Asus has started rolling out (again!) a new software update for the original Transformer (TF101) that improves the stability of the device, and adds some new features. The update mainly aims at improving the overall performance and stability of the device, along with fixing the random FCs and reboot issues that were plaguing many Transformer owners post the Ice Cream Sandwich update.
Below is the change-log of the update -:
- 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
The update is already live in most regions of the world, and most of the Transformer owners have already got the OTA update notification on their tablet. Asus is perhaps the only Android tablet maker out there that continuously pushes out software updates for its devices. In fact, I don’t think any other company has rolled out so many software updates for any of their product(s) throughout its lifetime as much as Asus has done for the Transformer and Transformer Prime in just a few months.
Kudos to Asus for their continuous support and top-notch Android tablets! Hopefully, the company will be able to provide some stiff competition to Apple’s iPad in the tablet market sooner than later.
The Asus Transformer Prime, launched late last year, is un-arguably the best Android tablet in the market right now. Not only does the device run on the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich – it also packs in a powerful quad-core Tegra 3 processor from Nvidia. The build quality, battery life and the camera of the device, and most importantly, its pricing were also top-notch. However, the Transformer Prime was plagued with poor GPS performance and Wi-Fi issues soon after its launch.
Later on, Asus identified the poor GPS performance of the tablet a design flaw, and removed GPS as a feature from the official spec sheet of the handset. The company tried its best to improve the GPS reception of the tablet by rolling out numerous software updates, but that only improved matters to a certain extent.
Now, Asus has gone a step further and will be providing all Transformer Prime owners with a free GPS dongle. The GPS dongle is already being tested by some testers, and they are happy with how well the dongle goes with the Prime. All Prime owners need to register over at Asus website’s to be eligible for the free dongle though.
The folks over at Android Police have also confirmed that the newer builds of the Transformer Prime have received tweaks, which improve the Wi-Fi performance of the device and bring it on par to its predecessor’s (original Transformer).
Remember the new incoming firmware update for the Asus Transformer Prime that was going to bring “awesome” new features to the tablet? Well, Asus has started rolling out the new software update for Prime owners to enjoy.
The new update (v188.8.131.52) brings includes changes like the ability to access the notification bar from the lock screen, an updated version of Asus Vibe with a new UI and more content, the ability to update the camera firmware independently, the ability to select portrait or landscape mode while viewing content over HDMI via the Prime.
One of the most important and requested features by Prime owners is the support for Ad-hoc Wi-Fi networks. Post this update; Prime owners can also connect their tablet to the Internet by using the Ethernet cable. You need the USB to Ethernet to plug-in the Ethernet cable though. Other than this, the update also includes the new re-branded Google apps, including the Google Play Music, Play Store, Play Books and Play Movies.
While the update does bring some nice new features, none of them are really “awesome” enough. Nevertheless, kudos to Asus for continuously pushing software updates to the Transformer Prime.
Asus Transformer Prime owners, here is a surprise for you! Earlier today, Asus announced via its Facebook page that it would soon be releasing a new firmware update for the Prime with “awesome new features”. The company did not reveal much information as to what these awesome new features are, so it’s anybody’s guess at the moment.
The Asus Transformer Prime was released last year, and was the successor to the original Transformer. It was also the first tablet available to the public to use a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. However, soon after its launch the Prime was plagued with GPS and Wi-Fi issues which made a dent in its sale. The company however has since then released numerous software updates to improve the GPS performance of the device. The Prime was also among the first Android tablets to get updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, ahead of the Motorola XOOM.
Unlike other Android tablet makers, who simply release a tablet and then release either maintenance update or Android OS updates, it is nice to see Asus taking a different approach. No wonder the company is aiming to be the number 1 Android tablet maker!
Samsung is currently the top Android tablet maker, thanks to its assortment of Galaxy tablets of various hardware configurations and sizes. However, Asus is aiming to become the top non-Apple tablet maker.
Asus has seen some amount of success with the Transformer and Transformer Prime tablets, which have been appreciated for their innovative form factors. It is rumored to be the manufacturer of the upcoming Google Nexus tablet, which will be a budget Android tablet priced at $149 to $199.
With the Nexus tablet, Google plans to regain control of budget tablet market, which is currently dominated by Amazon and Chinese tablet manufacturers who don’t use Google’s official version of Android, contributing to further Android fragmentation.
While Apple dominates the tablet market by a huge margin, there is no other competitor with a significant market share. With the Nexus tablet and Google’s backing, Asus has a good chance of becoming the #2 tablet maker globally.
Microsoft also plans to launch Windows 8 by summer 2012, with devices launching starting October 2012. It will probably compete with Apple in the premium tablet segment, as there is unlikely that any manufacturer will launch $200 Windows 8 tablets, at least initially.
It’s interesting how most tablet makers are realistically aiming for the number two spot in the tablet market. With Apple’s brilliant operational setup and economy of scale, it is almost impossible to beat it on price while offering a tablet nearly as good as the iPad, even if they sacrifice Apple’s generous profit margin.
Ok, right after the rumor last week that Google had chosen Asus to build the Nexus tablet, with which it plans to dominate the tablet market at least in terms of market share, here’s a new one: Google is aiming to launch the Nexus tablet for as low as $149.
Apparently, the Nexus tablet will be a lower spec’d version of the Asus MeMo 370T, the $249 quad core Android tablet which was unveiled at CES 2012 and had all of us drooling over the price/performance ratio.
However, instead of the quad core Tegra 3 processor, the Nexus tablet will be powered by a cheaper processor, to bring costs down.
The Nexus Tablet may be announced at the Google I/O 2012 event in June, or at the CTIA Wireless show in May. It’s likely to ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but if the rumors stating that Google may launch Android 5.0 Jelly Bean at Google I/O 2012 are true, then it could very well come with Jelly Bean.
It may be no iPad killer, but the Nexus tablet may be just the device that Google is looking for to finally give it some control over the tablet space which is currently ruled by Apple. The Nexus tablet may come just in time before the launch of Windows 8, which will be Microsoft’s first serious attempt to enter the tablet space.
Everyone and his grandmother has heard this rumor by now, which states that Google is apparently working on a 7 inch Android tablet to capture market share in the budget tablet space and prevent Amazon, as well as Chinese manufacturers, both of which it has no real control over, from dominating the space.
Even though the rumor has been reported by Digitimes, whose track record could inspire a sequel to “Dumb and Dumber”, it does seem to be a likely move by Google. Android tablets have been getting slaughtered in any price point even remotely close to the iPad, mostly because of one reason – they suck.
If Google wants to enter the tablet space and gain market share, it would have to use a similar strategy to the one it used in the smartphone market – targeting the budget conscious consumers.
According to the rumor, Google is working with Asus to launch a 7 inch tablet (we’re not sure whether it will be christened the Nexus Tablet) which will be priced at $199 to $249.
Apparently, Google chose Asus because HTC wasn’t willing to impair its brand image with cheap tablets, Acer didn’t have the in-house R&D capability, and Samsung can’t seem to design any tablet which doesn’t look like a rip-off of the iPad (OK, the last part may not really be the reason why it didn’t choose Samsung, but it’s the first thing that comes to mind).
The Google-Asus tablet will presumably run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will be the first tablet to use the Google Play Store which was unveiled earlier this week.
Along with a higher-end version of the Transformer Prime, the Infinity Pad, Asus also unveiled a lower-end version known as the Transformer Pad 300. The Pad 300 is similar to the original Transformer Prime, but with a few minor yet important changes. First and foremost, the Pad 300 has a normal IPS display with a resolution of 1280×800, instead of the Super IPS+ display found on the Prime and the Pad.
Internally, the Pad 300 is same as the Transformer Prime and comes with a Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.3GHz, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage space. Other key features include a microSD card slot, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and the usual bunch of sensors. There is also a 8MP snapper at the back, and a 1.3MP camera in the front of the tablet, which is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. The tablet will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out-of-the-box.
The Pad 300 can last up to 10 hours on a single charge, while the optional keyboard dock can extend the battery life to 15 hours. The company did not mention anything about the pricing or the availability of the Pad 300 so its anyone guess at the moment.
Along with the Asus Padfone, Asus announced yet another tablet similar to the original Transformer Prime (TF201), the Infinity Pad. The company has also renamed its Eee Pad Transformer Brand to just Transformer Pad.
The Transformer Pad Infinity comes with a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display with a whopping 1920×1080 resolution. While the Wi-Fi variant of the Infinity Pad use an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, the 3G/4G version will come with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and an Adreno 225 GPU. The internal battery capacity has also been increased by more than 10% to outset the increase in screen resolution. There is the same 8MP F/2.2 aperture camera on the back of the Pad as one the Prime, and a 2MP snapper in the front. The usual bunch of sensors and connectivity features will also be present.
Like the original Prime, the Infinity Pad also has an aluminium body with a plastic strip running across the top of the tablet that acts as a R/F window. This R/F window will make sure that the Infinity Pad does not have the same GPS and Wi-Fi issues as the Transformer Prime.
The Infinity Pad will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box whenever it hits the retail market at an unknown price.
Asus has finally officially unannounced the much teased Padfone here at MWC in Barcelona. This 4.3-inch Pad’fone’ packs in a Super-AMOLED display with qHD (960×640) display in a 9.2mm thin body, a blazing fast Qualcomm S4 Krait processor clicked at 1.5GHz, an Adreno 225 GPU, an 8MP camera with an aperture size of F/2.2 aided by an LED flash, and a VGA camera in the front.
There is also 1GB of RAM, 16 to 64GB of storage space thanks to a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, a gyroscope, HSPA+ (up to 42Mbps), WCDMA and a 1520mAh battery. The phone runs on stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out-of-the-box thankfully!
The ‘Pad’fone part is a tablet like accessory which transforms the Padfone into a tablet. The phone will slide into this optional accessory, and will become a full blown tablet with a 10.1-inch screen. There is also a stylus (!) THAT helps users in drawing random stuffs on the screen, taking notes and for receiving calls. Yes, the stylus can double up as a headset for users to receive calls!
The company did not mention anything as to when the Padfone and its accessory will hit the market or how much it will cost.