed at many of the top Android manufacturers surrounding software updates, there is one company that has been pretty much on point since day one and that’s Asus. Whether it be minor bug-fixes or the roll out of Android 4.0, Asus has been consistently prompt and hassle free.

With the Transformer Prime getting a lot of love recently it’s the original TF101 that’s ready for a refresh this time around. The Android version is 4.0.3 and the build is 9.2.1.21. The update is a minor one bringing some optimisation, bug fixes and most importantly it solves the UI lag many users have been suffering. Asus has provided a changelog listing the following improvements :
 

Improves system stability
Improves email stability
Improves AppBackup App
Improves MyLibrary stability
Supports Wi-Fi Direct
Supports unzip in File Manager
Add restore tab function in Browser

Perhaps it’s the impressive dedication to timely updates that scored Asus the gig as manufacturer of the first official Nexus tablet. Now what are you waiting for, fire up your Transformer and hit that ‘check now’ button as the update is already rolling out. Let us know your thoughts on the latest update in the comments below.

 

source: Android Community

 

 



ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Receives New Software Update, Likely To Fix Various Bugs

Posted by wicked March - 14 - 2012 - Wednesday Comments Off

Well it looks like ASUS is right on cue as always. After previously releasing the coveted ICS update for the original Transformer tablet, the manufacturer realized the update was prematurely released, encountered numerous bugs like random reboots and had since promised it was working on a fix that would be released soon. Well soon is here folks and they have begun rolling out software build IML74K.US_epad-9.21.17-20120312 which will hopefully alleviate some of the bugs that were plaguing the device since the original ICS software update.

If you’ve received the update, let us know how it works out for you and tell us if you see any improvements in the Comments section below or better yet– our Forums. Happy updating!

Thanks Kyle!



You can’t be a good deal. Well you can when you make it one hell of a deal. The folks at Newegg are doing so by having a sale right now where you can get a refurbished Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) and Keyboard dock for the steal of a price of $329.99. Normally you’re looking at getting this combination for around $500+ brand new. As you all know when you get the device you’ll get a chance to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich and depending on when you get it Asus should have the kinks worked out. I recommend jumping on this deal for this amazing tablet and dock as it’s surely to sell out quickly. Hit the source below to get in on this amazing deal.

source: Newegg



If you guys are like me, then you spammed the Check Update option on your original Transformer for the ICS update that was available Late-February. While I fell in love with my tablet all over again because of the update I noticed that as the days progressed my tablet would randomly reboot itself. Sometimes it would reboot it four – five times in a row before it would stay on. Then about an hour later it would reboot itself yet again. While it never rebooted in the middle of using it, watching it reboot itself randomly became rather frustrating. Heck, sometimes it would look up in the middle of a boot cycle. It appears that I am not in the minority with these experiences. Other users are reporting lock-ups during reboots,  and other various bugs as well.

Like the Transformer Prime update and its update problems Asus has taken to announcing that a fix is in the works for the original Transformer ICS update. While users have reported that uninstalling apps, updating widgets and factory resets have helped, this is not a good premise for Asus; especially considering their Hopes to have the next Nexus device and the first roll out of Jelly Bean. Asus writes in regards to the TF101 issues:

“Thank you to everyone who has given us feedback regarding the ICS TF101 update.We apologise for the issues some users have been experiencing and we’d like to assure you all that we are working on a fix. We don’t have an exact date for release yet but we’re aiming for early next week.”

They also had this to say:

“The issues been experienced are down to such a wide variety of reasons that there isn’t one interim solution. We’ve heard of users finding successful solutions through factory resets, wiping rogue apps and deleting/updating widgets though.”

Hopefully this update will arrive next week if all goes according to plans. Are any of you folks out there having these issues? If so, sound off in the comment section below or hit the forums to have an in-depth discussion. Stay tuned as we will update you as to when the update will hit for sure.

source: Eurodroid



Asus North America Announces that ICS Will Roll Out Tomorrow for Original Transformer

Posted by wicked February - 23 - 2012 - Thursday Comments Off

Well we brought to you news earlier today that Asus had started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original Transformer in Taiwan. We told you that other markets would see the update sometime soon after that. Well for those of you in North America have I some good news for you. Asus has taken to their Facebook page to announce that we will see ICS roll out for us starting tomorrow. The post also mentioned that the Slider will be the next device to get an official ICS update but they don’t know when. Short and sweet, here is what they said:

While this is certainly good news as most folks have been patiently waiting since January with the roll out of ICS for the Transformer Prime and the previous announcement that the original would see it this month. It also puts to rest the rumor that the update would be pushed back into March. I will be spamming the check update button in the settings menu when I wake up tomorrow, what about you folks?

 

source: Asus’ Facebook Page



ASUS Transformer getting OTA update — not ICS but brings HDMI improvements

Posted by wicked December - 27 - 2011 - Tuesday Comments Off

Yes this is the original ASUS Eee Pad Transformer and not the illusive Prime we are all waiting for still. Today ASUS appears to be rolling out yet another update for the popular slate. Sadly this is not Ice Cream Sandwich but this is another quick update that shows just how committed they are to keeping on track of updates and bug fixes. I wish others were this fast but that is just wishful thinking.

We have seen more than a few updates in the recent past from ASUS including the Android 3.2 and 3.2.1 Honeycomb updates, not to mention fixes for the dock and more. Other Manufacturers like Samsung haven’t been quite as speedy with updates and I’m glad to see ASUS keeping up the pace — hopefully ICS comes next.

This update is rolling out now and users can get it from the ASUS update app or check for updates now on their own devices. Looking for a change log we don’t seem to be finding much. According to sources this update will bring extended support for HDMI and HDTV’s, update pre-installed applications, fix some input lag, some performance improvements and maybe even laying some groundwork for the Android 4.0 ICS update that is coming early next year.

Hit check for updates and let us know how everything goes and if you notice anything new and different.

[via AndroidOS.in]

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Original Asus Eee Pad Transformer gets an early ICS port

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2011 - Friday Comments Off

The fancy new Transformer Prime gets all the attention at the moment, and rightly so. But if you’re hanging on to your original Asus Eee Pad Transformer, or picking up a cheap one in a sweet Black Friday deal, you might want to have a look at this. The Transformer is joining the swelling ranks of phones and tablets with an early version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, made possible by the recently released open-source code.

This build of Android is very early indeed, currently lacking audio and being generally slow and buggy. But most of the other important hardware works, including WiFi and Bluetooth, making a full demonstration possible. YouTube user BumbleDroid shares credit for the work between himself, the CyanogenMod and AndroidRoot.mobi teams and a few other developers.

Watch it in action below:

Asus has promised an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for the original Transformer, in addition the the quick update for the forthcoming Transformer Prime. Nvidia even showed the new software running on the Tegra 3 hardware in a video last week. But we all know it can take a while for manufacturers to get the lead out, and community-built ROMs have their own advantages. The build should be significantly improved in the coming weeks.

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ASUS Transformer Prime heads through the FCC, Tegra 3 revealed in teardown [Update]

Posted by wicked November - 2 - 2011 - Wednesday Comments Off

The soon to be released and instantly popular ASUS Transformer Prime quad-core tablet has just hit the FCC, I’m getting excited just thinking about it. We’ve already seen it in the wild a few times and now its making a quick pit stop at the FCC before heading to the shelves — and our hands.

We were hoping to learn a few new juicy details from the filing bud sadly that isn’t the case although we know plenty already. The Transformer Prime tablet will be just 8.9mm thin while packing the extreme power of the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Coming first with Android Honeycomb it will very quickly be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. First teased in a promo video by ASUS, then quickly followed with an official landing page to keep us all patiently waiting.

Most of the important details are hidden in secrecy in the filings, I was hoping to see some sort of HSPA+ or even LTE bands on board but they didn’t reveal anything of that nature sadly. First shown off by ASUS execs at AsiaD and said to be coming soon a recently leaked roadmap confirms the Transformer Prime will be officially announced November 9th. We should be seeing and hearing plenty about this awesome new flagship tablet from ASUS and NVIDIA in the coming days so be prepared for the power that is the Tegra 3, and stay tuned for more information.

Update: Thanks to wirelessgoodness we now have teardown pictures revealing the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, wireless capabilities and more all in the gallery below.

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[via Engadget]

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Asus roadmap leaked: Transformer Prime Nov. 9, more tablets in Q1 2012

Posted by wicked October - 31 - 2011 - Monday Comments Off

An internal document shedding some light on Asus’ upcoming Android plans tells us a little more about the quad-core Eee Pad Transformer Prime, and that two “hero products” will be launching next spring. In between revenue results and media coverage, the presentation mentions a November 9th launch for the Transformer Prime – already confirmed by an Asus executive – and notes that Asus has shipped 1.6 million units of the original Transformer and the Eee Pad Slider.

The document (PDF link) tells us a lot of what we already know about the Transformer Prime. Like its predecessor it will have an optional keyboard attachment, essentially making it an Android netbook when equipped. The Prime is following in the design footsteps of Asus’ Zenbook line of laptops, leading the company to note its “Beauty/Fashion” appeal. The most interesting tidbit in the presentation comes near the end, when Asus notes that the Transformer Prime is “Leading in quad core & ICS”. That’s a definite indication that the Prime will be the very first Ice Cream Sandwich tablet when it launches, though it could also mean that Asus is simply planning a quick update.

The Transformer Prime is exciting in its own right, but what about those “hero products” slated for Q1 2012? An update to the Eee Pad Slider is possible, but might not be all that likely: the integrated keyboard tablet sold only a fraction of the volume of the Transformer. A more exciting possibility is that Asus is finally preparing a retail release for its Padfone concept device. With Ice Cream Sandwich bridging the gap between Android’s smartphone and tablet development arms, the time is right for the smartphone/tablet dock form factor to make its grand entrance.

[via NotebookItalia, NetbookNews.de]

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