ASUS Transformer Prime TF201 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update has already been rolled out in the U.S. starting Thursday, September 27, making the device one of the very few tablets to run Android’s latest version. The update has already been pushed into Asus’ servers and should be available for download by now. Owners should receive a notification telling them that an update is available.
In a tweet posted by Asus on Thursday, it confirmed the update roll out for TF201 but also said that Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) update has been pushed back for reasons only the company knows.
ASUS fans rejoice! TF 201 owners in the US should start seeing their Jelly Bean updates roll out today with a TF700 update coming very soon!
— ASUS USA (@ASUSUSA) September 27, 2012
One tech expert speculated that while Asus wants to push both updates and make them available for the public together, it took into consideration the consequences its servers may experience knowing both updates will have to be massive. But he went on to saying that the Jelly Bean update for the Transformer Infinity should be ready by now but haven’t been pushed yet.
If thousands, if not millions, of people will simultaneously download massive files, that would be a heavy job for the servers hosting those packages. The most probable effect would be disruption of service because servers will crash. Better delay Infinity’s Jelly Bean update for a few days instead of having service disruptions. Other manufacturers are also rolling out updates region by region to minimize having their servers overworked.
Business-wise, Asus is doing well in the U.S. mobile market and recent tie-up with Google even resulted to better sales. Being one of the tablets that come packed with quad-core processor, Transformer Prime TF201 has actually garnered massive following from both average users and tech enthusiasts.
The Jelly Bean update for Transformer Prime is believed to bring hundreds of improvements on top of JB stock features. TP has been a subject of criticisms shortly after its release because there were software-related flaws. The Ice Cream Sandwich fixed most of them including poor GPS performance and Wi-Fi problems.
It has already been reported a few months ago that Adobe will not support Android 4.1, so that means flash support will be gone for good. But Asus said owners can still be able to download and install Flash Player to play typical videos found on the web. Moreover, the company didn’t provide information explaining why Wi-Fi Direct feature will be removed from Jelly Bean but whatever the reason is, owners cannot be able to connect their devices to other Wi-Fi Direct-supported devices after the update.
Asus Transformer Prime Jelly Bean Change Log
- Upgrade OS from Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- Default enabled 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
Swedish owners were the first ones to enjoy this update as it has been rolled out three days ahead of the US. Many said the overall performance sees a huge boost; switching between apps is now faster than before. Occasional lags were also removed making Transformer Prime, which was originally released with Honeycomb, faster than ever.
Source: Phone Arena