20
Jul
transformer pad infinity

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.

ASUS

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.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • mgamerz

    ... Isn't the "Transformer Pad'... the original transformer? Your article says it won't get JB but it says it right there.

    • Yuriy Melnik

      No, they are referring to the Transformer Pad 300 (TF300T).
      The original Transformer was called the Eee Pad Transformer.

    • Yuriy Melnik

      No, they are referring to the Transformer Pad 300 (TF300T).
      The original Transformer was called the Eee Pad Transformer.

  • mgamerz

    ... Isn't the "Transformer Pad'... the original transformer? Your article says it won't get JB but it says it right there.

  • KamikaZee

    Transformer pad = tf300 aka the plastic prime

  • KamikaZee

    Transformer pad = tf300 aka the plastic prime

  • http://www.arcane.org Mystech

    Fingers crossed they'll send a little love to those of us that bought the original Asus Transformer, TF101.

  • http://www.arcane.org Mystech

    Fingers crossed they'll send a little love to those of us that bought the original Asus Transformer, TF101.

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    The idea that the PDK will help improve the OS update situation is a joke -- guys, it's NOT GOING TO happen. OEMs aren't updating their products not because they can't do it, but they don't want to do it. If the PDK would do anything, it will be helping them to release new hardware with the latest OS quicker. That's it. Put it simply, don't expect any hardware more than 1 year old to be updated, EVER. If it does get an update, consider it the blessing from God (yup, not the OEM, not Google.) If not, just calm down, this is just the way how the Android ecosystem works, and if you want to blame someone, blame Google -- they are so naive to think that the OEMs would continuously update their own hardware to the latest OS.

    • StriderWhite

      You're fu****ng right, that's the way it works, you can't expect lifetime upgrades, it's just silly!

      • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

        Just want to clarify, I am not giving excuse for the OEMs. Stop updating hardware that's just about 1 year old is a sin. But, the OEMs aren't the only one to be blamed. Google bears a lot of responsibility, too. They have the influence to force the OEMs to do something, but they decide not to use it. Instead, they create that fu***ng PDK, which is a big joke.

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    The idea that the PDK will help improve the OS update situation is a joke -- guys, it's NOT GOING TO happen. OEMs aren't updating their products not because they can't do it, but they don't want to do it. If the PDK would do anything, it will be helping them to release new hardware with the latest OS quicker. That's it. Put it simply, don't expect any hardware more than 1 year old to be updated, EVER. If it does get an update, consider it the blessing from God (yup, not the OEM, not Google.) If not, just calm down, this is just the way how the Android ecosystem works, and if you want to blame someone, blame Google -- they are so naive to think that the OEMs would continuously update their own hardware to the latest OS.

  • John O’Connor

    GOOD NEWS FOR MY TF300!!

  • cct7

    Okay, it's official, ASUS sucks! I was one of the first who availed of the original transformer when nobody did and this was just AUGUST of 2011. Barely a year old and already losing support. Makes you wonder what kind of company ASUS is. I left the iOS ecosystem when it stopped supporting my iPhone3G but that was after 2 years, by then the hardware was not really in a position to support the upgrade. I cant say the same for my TF101 which is just 1 YEAR OLD!!! its still fast, its better equipped than my Nexus S but it is getting Jellybean. I am not a unreasonable person, 2 years for me would have been enough support when it comes to updates. I commended ASUS when they were the first one to update their tablets to ICS but again C'MON!!!! I learned my lesson. From now on ill just stick to the Nexus family of devices. Too bad it was made by ASUS, I guess they got the last laugh here.

    • TynanDeRosa

      this is a big, pointless rant. Asus has not said it won't get JB, with Asus Germany saying it will. Slow your roll.

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