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 has yet again started rolling out a new software update for its Transformer Prime tablet. The new update is a pretty minor one, and aims at fixing a few bugs along with adding the Face Unlock feature.
Below is the full change-l0g of the update -:
GPS dongle fix & local notification
Ethernet UI support to set Ethernet connect policy when screen off
Add system bar lock settings for showing/hiding system info
Enable Face Unlock feature
Support Bluetooth HDP
Third party app upgrade
Other bug fixes
The update is being rolled out in the form of a phased OTA update in certain regions of the world, so please be patient if you have not already received the update.
Ever since Asus launched the Transformer Prime late last year, the company has been working on supporting the tablet and releasing timely software update for it. In fact, the Asus Transformer Prime has now got more software updates than Motorola XOOM, which was Google’s base platform to release Android 3.0 Honeycomb, ever did. No wonder Google has teamed up with Asus to release its $199 Nexus tablet.
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.
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 (v18.104.22.168) 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!
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.
True to its word, Asus has released the bootloader unlock tool for the hottest Android tablet available to the consumers right now, the Transformer Prime. The Transformer Prime was the successor to the original Transformer, and is also the world’s first tablet to ship to the public with a quad-core processor.
However, owners of brand new Prime tablets were in for a rude shock when they found out that the bootloader on the device has a 128bit-AES encrypted bootloader. A locked down bootloader on an Android handsets means no custom kernels, custom ROMs etc. The locked bootloader on the Prime led to Asus receiving a lot of negative publicity and also adversely affecting the tablet’s sale. Asus then released a statement to the public stating that it will be releasing an unlocked bootloader tool for the Prime sometime in February this year.
Like with all other bootloader unlocking tools provided by other Android device manufacturers, using the ‘Unlock Device app’ from Asus will void the warranty of your Prime. And no, re-locking the bootloader when you need to take the Prime to the service center won’t make your warranty valid again.
The Bootloader unlock tool from Asus will only work on Transformer Prime (TF201) running Ice Cream Sandwich. The said tool can be downloaded from here.
Developers, let the custom ROMs and custom kernels flow!
The Transformer Prime was released by Asus in late December last year, and has already got several software updates from the company. In fact, in recent time the Prime is the most updated Android device out there in the market, and that is in a good way.
Now, Asus has again started rolling out another software for the Prime, which apparently improves the battery life of the tablet. Other than this, Asus has not mentioned anything as to what the update changes, but Prime owners should expect the usual performance and stability enhancements. Quite a few Prime owners on XDA are reporting that this new update fixed the random reboots, improved the Wi-Fi performance and the battery life of the tablet noticeably for them. The update breaks root, so use Voodoo OTA Rootkeeper from the Market to preserve root access, after the update is installed.
The software update carries the version number 22.214.171.124, and should be available to all Prime owners effective immediately. The update is being rolled out only in the United States at the moment, so Prime owners in other region of the world might not see the update pop up on their tablet.
Asus has again started rolling out a new software update – Build 126.96.36.199 – for its latest and greatest tablet, the Transformer Prime. The update is being rolled out for the Prime owners in the United States, and fixes the random reboot issue which many users faced after installing the Ice Cream Sandwich update.
Other than this, the update also improves the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth performance of the tablet. The update also includes a new Kernel, which should hopefully improve the overall performance and stability of the Prime.
Prime owners who are expecting this update to fix the poor GPS performance on their tablet, should really give up their hopes. Asus has already acknowledged the poor GPS performance on the Prime, due to a design over-look, and has removed the GPS feature from the official spec sheet of the tablet.
Asus will also start rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for Prime owners from or after February 17th. Asus is perhaps the only Android tablet manufacturer, which not only prices its tablet decently, but also provides proper after-sales support by updating them to the latest version of Android.
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.
The Asus Transformer Prime was easily one of the most anticipated tablets of 2011. It was the first ever quad-core tablet to be available to the general masses. Apart from the Tegra 3, Asus improved the Prime in nearly all departments compared to its predecessor- the Transformer – by including an 8MP rear camera, an IPS+ display – which is actually visible outdoors, better battery life, better performance, and an aluminium body.
The only thing it managed to worsen compared to the original Transformer is the GPS performance. Due to the aluminium construction on the Prime, the GPS chip inside the device struggles to communicate with the satellites in the space. The problem is actually because of a design flaw, and there is no way Asus can fix it now. The company has in fact, even updated the Prime’s official spec sheet to remove GPS from its list of features.
The company however is still trying to improve the GPS performance on the Prime by tweaking the software part. The company has started rolling out a new software update which aims at improving the GPS performance of the tablet. The update is being rolled out for Prime owners who are running either Ice Cream Sandwich or Honeycomb. Sadly, quite a few Prime owners did not notice any improvement in the GPS performance of the Prime after installing the update.
Last night at CES, Nvidia and Asus announced that they will start rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Transformer Prime beginning from today itself.
The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Prime will bring it with a lot of new features including an improved performance and stability, enhanced web browser, and a few UI enhancements. This move from Asus makes it the first company and the Prime the first Android tablet to get updated Ice Cream Sandwich, beating Motorola (XOOM) and Samsung (Galaxy Tab). The company has also promised to update the original Transformer to Ice Cream Sandwich as soon as possible.
The update is being rolled out via OTA and only in the United States, so all Prime owners might not get the update immediately. Interested Prime owners can follow the instructions mentioned here on how to manually update their Prime to Ice Cream Sandwich. However, keep in mind that the method might not work for everybody since it depends on the SKU of your tablet.
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.
Over the last couple of days, there have been quite a huge uproar about the highly locked down bootloader on the Asus Transformer Prime. Nearly no one expected Asus to take such a drastic step and lock down the bootloader of their tablet. The company even received heavy criticism for this move.
Thanks to all the media attention this topic has got, Asus decided to release an official statement about the matter. The company announced via its Facebook page that even though the bootloader on the Prime is locked down, the company will soon be releasing a tool, which will allow developers and advanced users to unlock it.
Below is the official statement from Asus about this whole issue-:
Regarding the bootloader, the reason we chose to lock it is due to content providers’ requirement for DRM client devices to be as secure as possible. ASUS supports Google DRM in order to provide users with a high quality video rental experience. Also, based on our experience, users who choose to root their devices risk breaking the system completely. However, we know there is demand in the modding community to have an unlocked bootloader. Therefore, ASUS is developing an unlock tool for that community. Please do note that if you choose to unlock your device, the ASUS warranty will be void, and Google video rental will also be unavailable because the device will be no longer protected by security mechanism.
The company has also decided to remove ‘GPS’ from the spec sheet of the Prime because of all the complaints from its user about its poor positioning system. Readers can find more info about this here.