ASUS Transformer, Transformer Prime and Motorola Xoom Receive CyanogenMod 10 Preview Builds

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The other day we received the CyanogenMod 10 preview builds for both the international and U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III and now there’s more! The CM 10 preview builds are now available for the ASUS Transformer and Transformer Prime (tf101 and 201) and with Motorola’s Xoom. With all the excitement around Jelly Bean and CyanogenMod 10, a working build for tablets is wonderful news to hear.

These are only preview builds though, so they may not be very stable. Unofficial builds also carry no guarantee on support, assistance or updates.

The Transformer builds are currently functional with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sounds, camera, video acceleration, minor dock functionality and most sensors. The GPS and light sensor functionality isn’t in there just yet, but the device’s core functionality is stable and working.

Here’s a quick video of the Transformer Prime running CM10 on its current build in action:

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ASUS confirms Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is coming to the entire Transformer family and Eee Pad Slider.

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We certainly expect Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to make its way to ASUS Transformer devices sooner rather than later. Let’s face it, ASUS has one of the best track records for updates as the Transformer Prime received the Ice Cream Sandwich update in January, and the original Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) received it February. We fully expect Jelly Bean to land on the higher end devices, but there was a rumor floating around that the Eee Pad Transformer and the Eee Pad Slider might not be so fortunate. Supposedly an ASUS rep at a press conference in the Netherlands said that it’s unlikely that either device would receive the update. Of course the rest of the lineup was good to go.

Today, ASUS Germany denied the comment and said that the Jelly Bean update is confirmed for the Transformer Prime (TF201), Transformer Pad (TF300), and Transformer Infinity (TF700), but also confirmed that the Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) and Eee Pad Slider (SL101) will also get the update.

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ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 LTE Props Up Using O2 Germany’s LTE Network

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After we saw the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 LTE try to sneak past FCC offices, we now know the device is very much real and on its way— well in Germany at least. A coy video has popped up using Germany’s O2 network and highlighting the network’s superior LTE speeds pushing through to the speedy tablet. Okay sure there’s no idea of when the Germans (or other LTE markets in the world for that matter) can expect to see the LTE variant in stores, but hey— at least seeing the video in action means the Transformer Pad TF300 LTE will be here sooner than we know it. You can check out a quick walkthrough of the video below as well as the LTE benchmarks.

 

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Developer Creates a New Android Game by Only Using his ASUS Transformer

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Sometimes it amazes me how far technology has come. Seeing the things that we can accomplish on an average smartphone and tablet just amazes me and the sky is the limit, especially on an Android platform. An Android developer by the name of Tony Patino has achieved something that I personally never thought could be accomplished. He was able to create a full Android game all on his ASUS Eee Pad Transformer tablet! The game is called Burning Platform and is available in the Google Play store (see links below). With Android’s large and diverse ecosystem, he was able to use various apps from the Google Play store at his disposal to aid him in this project.

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ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 to be available mid-July starting at $499

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Back at CES when we saw the ASUS Tranformer Pad Infinity, the planned price point was $599, but with similar offerings from Acer, they are going to price it more competitively. They will offer the 32GB version for $499 and the 64GB version for $599. The keyboard dock remains at $149 and is compatible with the Prime Dock. Last but not least, they will offer the same colors as the Prime: amethyst gray and champagne gold. According to ASUS it should be available by mid-July with no exact release date. If past history is any indication, you might want to pre-order this bad boy as soon as any retailers start the process. We fully expect availability to be low just like the Transformer Prime and the original Eee Pad Transformer.

The real question is what happens to the pricing of the Prime and TF300? Could those tabs drop to $399 and $299 respectively? With the Nexus tablet rumored to be $199, this “new” pricing wouldn’t surprise me. The Nexus tablet at $199 is intriguing, but I have to be honest, the TF300 at $299 is even more intriguing with the 10.1-inch display. As far as updates go, if Google releases 4.1, based on past history, it’s safe to assume that ASUS will get that update to all their tablets in a timely fashion.

 

 

ASUS Transformer Pad 300 Receiving OTA Update 9.4.3.30 With Notable Improvements

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ASUS is pushing out a new bug fixer (v9.4.3.30) that comes with numerous improvements and several fixes for the Transformer Pad 300. The most notable improvement is the upgraded camera software which I’m sure many are going to be elated about. Wondering what else is new in this OTA? Talk Android has you covered with the official changelog after the break:

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First CyanogenMod 9 Nightly Builds Now Ready for the International Galaxy S III and Transformer Pad 300

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It appears the CyanogenMod team have been busy as usual and have a couple nightly builds ready for some of today’s newest devices. Right now you can download a nightly build for both the Transformer Pad 300 and the International version of the Galaxy S III. Since these builds are very early in production you can expect a few quirks along they way but overall response has been fairly positive. All the important things like data, WiFi, and Bluetooth are working so if you’ve been waiting to trick out your new i9300 or TF300T, I’d say give it a go. Head to the source link for further details and download links. Happy hacking!

source: CyanogenMod (TF300T) (GSIII)

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity gives the new iPad a beat-down in benchmark tests

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Ritchies Room has taken a video of the two current hottest tablets on the market and uploaded the results to YouTube for our viewing pleasure. The results will likely surprise very few and upset very many. Apple and Asus top dogs were put through four sets of benchmarks in order to measure general performance, browser speeds, java scripting and graphics.

When it comes to processor and memory speed the Transformer wiped the floor with the iPad delivering a score that more than doubled that of Apple’s finest. In the battle of the browsers, Chrome on the Transformer is up to 50% faster than Safari on the iPad, another comprehensive win for the Asus. Javascripting performance is a closer run thing with the Transformer edging out the iPad and it was similarly close in Graphics performance with the iPad’s quad-core graphics chip ensuring the only win for the iPad.

For the full facts and figures you can check out the video below, just try not to look so smug when you show it to your iPad toting friends.

 

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ASUS Pushes Out Firmware Update to the Transformer Prime, Brings Face Unlock and GPS Dongle Icon

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If you own a Transformer Prime and haven’t fired it up yet to day, you may be pleased to know that ASUS has pushed out the .28 firmware update bringing a few goodies with it. Not only do you get the usual bug fixes and general improvements, you will also get the fancy ICS Face Unlock feature and an added icon that shows when you have the GPS dongle attached.

The changelog reads as follows:

  • 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

ASUS is pretty good with their updates so this is something you should definitely apply if you are running the stock ROM on your Prime. To manually apply the update, head into Settings > About Tablet > System Firmware Update > Check Update. For those in the custom ROM world, Androwookie has implemented the update already and you can expect the others to follow suit.

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Google Nexus Tablet Confirmed By Anonymous ASUS Representative; Transformer Pad Infinity Coming to AT&T

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We have all heard about Google’s official Nexus Tablet that is said to be made by ASUS for quite some time now. For the past couple of weeks the confirmation of the infamous tablet has gotten closer and closer with press image drafts and benchmarks and today we take another step forward to the reality of the Nexus Tablet. Android Authority has reported that an ASUS representative, who wished to remain anonymous, confirmed the 7-inch Nexus Tablet at COMPUTEX. The representative also informed them that we should expect it to be unveiled by the end of June. We had already assumed this because the end of June is when Google IO will be held, and assumptions were that the Nexus Tablet would be unveiled during the event. While this news itself is nothing fairly new if you’ve been following the Nexus Tablet for the past couple of months, it is still good to get confirmation from an ASUS representative themselves and that the tablet will be unveiled in just less than a month. The Nexus Tablet is slated to be in the $199-$250 range equipped with NVIDIA’s Kal-El Tegra 3 processor. The price range and the fact that it’s straight from Google with the ‘Nexus’ name will be the two huge selling points for this slate.

In other news, ASUS also confirmed to AA that they are working to bring the ASUS Padfone to American carriers although the informant mentioned only AT&T has expressed any interest. Other U.S. carriers are probably too hesitant due to the tethering option that the Padfone has (loss of revenue). AT&T is also said to pick up the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) and should be available by the end of this month in both a WiFi only version and an LTE version.

This next month should be quite exciting in the Android world. By the end of June we should have the Nexus Tablet unveiled and possibly Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as well. Anyone else excited for what’s to come?

Source: Android Authority