ASUS said today that the Transformer Pad, Transformer Prime and Infinity will be the lucky tablet winners to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. That’s it so far. ASUS says they’re still deciding on other devices though. The other day they said on their German Facebook page that the Eee Pad Slider and Transformer would be getting Jelly Bean too. Does that mean it’s not final? As to when the updates will roll, no time frame was given. Hit the break for the full statement.
Amidst all of the criticism aimed at many of the top Android manufacturers surrounding software updates, there is one company that has been pretty much on point since day one and that’s Asus. Whether it be minor bug-fixes or the roll out of Android 4.0, Asus has been consistently prompt and hassle free.
With the Transformer Prime getting a lot of love recently it’s the original TF101 that’s ready for a refresh this time around. The Android version is 4.0.3 and the build is 188.8.131.52. The update is a minor one bringing some optimisation, bug fixes and most importantly it solves the UI lag many users have been suffering. Asus has provided a changelog listing the following improvements :
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
Perhaps it’s the impressive dedication to timely updates that scored Asus the gig as manufacturer of the first official Nexus tablet. Now what are you waiting for, fire up your Transformer and hit that ‘check now’ button as the update is already rolling out. Let us know your thoughts on the latest update in the comments below.
source: Android Community
Well it looks like ASUS is right on cue as always. After previously releasing the coveted ICS update for the original Transformer tablet, the manufacturer realized the update was prematurely released, encountered numerous bugs like random reboots and had since promised it was working on a fix that would be released soon. Well soon is here folks and they have begun rolling out software build IML74K.US_epad-9.21.17-20120312 which will hopefully alleviate some of the bugs that were plaguing the device since the original ICS software update.
If you’ve received the update, let us know how it works out for you and tell us if you see any improvements in the Comments section below or better yet– our Forums. Happy updating!
You can’t be a good deal. Well you can when you make it one hell of a deal. The folks at Newegg are doing so by having a sale right now where you can get a refurbished Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) and Keyboard dock for the steal of a price of $329.99. Normally you’re looking at getting this combination for around $500+ brand new. As you all know when you get the device you’ll get a chance to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich and depending on when you get it Asus should have the kinks worked out. I recommend jumping on this deal for this amazing tablet and dock as it’s surely to sell out quickly. Hit the source below to get in on this amazing deal.
If you guys are like me, then you spammed the Check Update option on your original Transformer for the ICS update that was available Late-February. While I fell in love with my tablet all over again because of the update I noticed that as the days progressed my tablet would randomly reboot itself. Sometimes it would reboot it four – five times in a row before it would stay on. Then about an hour later it would reboot itself yet again. While it never rebooted in the middle of using it, watching it reboot itself randomly became rather frustrating. Heck, sometimes it would look up in the middle of a boot cycle. It appears that I am not in the minority with these experiences. Other users are reporting lock-ups during reboots, and other various bugs as well.
Like the Transformer Prime update and its update problems Asus has taken to announcing that a fix is in the works for the original Transformer ICS update. While users have reported that uninstalling apps, updating widgets and factory resets have helped, this is not a good premise for Asus; especially considering their Hopes to have the next Nexus device and the first roll out of Jelly Bean. Asus writes in regards to the TF101 issues:
Well we brought to you news earlier today that Asus had started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original Transformer in Taiwan. We told you that other markets would see the update sometime soon after that. Well for those of you in North America have I some good news for you. Asus has taken to their Facebook page to announce that we will see ICS roll out for us starting tomorrow. The post also mentioned that the Slider will be the next device to get an official ICS update but they don’t know when. Short and sweet, here is what they said:
While this is certainly good news as most folks have been patiently waiting since January with the roll out of ICS for the Transformer Prime and the previous announcement that the original would see it this month. It also puts to rest the rumor that the update would be pushed back into March. I will be spamming the check update button in the settings menu when I wake up tomorrow, what about you folks?
source: Asus’ Facebook Page
In contrast to many manufacturers such as RIM and HTC, who have answered the successful introduction of Amazon’s Kindle Fire by reducing the price of their tablet PCs to remain competitive, ASUS appears to remain unfazed. CEO Jerry Shen says there will be no price change for their current Eee Pad Transformer, nor will there be any delay in the Transformer 2 (which will pack that sweet NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor). Shen also adds that the upcoming PC tab will sell for $499, a hundred bucks more than its predecessor.
ASUS’ confidence is quite understandable if you consider its 2011 shipment forecast, which projects the sale of 1.5-2 million tablet PCs and of which one million units have already been moved in just the first three quarters of the year. The Transformer 2 would undoubtly put them on track to meet or exceed their projections.
As the Transformer 2 is soon to arrive as early as next month, looks as if the price of original Eee Pad Transformer is being dropped to $350. Many of the online retailers out there still have it listed for its original price of $400 for the 16GB, and $470-$500 for the 32GB version. But Walmart has decided to offer the $50 discount for the 16GB model.
It seems logical that this discount is likely related to the fact that the Transformer 2 is soon to be shipped out. And there’s nothing wrong with that, as the Eee Pad is a great device, became very popular and still is. With its innovative form factor that incorporates an optional keyboard dock, it’s no wonder many searching for a great tablet were drawn to it. So since ASUS has continued to keep the first-generation Transformer up-to-date with Honeycomb, this deal is not something to be overlooked.
When HTC released the Flyer tablet, I’ll admit, I was a bit jealous of its Scribe technology and writing capability; enough so, that I went out and purchased a capacitive stylus to use with my own Xoom tablet. Surely the Xoom’s larger screen would be better for writing anyway, but to my dismay, there weren’t many apps for me to write with. Those that did exist weren’t exactly as useful or smooth looking as what the Flyer was touting.
Weeks later, however, XDA forum member Transceiver, has made my pen purchase a worthy investment. Transceiver is the creator of an app still in beta called WritePad, though that name will likely change to some degree because an app with that name already exists in the Android Market.
Although originally designed for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer running 3.2, I’ve found the app have a silky smooth writing experience on my Xoom as well.
Currently the app features
- No lag and no jitter between the stylus movement and the screen response.
- Smart palm detection – only records the writing from your stylus (right handed only for now).
- Export page and notebook – share the page as a PNG file, or export the whole thing as a ZIP file to your Dropbox or Gmail account.
- Paper types – comes with four familiar paper types including White, Legal, Composition, & Engineer (Graph Paper)
- Stylus calibration – instead of drawing where the stylus touches the screen, it will draw where you ‘think’ the stylus tip is which is good for thicker tip styluses.
If you’re a tablet owner, I highly encourage checking this app out. Transceiver is interested in having different types of tablets beta test the app, so go grab it from the application forum and leave him your feedback.