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Sep
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A new update for Asus' middle-range Android tablet is rolling out at this very moment. Users on XDA are reporting getting the update notification, but it appears to be a little fickle with rooted devices. The abbreviated changelog claims this is a simple stability enhancement.

Update: This build is now available as a full ROM over at ASUS' TF300 Downloads.

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To get the software on a rooted device, it is recommended that you take a few steps before applying the update. First, unfreeze all your system apps, backup your root (with OTA RootKeeper), reboot, then apply your update. Root access should not be broken, but you have your backup just in case. Stock devices should have no issue installing the update.

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The TF300 was already updated to Jelly Bean, so don't expect any major improvements. This build of Android 4.1.1 should be a little less crash-prone, but some users also report that it fixes some bugs in the camera. The update should hit all devices in the next day or so, as Asus tends to eschew staggered rollouts.

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  • tehsouthpaw

    Alright, so the TF300 is stable. Now focus on the TF201 and TF700 please, ASUS.

  • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

    Wait I've never had a problem with Google Now...goes into landscape no prob

    I should preface that I haven't ever run stock JB, this is on seanzscreams' rom.

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

      Dock it and see what happens.

      • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

        Yep, I do remember the welcome screens being stuck in portrait.

    • Greyhame

      Hi Jordan, question for you.. Do you have the tablet dock? Does it lose its functionality if you ROM the tablet? I saw that CM10.1 is now available for it (nightly), and was wondering if ROM'ing it hampers any features (micro HDMI, USB 2.0 port, full SD card support). Thanks in advance.

      • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

        You may or may not lose some functionality with the dock using CM...haven't tried myself so I'm not sure. But there are modified stock roms like Hydro and Cleanrom that offer all the stock features with added speed tweaks and bloatware removed.

        If you're looking to really make your tf300 fly I recommend also installing an overclocked kernel. I am running clymsen's kernel and it really improves the responsiveness of the tablet.

        • Greyhame

          Awesome! Thanks for the reply =] Happy ROM'ing!

  • Adrian

    I'd just like to note that I've had the JB update on a WW firmware of the TF300T. And Google has been working fine in landscape for over a month now.

    The only issues I've noticed is the very first launch/setup of Google Now does appear to be in portrait mode. All subsequent launches work as normal, though sometimes when you press "show more cards" it stacks them vertically instead of side by side.

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

      Edit: Looks like the welcome screens don't work in landscape, but they work fine after you log in. Bad UX, Google, bad.

      • Adrian

        Thanks for confirming and updated the article to suit.
        Keep up the awesome work BTW, AP is the best Android news site out there! I've tried all the rest and the content is just not half as well done as it is here.

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

    Here's Google Now in docked mode: http://i.imgur.com/7RyeZ.jpg

    Yeah, I'd say that's broken. Auto-rotate is on FWIW.

  • Arsalan Afzal

    Here's a question for all TF300T owners. I have recently notice with games such as GTA, on JB,they are lagging and have to have reduced visual settings as with before with ICS I could put everything on max and it would still run buttery smooth.

  • Himmat Singh

    Ok, a little off topic. I have an Acer A510...and it's rooted. If and when an FOTA update comes, shall I follow the steps above? What if I don't? What's the worse thing that can happen then?

    Sorry if this question sounds dumb, but my rooting knowledge is severely limited.

    • Greyhame

      OTA Rootkeeper does just as advertised - allows you to keep root through the OTA process. If you have apps frozen, your device may not recognize that an OTA is present, as the OTA is looking for devices with stock software (hence the directions stating to unfreeze apps). If you don't use OTA RK through the process, you will most likely lose root. Any apps you have disabled will probably be re-enabled. Other than that, I don't think much could go wrong.

      This is why you buy ASUS versus Acer... MUCH more frequent updates. =]

  • Tommy Gentile

    Original Transformer :(

  • http://twitter.com/andreimp Andrei Muresan

    What about TF300TG ? Have Asus forgotten about it ? :(

  • Samantha

    Can someone please help me! Since I installed this update, and i was asked to reboot the tablet, my asus memo pad 10 has been perpetually loading. I have held the power button to force shut down and it just starting loading all over again. I have even tried the reset button with a paper clip, same thing happens

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