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ASUS Transformer owners will be forced to wait even longer for a promised update to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), the company revealed on its Singapore Facebook page late last night. Here's the statement:

ASUS Singapore

Dear fellow Asus members, we would like to say that we appreciate all the support we see in our Asus Facebook page every day. It makes our contributions worthwhile and fulfilling.

We are informed that the ICS upgrade for TF101 will be ready within the Feb/March 2012 period. You will be able to receive the upgrade notification via FOTA once we have a confirmation date.

We thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter

While ASUS had initially promised the update "ASAP" after the Prime received its update to Android 4.0, it later clarified this to mean the end of January. Then we learned from our own sources inside the company that early February was the target window. Now, it appears that ASUS has once again had to push back the promised OTA, for reasons unknown.

This is on the company's Singapore Facebook page, though, so this timeline may not be exactly reflective of the company's plans for the US. However, given that it's a Wi-Fi device, there shouldn't be too much discrepancy between OTA updates in major markets. Let's hope they can make this timeframe stick.

ASUS Singapore Facebook

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  • Doug Fiedor

    That's a bummer! I was looking forward to it.

  • http://www.academia-nutcrackers.com Sven Enterlein

    No surprise here. But I'd rather get a finished product without major issues than a rushed, half-baked update. I don't use my tab enough to care that much but maybe that will change after the update!

    • Ryan S

      Unfortunately its more likely we will get a delayed and buggy version.

      • Jim

        A lot less buggy than if they rushed it. Given the problems they had with the Prime update, I'd prefer they take a little more time.

    • Carlos G

      The point is not when it will come but in the way Asus has been promising the update and never release it, seems it will be coming by the end of the year.

  • DeafMute

    At this rate my Atrix may get ICS before my Transformer <_<

  • Adam Sablich

    Sucks. I have the Slider, which apparently will get ICS around the same time as the Transformers. I'd install a cracked rom version, but I'd prefer to wait and see how well the official one runs first. I was hoping I'd only have to wait a few more days.

  • brad

    sigh sigh sigh sigh Gesh

  • Mark G

    Then March will roll into April...

    The drip-feeding of bad news is typical of a company like Asus.

    They were doing so well, and have ruined all their hard work with crappy PR.

  • Dandmcd

    Well, with all the issues they have had getting the Prime to work properly with ICS, it doesn't surprise me they are delaying to do more testing. March is still earlier than everyone else, so still not too bad of a timeframe.

  • Angie

    -_- Damn. And here I was thinking I'd get the update within the next few days.

  • Citrus Rain

    Two things I'm waiting for:

    ICS
    The ability to root the newer builds.

  • Andres

    The other brands has update their tablets, why the Transformer not? May be they are only interested in the prime version.

  • Rational Exuberence

    Let's see: The aluminum skin of the Prime interferes with the GPS antenna - Oops. There's a bug in the roll-out file that has an issue with Serial numbers for some Primes. ICS rolls out for the Prime without its lungs fully formed. It's announced that "Google is in the midst of approving the 101's ICS release". In parallel, resources are spent fixing the Prime's roll-out issues. Hasbro announces they are suing Asus for using the name "Prime". And finally, the 101's ICS release gets pushed out to later this month. I shall forgive the deprioritization. It's been a sucky 6 weeks for Asus. But the 101 rocks already, and I'm willing to wait a little while before it rocks even more with ICS. Oh, and and the Chinese New Year was in the middle of the above. Some people need to stop whining.

  • Realtech

    Screw Asus pr they have done a piss poor job....period. fanboys dont negate bad business practices.

    • Ben

      Boo hoo.
      Asus is doing a good job maintaining their devices. TF101 is working just fine with Honeycomb. I can wait the extra bit no problem.

  • Steve.Webster

    People always complain about free stuff. When the device was put out they never guaranteed there was going to be a update to ICS. You should be happy that they are still supporting it, when the "updated" version [Prime] was released and they could of just dropped support all together.

    • Total360

      Steve, you are wrong, ASUS promised and actively advertised on their website the ICS update would come quickly and would be stock ICS to the TF101 as soon as it was released. It was my sole reason for saving some $$$ and getting a TF101 instead of a Prime.

  • DJP1990

    I totally agree with Rational Exuberence! ASUS has had too much to deal with at the moment... Let them deal with it and the Update will roll-out soon enough. The 101 works perfectly as is, so waiting musn't be the issue!

    Also, if you can't wait you should throw in a custom rom, and stop moaning... But oh wait, you want support? Well tough luck you shouldn't bitch about it then...
    It's cause of people like Realtech who ruin communities, with mindless bitching and moaning about "how bad a manufacturer is". You know what? It's your FREE choice to buy a certain product. Either deal with it, or give your product up and buy something else... But don't post mindless and most of all useless posts...

    Just my two cents...

  • http://www.iwriteaboutit.com Tom

    If ASUS has too much to deal with maybe should quit this business and concentrate only on Motherboards.

    In my opinion they should put more attention on their milestones or check their PR speaking!!

  • AsusSuck

    Feb / Mar
    Apr / May
    Jun / Jul
    ...
    ...
    ...
    ...

  • Perry

    HC works fine on the 101. I'd rather they take their time and get it right than rush out a half baked update. Last thing anyone wants is issues with an otherwise fine running tab.

    Good things come to those that wait is my motto. A few more weeks wont kill us.

  • RLUGO88809

    asus it to bad i was looking forward i gets motorola have the ice cream update all ready i was stuped my wife motorola am i went with ASUS

  • seb

    Well I guess it'll be back to iPad for me!! Screw this buggy laggy piece of cr%&*...

  • rlugo88809

    I can said that i have received the update for
    Icecream for my transformer prime TF101 I am very happy