ASUS has started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the first-generation Padfone, which the company had unveiled at last year’s Mobile World Congress.
The Jelly Bean update for the original Padfone will bring with it Project Butter, Google Now, enhanced voice recognition with offline voice-to-text support, and minor UI improvements. ASUS has also taken this opportunity to tweak the camera performance and application, and bundled in an improved File Manager and support for NTFS and FAT formatted microSD cards.
ASUS is not really known for rolling out software updates to its devices via OTA, and the hefty Android 4.1.1 JB update for the original Padfone needs to be downloaded from the Taiwanese marker’s website.
It was only last month that ASUS had unveiled the PadFone Infinity at MWC in Barcelona. While the Padfone coupled with its docking accessory, now known as the FonePad, is really a nice idea, ASUS has consistently failed to execute it properly with limited availability of the handset(s) and extremely high prices.
Via – Android Central
Asus has started rolling out an OTA update for its phone than can transform into a tablet, which can then be transformed into an Ice Cream Sandwich running laptop – the Padfone. The new software update (v18.104.22.168) brings with it a number of bug-fixes and enhancements, along with a minor bump in the Android version to 4.0.4.
The OTA update does bring some notable improvements like the support for 64GB microSD cards, improved battery life, better stability and performance, better camera performance/quality and much more. Below is the full change-log of the update -:
- System upgrade to Android 4.0.4
- Elevate system stability and optimize the operating performance
- Optimize Dynamic Display Switch (DDS) performance
- Optimize power consumption
- Optimize Camera performance and quality
- Message / Email edit function improvement
- Group Edit
- Email update frequency, “peak time” and “Off peak time” setting feature added.
- Optimize Input method
- SD card support to 64GB
- Super Note function added
- Reset the password
- Hand Writing Recognition Speed
- Device tracking and data protection support.
Padfone owners can either manually pull the OTA update from under Settings -> About -> System Firmware Update -> Check Update or by manually downloading and installing the firmware from Asus website.
Via – Android Police
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.
When the rumors of the new Asus PadFone first started circulating, the first thought that came to my mind was how weird the name was – PadFone? Seriously?
But now it all makes sense. Today, Pocketnow leaked some images of the rumored Asus PadFone which will probably be launched at Computex 2011.
It is a very interesting concept – an Android smartphone which can be docked in a tablet. The phone seems to have a standard touchscreen design and can be docked within a tablet. The tablet will be powered by the phone and will also have an opening to use the phone’s camera.
It should be powered by a 1 GHz dual core Tegra 2 processor and have 1 GB RAM, like the Asus EEEPad transformer. It will likely run Android 3.0 Honeycomb on the tablet, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the phone. This device would be the perfect launchpad for Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but the possibility is quite remote.
Again, it’s a very interesting form factor, and if priced well, it should sell like hot cakes. Asus has made a great comeback with the Asus EEEPad Transformer, and even the Asus PadFone seems to be a great device. We should see more details as Computex 2011 starts. Stay tuned.