ASUS has announced via its Facebook page that it will soon start rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) and Transformer Pad Prime (TF201). How soon? Within the next 72 hours!
The company has also released a change-log of the update, which is as follows -:
Upgrade OS from Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Default enable System Bar Lock
Add Multiple Photo Selection feature
Support Connect Dock (Accessory)
Remove Adobe Flash support
Remove Wi-Fi Direct function support
Remove Press Reader
The Jelly Bean update will bring with it improved system performance thanks to Project Butter, enhanced keyboard and Face Unlock, re-organised Settings menu, Google Now and updated Voice Actions and some minor UI tweaks.
ASUS definitely knows how to please its customers with constant software updates and timely OS upgrades. Companies like Samsung, Sony and HTC really need to take a lesson or two from ASUS in releasing timely updates.
Asus is the only OEM to have gained any traction in the tablet market except for Apple. The company’s Transformer line of tablets provide phenomenal battery life, and can act as a worth laptop replacement for quite a lot of people.
The company is also known for its robust software update, and is known to release regular updates for its tablets. In a pretty surprising move, Asus has started rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for one of its Transformer tablets, the TF300.
Surprising because no other company has managed to roll out an Android OS update within a month of the OS code going public. The Nexus 7 packs in the same SoC as the Transformer Pad 300, but even then Asus has done an excellent job here and has set the benchmark for other Android OEMs to follow. The OTA update is only available in North America at the moment, but should be slowly available to Pad 300 owners across the world.
Considering the similarilty between the other Transformer tablets, the Jelly Bean update for them should not be far away.
While majority of OEM makers have failed to capture the market with their Android tablets, Asus has had a runaway success with its Transformer series of Android tablets. The company had the most popular Android tablet in 2011 with the original Transformer, and this year looks no different with the Transformer Prime, Infinity and the recently released Nexus 7. One key reason behind Asus being successful in the tablet market is because of its ability to roll-out Android OS updates quickly for its devices, apart from regular software updates that the company rolls out.
However, rumors srtared rolling out over the last couple of days that Asus will not be upgrading the original Transformer to Jelly Bean. Rightfully so, this angered a lot of Transformer users since the TF101 has more than enough horsepower to run Jelly Bean smoothly. In a bid to keep its consumers happy and clear things up, Asus has gone ahead and confirmed via a comment on its Facebook page that its Transformer line-up of tablets will be getting the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. This includes the original Transformer, the Transformer Infinity, Eee Pad Slider and the Transformer Prime.
Looking at Asus past software update record, expect the Transformer tablets to be among the first Android devices to taste Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Asus has started rolling out another software update for its newly released Transformer Pad 300 tablet. Asus had rolled-out another software update for the Pad 300 last month, that mainly improved performance, fixed bugs and improved GPS.
The new software update also fixes some bugs, but is mainly targetted towards improving the camera performance of the device.
Below is the full change-log of the update -:
TF300T ICS v126.96.36.199
– SYSTEM – improve stability of Chrome browser
– SYSTEM – improve camera performance
– Pictures more colorful
– better audio- white balance(AWB) and auto-focus(AE)
– better continues-auto-focus (CAF)
– SYSTEM – fix the bug “wifi occasionally fail to connect after resume from suspend status”
– Appbackup – fix the bug “have to key-in password again after change screen orientation”
Asus is perhaps the only Android tablet manufacturer that has been successful with its Transformer series of tablets. The company has not only released quite a few Android tablets to cater to different budgets, but it make sures that it also continuously updates them and provides them with proper software support.
Back in 2011, when all Android tablets were barely able to make a dent in the iPad’s sales figure, the Asus Transformer did extremely well. The tablet, along with its keyboard dock, made a great alternative to a laptop or a small netbook. No wonder the Asus Transformer was the most popular Android tablet of last year.
Asus released the successor of the Transformer, the Transformer Prime, late last year which packed in a Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC, an aluminium unibody and was an overall better package. A few months fast forward to Mobile World Congress, and Asus unveiled three new Transformer branded tablets. The company also announced a new top of the line tablet, the Transformer Pad Infinity, that was similar to the Transformer Prime except for its full HD (1080p) display. More than two months have passed by since Asus announced the Infinity, and the tablet is still not available in the retail stores.
Now, it looks like Asus is all set to release another new variant of their Transformer tablet during Computex 2012. The latest teaser video from the company teases a new “transformation” will be announced by the company in Computex -:
I doubt Asus will be announcing a brand new Transformer tablet with some radical changes. If anything, they will announce the retail availability of the Transformer Pad Infinity.
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.
Good news Transformer owners! Asus has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original Transformer (TF101).
Below is the official statement from Asus on Facebook -:
Asus had initially stated that it will update the Transformer to Ice Cream Sandwich in January. However, the company had to push back the update to February for some unknown reason. Last week, it looked like the company was again delaying the ICS update for the Transformer, but thankfully Asus has managed to prove us wrong.
The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Transformer should bring in a noticeable improvement in the performance of the tablet, along with UI changes. The update is being rolled out via OTA, so a new software update notification should pop up on your Transformer sometime soon. The update is already live in the United States, and will go live in the United Kingdom from tomorrow.
With the Transformer’s ICS update rolling out, Asus is the only tablet manufacturer out there that has updated all its tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich. Motorola has only updated one variant of the XOOM to Ice Cream Sandwich, while Samsung is yet to update any of its tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich.
If you have root access on your Transformer, you can install the Ice Cream Sandwich update manually by following the instructions mentioned here.
Bad news Asus Transformer owners! Asus has today announced via its Facebook page that it will be delaying the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original Transformer. Asus had initially promised that it would be updating the Transformer to Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in February.
Below is the official statement from Asus -:
Dear fellow Asus members, we would like to say that we appreciate all the support we see in our Asus Facebook page every day. It makes our contributions worthwhile and fulfilling.
We are informed that the ICS upgrade for TF101 will be ready within the Feb/March 2012 period. You will be able to receive the upgrade notification via FOTA once we have a confirmation date.
We thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter
The statement above from Asus is quite vague, especially the time period in which the company will be rolling out the update. The company does not even mention as to why it has to push back the update, so it’s anyone guess at the moment!
I am assuming Asus delayed the OTA update, because it does not want users to face any stability issues like the Prime owners faced after updating their tablet to ICS.
Asus has announced via Twitter that it will be releasing the bootloader unlock tool for the Transformer Prime sometime in February. Asus had earlier confirmed that it will be releasing a bootloader unlock tool for the Prime, but did not exactly state when.
The ASUS Transformer Prime was one of the most anticipated tablets of 2011. The Prime was going to be the first tablet in the world to use a quad-core, technically five cores, processor – Tegra 3. Apart from the processor, the full aluminium body construction, the value for money the tablet offered, the screen and the developer support offered by the community, made the Prime truly desirable.
However, most of the Prime owners were in for a rude shock when they out that their tablet has a 128-bit encrypted bootloader. No one expected this move from Asus, considering the original Transformer came with an easily unlocked bootloader. After some negative criticism, Asus responded back saying it will be releasing a bootloader unlock tool for the Prime soon.
What companies like Asus and HTC need to realize is that developers don’t like to wait for an official tool/use an official tool to unlock their device bootloader. You need to ship it unlocked right from the factory. Quite a few developers have already shown cancelled their Prime purchase due to this.
Last week, Asus confirmed that it will be start rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Transformer Prime, which is the world’s first quad-core tablet, beginning from January 12th.
Now, the company has announced via its Facebook page that it will also be releasing the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original Transformer as soon as possible after it starts rolling out the ICS Prime update.
Below is the official statement from Asus -:
ICS 4.0 will be coming to existing Eee Pad Transformer TF101. Exact date TBC but we are working on making the FOTA update available a.s.a.p. after Jan 12th launch with Prime TF201.
Looking at how things are going, Asus will become the first Android tablet manufacturer to update its tablets to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. All other ‘big’ manufacturers like Samsung and Motorola should learn a lesson or two from Asus, on how to quickly update their devices to the latest version of Android.