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Asus Transformer Prime TF201 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update Starts US Roll Out

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.

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

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Asus Transformer Prime To U.S. Retailers December 8th

Many of us are anxiously awaiting the release of the Asus Transformer Prime. The newest tablet by Asus qualifies as a super tablet as it’s the first with Nvidias Tegra 3 quad-core processor. As we found out earlier this year the Tegra 3 chip isn’t even a quad-core processor it has 5 cores with the 5th core being a 500mhz core designed for running background applications.

Netbooknews and Phandroid are reporting the tablet will be available in U.S. retailers starting next Thursday December 8th.  You can expect the tablet at the usual suspects like Best Buy and Amazon but it will also take up residence on shelves at GameStop locations where the video games retailer is bundling it with their controller and cloud based Android gaming service.

The 32gb version should hover around $500 for pricing and if you’ve got someone looking for a hard-core speedy tablet for entertainment it’s definitely worth a look.  If you’re looking for a productivity machine you may still want to set your sites on this.

source: Phandroid

OG Asus Transformer Tablet Gets Ice Cream Sandwich ROM

While this ROM is still a work in progress and a bit slow and buggy we’re confident the developers will round it out to a nice and fast Ice Cream Sandwich build for the original Asus Transformer.

The newer version of the Transformer, the Transformer Prime, is poised to come out in two weeks with an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core (5 actually) processor.  Although the folks at Asus and Nvidia have already tested Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, on the new tablet it will release in two weeks running Honeycomb. We are confident that it will be upgraded quickly.

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer sold pretty well, it was sold out often in Best Buy stores. The thin, well built tablet was the first serious Android effort by Asus to come to the United States.  The follow up is sure to delight tablet fans and is already preordering at Amazon and at Gamestop where it will come with a controller for GameStops cloud based gaming service.

source: Phandroid

GameStop Outs Asus Transformer Prime Release Date?

We knew that the Asus Transformer Prime release date was just around the corner, but now, if the GameStop preorder page is correct we know exactly what the date is.

According to GameStop.com the Transformer Prime will release on December 9th. GameStop has the tablet on preorder for $539.98 for the 32gb version which is actually $40 more expensive than you can pick it up for at Amazon.com

The extra $40 is to pay for the GameStop controller which gives you access to GameStop games and more on your new quad-core tablet.

According to a story published earlier the GameStop controller will give the user access to 7 free games off the bat and they are supposed to be of console quality. From there the user will have access to even more games as GameStop builds up their cloud based gaming model.

source: TalkAndroid