After announcing that its Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity tablets would be receiving Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, ASUS has finally revealed the long-awaited details. In a post on the company’s Campus Life blog, ASUS released the official changelog for the update, detailing the specific changes that will be made. Furthermore, the manufacturer has given us a time table for when we can expect the updates to roll out. For the full low-down, jump past the break.
ASUS began rolling out an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Transformer Prime in Sweden yesterday, and today the company has followed with a statement regarding the rest of the world. Announced via the company’s official Facebook page, ASUS says global users can expect an update to the latest version “soon”. In addition to the Transformer Prime (TF201), the Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) will also be getting in on the upgrade action. While an exact time frame wasn’t given, the update will reportedly arrive within 72 hours. Considering ASUS tends to make this type of announcement the same week (or even days before) it plans to roll out an update, we have no reason to doubt its legitimacy.
ASUS has officially announced the impending rollout of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to Transformer Prime owners in Sweden. Users should begin seeing an OTA update sometime today. As always, if the update doesn’t automatically show up, you can head into settings -> about device -> software update to pull the firmware directly from ASUS’ servers.
The company is also insistent to remind everybody that along with the update, users will lose official Adobe flash support and Wifi-Direct. Because of this, ASUS isn’t forcing Prime owners to accept or install the update. While there haven’t been any further announcements made pertaining to rollouts in other countries, users can take this news as a good sign. In fact, rumors suggest that if the update goes smoothly, other markets could expect to see Android 4.1 as early as October.
Source: ASUS (Facebook)
To celebrate the launch of Beach Buggy Blitz, NVIDIA gave us two Nexus 7 tablets along with an ASUS Transformer Prime and matching keyboard dock to give to three lucky readers.
To enter the giveaway just complete these four quick and easy steps:
- Follow @NVIDIA on Twitter
- Follow @TalkAndroid on Twitter
- Add TalkAndroid to your Google+ Circles
- Comment below and tell us what your favorite game is right now.
It couldn’t be any simpler. We will accept entries through this Sunday September 9th at 11:59pm EST. We will pick two random winners for each of the Nexus 7′s and then one random winner for the Transformer Prime w/keyboard dock. We will announce all three winners in this post and contact them through the email that is associated with their account.
Congratulations to the following winners:
ASUS Transformer Prime w/keyboard dock
I am sending each of you an email. Just get back to me with your info and we will ship it out right away.
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:
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.
NVIDIA and Phosphor games were gracious enough to provide us a 32GB ASUS Transformer Prime with matching keyboard dock and a $25 Amex gift card for one of our lucky readers. You guys created a lot of really cool captions and trust me, it wasn’t easy, but we unanimously picked the best one.
To celebrate the release of Dark Meadow: The Pact, NVIDIA and Phosphor Games were gracious enough to give us a brand new amethyst grey 32GB ASUS Transformer Prime along with the keyboard dock to give to one of our lucky readers. They’re also throwing in a $25 AMEX gift card to cover an accessory or maybe some really cool games. Once you go Prime, you can’t use anything else thanks to the NVIDIA Tegra 3 featuring 4-PLUS-1″>4-Plus-1 quad-core technology. All you have to do is head over to our forum post and give us a caption for the photo below, add TalkAndroid to your Google+ Circles, and promise us that your first download will be Dark Meadow: The Pact. You have until 8:00am EST Monday, April 3o to enter. The TalkAndroid staff will decide the best caption and announce the winner later that day.
Click here to enter
Still suffering from spotty or non-existent GPS signal on your beloved Transformer Prime? Already heard the news that Asus is set to offer a GPS dongle to resolve the issue? Well time to get registering folks as the website is now live.
Those of you holding out for a software fix will unfortunately be disappointed as it appears that the rather unsightly dongle is your only hope. The dongle plugs into the proprietary port which in turn means you won’t be able to use it whilst charging or in conjunction with the laptop dock. Quite the sacrifice to make for an accurate GPS lock.
Naturally the dongle will be absolutely free providing you register before the 31st of July 2012. There’s no word on when you should expect to receive the unit once ordered nor is there any clarification as to what happens beyond the cut off date. Still, it’s refreshing to see Asus is dedicated to providing a solution to the messy situation.
Click the link below to register for your dongle.
So what’s the verdict owners of the Transformer Prime, are you happy with this solution? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
source : Asus
Ah yes the ASUS Transformer Prime. The tablet is easily one of the best available, but sadly was plagued with some minor GPS issues and subpar performance. ASUS did make everything good by releasing a much-needed software update, but ASUS is trying to take yet another step to show that it’s a force to be reckoned with in the Android world. It seems that ASUS has been in direct communication with XDA and has stated it:
“Will be releasing a dongle shortly that will address the GPS function and be a fully usable GPS that will lock onto many satellites and keep their lock with wi-fi active”.
Oh and ASUS has pledged this GPS dongle will be “provided for free” by mid-April. ASUS Transformer owners are certainly a lucky bunch. It almost wants to make you trade up and get a TF Prime just for the cool dongle, doesn’t it? We’re all on the lookout for that dongle ASUS.