Last Updated: March 13th, 2013

It's been over four months since Google officially announced Android 4.2 and slightly less time since the initial round of new Nexus devices running it went up for order. Much like the gunshot that kicks off the 100-meter tortoise race, that launch signaled the silent contest to see which manufacturer could get out a non-Nexus update first. Today, we have our winner: ASUS, with a shiny new version of Jelly Bean for the Transformer Pad (TF300T).

The manufacturer has also promised that there will be updates to its App Locker, Virtual Keyboard, Lock Screen, and Setup Wizard applications. Initially, the update will only be available via OTA for U.S. customers, but will expand to other regions throughout the month of March.


The update will bring multi-user support which is fantastic news, but also piques our curiosity. Back when 4.2 first came out, Artem noted that the lack of a permissions system on some (read: most) micro SD cards could cause some problems when it comes to multiple users on the same device. This will be our first real chance to see how ASUS decides to tackle this very significant problem.

Users of other ASUS devices, fret not for you are remembered. The company also announced that 4.2 updates will be coming for the Transformer Pad Infinity, MeMO Pad Smart and MeMO Pad some time in the second quarter.

To the best of our knowledge, this is the first Android 4.2 update for any device that isn't a Nexus. Yet, it's still coming nearly four months after the Nexus 4/10 were officially launched. If that PDK release were meant to improve the speed of upgrades, then it only seems to be having a marginal effect at best. Still, good on ASUS for being the first out of the gate.

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Android 4.2 released for the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300

Improvements include enhanced performance, stability and multiple user account logins

Fremont, CA (March 4, 2013) — ASUS is excited to announce Android 4.2 is now available in the US region for the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T. Android 4.2 will be released to Transformer Pad owners via a free over the air update starting today in the United States and will be available in other regions during March. This new version of Android enhances performance and stability, improves the user experience with new features as well as providing multiple user account logins.

The ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 is one of the most successful ASUS tablets to date and offers a full notebook PC experience when attached to the innovative mobile dock. ASUS is committed to providing the best customer experience, and is the first manufacturer to receive Android 4.2 for partnered tablets. The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity, ASUS MeMO Pad Smart 10”, and ASUS MeMO Pad will receive Android 4.2 in Q2.

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.

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

    ASUS <3

  • Jason Banich

    Do we know if its going to be 4.2.0, 4.2.1, or 4.2.2?

    • New_Guy

      It's 4.2.1

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

    Re: http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/10/30/here-is-another-reason-google-continues-to-shun-sd-cards-multiuser-support/

    I think multi-user is easily solved with assigning /sdcard to internal storage as ext4 and using the physical sdcard as /extSdCard or something like that, similar to what Samsung already does. Then Apps2SD still works right, and the external storage is still shared as you would expect. I think that's what ASUS did here.

  • Mark

    What, no TF200 updates? The Transformer Prime needs as much help as it can get, since Asus has big problems with the tablet's I/O. At the very least update the bloody stock Gallery to Android's stock 4.1 version.

    • Loren Cogar

      Look into the microsd data fix for the i/o problem. No software update is going to help out that issue. The Infinity TF700 has the same issue.

  • Jayson Escano

    better than samsung

    • Tomi Golob

      There are already leaked 4.2.1 ROMs out for SGS3 before this announcement. Not such a bad thing but of course ASUS came first ...Samsung is doing a decent job in the past year for the international version of SGS3

      • Jayson Escano

        well i guess samsung is great in supporting their flagship devices..i'm just disappointed coz my tab 7.7 was stuck on ICS since forever..lol..here i am still hoping for a jelly bean update

        • Tomi Golob

          That is another matter and I completely agree about this ... If it doesn't sell as much it is likely Samsung won't push for new system updates . Get a Nexus 7 like I did and I'm very happy with it and it's cheap (display is surprisingly good!). I have the WiFi 32gb version and I bought it for like 274 euro. Oh and the NFC thingy (Android Beam) works perfectly with my SGS3 - I'm saying that because many people think that SGS3 has NFC that only works with S-Beam, but it also has normal Android Beam which is great. I was reading this article with my phone but wanted to switch to Nexus 7to continue reading on it...tapped the back of my phone to my nexus 7 and here I am!:) oh man,the technology is evolving so fast...

      • nexusFromNowOn

        If it's one thing we have learned in the past is that leaked ROM does not at all mean that it's close to release, hell, it doesn't even mean that they will release it.

        • Tomi Golob

          Well they said they will release it...I'm not sure where your reasoning comes from. Also SGS3 is their most popular phone and they learned from past mistakes regarding updates...

  • http://profiles.google.com/dc4316 Ismael Rodriguez

    Damn. No mention of the TF201?

    • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

      I am too hoping for this one.

    • michael interbartolo

      yeah I noticed that also. we aren't that old a device (not even 18 months) to abandon us so soon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Hekdog Scott Hekman

    I hope by Q2 they mean early April. The Infinity could use a few more bug fixes to get it running to its full potential.

  • ralph

    Samsung, Motorola, and HTC gotta learn from Asus

    • omnom

      Yes, Asus updates their devices quickly but they ALWAYS have problems with them. Not small problems mind you but serious problems. Rather have slower updates with less problems. Could be just me though :/

      • New_Guy

        I have to disagree. I've had three updates on my TF300 now and not had an issue with any of them. Maybe a couple of minor bugs that don't bother the experience, but I'm not sure if there any OS's or versions that are devoid of bugs.

        • Γιώργος Γραφιαδέλλης

          Goodmorning I updated to 4.2.1 two days ago and from the second it was done the tablet was rebooting every 5-10 minutes. I did a factory reset, wipe cache/data without solving the problem. Finally I reverted to ICS and everything was fine again.

    • Toss3

      Samsung is already leaking 4.2.1 builds for the SGS3.

      • Tomi Golob

        Indeed...Samsung did quite a good job I have to say, with these updates. At least that is true for the international version, which got Jellybean relatively fast

    • Tomi Golob

      Leaked versions of 4.2.1 are already available for SGS3

    • New_Guy

      I'm loving Asus very much, right now. Really wish we could get a phone from them in the US.

      • Tomi Golob

        I agree... They make gorgeous devices. Their phone in the padphone package is stunning . Also the UI and widgets they putt on their tabs look amazing

  • selonmoi

    Abandoning the premium Prime while supporting it's down-market sibling? I sure hope not!

    I've certainly learned my lesson about buying anything non-Nexus.

    • Athishay

      You do realize the 'premium' Prime will get the update soon right?
      The message you should be taking home is that Asus is working in multiple updates, not just for the flagships, at the same time and maybe this one got all bugs and issues sorted out before the 'premium' Prime.

      The other OEM's should be learning their lessons from Asus.

    • Loren Cogar

      The Prime is an older device. The Transformer Infinity TF700 should get it first being their flagship device followed by the 300 and then the Prime. Either way the 300 shouldnt be getting anything first.

      • New_Guy

        Not necessarily. The TF300T, on the inside, is the Nexus 7. It's literally as close as you can get to the Nexus 7 without being a Nexus 7, just a bigger screen, better camera, and HDMI out. The other Transformers are a bit different. It's just easier to get it on the TF300 first because there's not much to change. unfortunately for 700 and 201 owners, they will never get the update before the 300. But, hey, I have the TF300 so I'm not one to complain :)...

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  • http://www.betheunchurch.blogspot.com maisonpulaski

    So the Asus 301 will get 4.2 before the Verizon Galaxy Nexus will officially get 4.2? Awesome job Verizon.

  • garyngkt

    I guess they have totally forgotten about the TF101

    • Matthew Merrick

      Considering the Nexus-in-all-but-name Motorola Xoom wasn't even updated to 4.2, I'm not surprised (they have nearly identical hardware)

    • GDamen

      Well, yes they have abandoned the TF101, but luckely there is a community which already has various ROMS with 4.2.2. running on the TF101. I use EOS4 (http://public.timduru.org/Android/tf101/eos4/#main) which works like a charme.

      I even had 4.2.2. earlier on the TF101 then on my N7

      • ChumbleSpuzz

        Thanks! Seems like CM will never update their TF101 nightly past 10.0 (AOSP 4.1.2). May get a few more months out of this thing after all.

  • http://profiles.google.com/kamontryst Tyler Walles

    so, my wifes tf300 downloaded and updated, but now the touch screen doesnt work, screen orientaton is switched 90 degrees to the left, and under about tablet, its says its the tf201... wth?

    • Tomi Golob

      Hahah...no way?? That sucks man

    • heat361

      The 90° thing is a 4.2 problem. Your tablet saying tf201 is Asus putting the wrong model number in the build prop

    • New_Guy

      Oooh, you may need to factory reset that thing. Downloaded it last night and mine is working perfectly fine. Better than fine, actually.

      Edit: Also, be sure not to touch it while it's doing its thing. Just resist.

    • GazaIan

      How did you get to the settings screen with a non functional touch screen?

      • http://profiles.google.com/kamontryst Tyler Walles

        i have the keyboard, and that works perfectly

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Charitos/536042829 John Charitos

    Sorry , but CM won me over had 4.2.2 on my tab for few weeks now with stunning performance

    • Adam92Wilkins

      do you have a dock that you use with the tablet?
      also is there overclocking options for CM 4.2.2?

    • Greyhame

      Don't you lose dock functionality?

  • BBXiong

    In the meantime, TF101 users are still waiting...

  • IncCo

    Asus is indeed quick, one of the reasons might also be that they dont mess with the UI all that much..

  • alan

    4.2.1 to be exact

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    ZTE N880E was technically the first device to get Android 4.2, though it's only available in China, which I guess most won't count. :P

  • http://profiles.google.com/tcjstn Justin Cunningham

    I'm frustrated that the infinity is getting the update later than an older, supposedly more outdated tablet.

    • New_Guy

      People with older devices would feel the opposite if the shoe was on the other foot...

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

    >> If that PDK release were meant to improve the speed of upgrades, then it only seems to be having a marginal effect at best.

    Ever since the PDK was announced, I've believed that if it would have any impact, it would be on new devices (and the sad reality is, it doesn't even make any real impact on that front at all.)

  • s44

    Hm, Asus chopped out the redundant notification bar? Great.

    • PieterHarmse

      Actually, they ship BOTH launchers (4.1 AND 4.2), which you can switch between (requires a reboot though) - but this is great for those who prefer the "old" 4.1 tablet UI :)

      Great job Asus!

      • Tomi Golob

        But that's freakin awesome!

  • Greyhame

    Is anyone familiar with the rooting process of these devices? I am guessing that updating to this latest build would prevent you from being able to root your device using the already established methods... yes?

    • Tomi Golob

      Well,the 4.1.2 update that came for my phone changed the bootloader. So I assume this update for the Asus tablet will also change the bootloader... I don't think it will be long before you could root it again,surely. I would advise caution for using the already established methods of gaining root access

      • Greyhame

        Thanks for the reply =)

        • Tomi Golob

          You're welcome ,good luck!

  • MrLockOut

    I wish I would have seen this earlier so I could bring my TF300 to work...Can't wait to get my hands on the multi-user support! Finally won't need to skip a beat every time the gf wants to use the tablet... ;)))

  • http://www.facebook.com/gpsunil00 Sunil Gupta

    amazing work by asus
    really all other country need to learn from asus

  • Rish

    People, tell me what to do)

    I have a Asus Transformer Pad TF300TG and I'm still on 4.0.3 ((

    Why there is no update and that I should do?))

  • Nick

    Have had nothing but problems with new update. Device shuts down, pics sometime take with lines in them. Slow, it freezes some time i cant unlock it from sleep mode. So i just unlocked the tf300t and downgraded best thing i could have done. Asus was no where near ready to release that up date. The TF300 lagged as it was now this. I regret buying this tablet next will be a Samsung

  • Andries

    The multi-user support is great. However, my second account cannot access /Removable/MicroSD. Does anyone know how to configure this?

    • Andries

      ... on a Asus TF300T, Jelly Bean 4.2.1.