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Update:  The update should be available to all users now. Surprisingly, it's still running Android 4.0.3, and Face Unlock is still seemingly absent. It's possible that there was a bit of misinterpretation, since the original changelog was translated from Italian to English and ASUS actually stated that it was working on Face Unlock, not that it would actually be available in this update.

One thing it does bring, however, is something that Prime owners have been missing since the beginning: battery information, so you can finally see what has been chomping away at your precious juice. You can also check notifications without unlocking the device now, which is quite handy.

While this update may not bring anything groundbreaking, it does bring some useful features and enhancements. To pull it, head into Settings > About tablet > System firmware update > Check update.

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No, I haven't been playing AB: Space. There's no reason it should be using any battery.

Transformer Prime owners, get ready for a new update for your favorite tablet - it's coming... well, soon. We don't really know yet what it will contain and when it will arrive, but ASUS seems quite excited about it - enough to tease it on Facebook anyway:

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If there is one thing I love, it's "awesome new features." But they better be awesome - otherwise I'll feel pretty let down after this much hype.

Update: According to ASUS Italy's Facebook page, here is a brief summary of what to expect with this update:
  • Market will be updated to Play Store (that should've already happened, actually), as well as Books, Music, and Movies updated to their Play varaints
  • ASUS Vibe will be updated from 1.0 to 2.0 with an improved interface and content
  • LAN Support via USB to ethernet adapter
  • Ad-hoc network support
  • The ability to choose between landscape and portrait mode when using HDMI output to a TV
  • Face unlock

The update should being rolling out tomorrow, March 29th. Who's excited?

Back to that "staying tuned" thing for now then - we'll let you know when we know more.

Source: ASUS

Thanks, Kenny Otero!

Artem Russakovskii
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  • Matt

    If it's big it would only be Jellybean right? Although I highly doubt it but I just can't imagine what else it could be.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Well, it could be Key Lime Pie. Did you think of that?

      • David Ruddock

        Busses are also pretty big. Maybe they're adding a bus.

        • http://anasqtiesh.com Anas

          Must be an elephant. OEMs love elephants.

    • http://anasqtiesh.com Anas

      It could be a ton of things, including mostly hype. It could include a free game, office software of some sort, an enhancement to Custom UI improvements from Asus, etc.

      What it won't bring is an unannounced OS version that's not expected before the end of this year.

  • Ryan

    Coooooooooooool... I hope.

  • Knave

    Perhaps they will activate the lacking 3g?

  • Kenny O

    Gonna keep pressed the update button.....I'm confident that will make it come faster.

  • http://www.androidapphighlights.com Leif

    Gary from ASUS also announced it a while ago in the XDA Forums. Pretty cool would be an Android/Windows 8 dual boot or something like user profiles on a tablet - but I doubt it.

    My suggestion would be free Snapseed App which should be released soon or any other kind of cooperation with any app or cloud service.

    • mgamerz

      Windows 8 on ARM wont support multiboot, its going to be locked down just like Motorola.

  • Kenny O

    not likely, but how amazing would it be if it's cornerstone - or something along those lines.

    I was so disappointed that they could not put cornerstone into cm9.

  • Matt

    -Firmware Update 9.4.2.21 will be released by 3/30 for North America. Updates and fixes galore for the lack of better words.

    New Features:
    + Press-able notification in Lock screen
    + User can able to check reminder or notification of unread email under screen locked.
    + Upgrade Vibe from v1.0 to v2.0 with corresponding MyLibrary and MyCloud versions - Vibe2.0 improves UI and provides more media contents

    New Functions:
    + Support the USB to LAN cable of UX series (Accessory)
    + Camera FW background forced update mechanism - Camera FW upgrade will be automatically installed with image upgrade so there is no need to press the independent camera upgrade icon in the notification area.
    + Support Ad hoc mode (Ad hoc mode was supported in HC but 1st time support in ICS)
    + Keep use’s choice of browser viewing type (Tablet or Desktop website viewing type)
    + Enable power profile (Battery information setting)
    + New display mode of HDMI output - Scale mode(Default) and Crop mode (Detail comparison in next two sides.)

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=23786196&postcount=191

  • L boogie

    Maybe long overdue collaboration with Hasbro (after winning recent case) to come out autobot/decepticon embossed tablets lol.Asus is pretty good with updates so let's wait & see

  • Haha

    Well if they let you control the cpu , like a slider in notifications or something. Or add a boost button that OC'd it. Come on asus

  • Dave

    I still do not have the ICS update on the first transformer!!!

  • Ryan

    I want an update that will allow auto screen shut off while connected to micro HDMI so it can save battery life. why power one screen to view on a bigger screen. I can only view one at a time.

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

    I know this is off-topic but I would get more excited about the release date of the Infinity 700 :D

    • Dandmcd

      No, I don't have the funds after buying a Prime with a dock to go out and buy the next model...because I will... I am weak like that.

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

        Ha! I have the TF101 and after seeing how much a higher resolution display impacts the tab experience I am very tempted to upgrade... So I am just as weak as you are.

  • Ben Johnson

    I think what they are referring to with the 'Play' update is that when the TF 201 got updated with 'Google Play' the icon changed but the name of the application was still called 'Market' sounds like it will just be a name change.

  • Mike

    I think its great Asus continues to push fixes and updates to the prime. With the prior issues and the pending new products, it would be easy to table all future development. I love my TP and I am glad Asus continues to support it.

  • Stephen

    Yeeeahhhee... What are we getting excited for anyways?

  • James

    I updated and haven't actually noticed any changes, except that it ran like a pig till I restarted my prime, all good after that.

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

    I am not sure when it happened, and I apologize for going off-topic again, but my TF101 running Android Revolution HD (ARHD) 3.1.0 now also shows the battery stats. I assume it has been included in ARHD but that was days before this update was released. Any thoughts?

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

      That! Thanks. It's a custom ROM not an app. Apologies for not being more specific.

      • spydie

        thanks. Anyone know if the update is going to get pushed to the Transformer 101?

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