You might remember ASUS as the company that manufactured the overwhelmingly popular Nexus 7 tablet. Did you know that ASUS makes other tablets as well? It's true! Among them are the Transformer Pad, Transformer Pad Prime, and Transformer Pad Infinity. If you happen to own one of these tablets, then ASUS would like you to know that your slate is "scheduled to receive Android 4.1 updates in the coming months." Nice, huh?
Here's the full statement from ASUS:
Dear valued ASUS customer,
At ASUS, one of the key commitments we make to our customers is a relentless drive to deliver the best user experience. We constantly strive to achieve this goal through our ‘Design Thinking’ philosophy that includes regular software and firmware updates for our products.
We are pleased to announce that many of our tablet products are scheduled to receive an update to Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. The ASUS Transformer Pad, ASUS Transformer Pad Prime and ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity are all scheduled to receive Android 4.1 updates in the coming months. We will provide further guidance on our expected timeframes for these updates near their release.
We are still investigating Jelly Bean updates for other devices, but we are not in a position to confirm whether any other products will be eligible for an update at the moment.
Thank you for your continued support.
Of course, "the coming months" is pretty broad. Not to mention that there ASUS tablets left of the least, not the least of which is the original ASUS Transformer, which is not much more than a year old. ASUS hasn't actually confirmed that the original ASUS tablet will not receive the Jelly Bean update, however it's a little unsettling to see such young devices conveniently left off the list.
It's also interesting to note ASUS' estimated timeline. Remember that during I/O, Google announced its new platform development kit which would allow manufacturers the ability to keep their devices up to date with newer versions of Android much faster. It's unclear if the PDK program has already started, if ASUS has access to the PDK for Jelly Bean, or just how much the program will really help updates. However, stating that updates will arrive "in the coming months" seems no more comforting for this update cycle than the last one.
Here's hoping that the manufacturer of the latest and greatest Android tablet will be able to release updates in a timely manner. Until we see how this all plays out, though, remember the best chance for receiving fast updates is to buy a (non-CDMA) Nexus device.