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Last Updated: April 26th, 2013

At the beginning of March, ASUS became the first company to push Android 4.2 to a non-Nexus device when the update came to the TF300. At the time, the company promised 4.2 for the TF700 and MeMO Pad Smart sometime "in the second quarter." We're now three days into Q2, and ASUS has started pushing the update to the TF700 (Infinity). Talk about delivering on promises.

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New font!

Announced late last night on the official ASUS Facebook page, the update brings all sorts of goodies to the device:

Upgrade to Android Jelly Bean 4.2

  • Multiple account login for up-to 4 user accounts
  • ASUS Screen Saver in DayDream Feature

New app:

  • Parental Lock
  • New Camera AP

New function:

  • Lock screen wallpaper

Improvement:

  • New UI for ASUS IME.
  • Set Ethernet settings as default ON.

IME Settings (TW/CN SKU only)

For users who have modified the default ASUS IME settings in Jelly Bean 4.1, hand-writing IME will be OFF by default, and users will have to turn it on in the IME Settings after upgrading to Jelly Bean 4.2

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Aside from that, the update also brings new widgets (including lockscreen widgets), better looking fonts, a new software keyboard (like the one on the MeMO Pad Smart), and "general improvements to overall performance." Yay!

So there you go – get it now in Settings > About tablet > System update.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/Twitteninja Zargh

    It keeps the Honeycomb layout? Interesting, I thought Google would mandate that. What does the Quick settings drawer look like?

    • wideopn11

      If it's like the TF300 update, there is a Launcher setting option to switch between 4.1 and 4.2 layout.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nicholas-Snowdeal/627272243 Nicholas Snowdeal

        Where is that?

        • Adam Stevenson

          well on the TF700 it AINT there. Thats the gripe I have!

      • Ivan Lisenkov

        Where is this setting? I cannot find anything in Screen settings section.

        • Adam Stevenson

          stop looking you wont find it ......cause it aint there in the settings of the TF700...

      • http://www.facebook.com/arthurdent6.7 Thomas Nelson

        Its missing on the TF700. My wifes tf300 has the Launcher tab in the setting but not the tf700. This pisses me off since I love the new 4.2 layout and don't have it on my TF700. Real letdown since that is what I was looking for the most.

        • Adam Stevenson

          I agree totally Thomas. My lower end tablet - the TF300 looks better now that the flagship tablet - the TF700 even though both tablets have the exact same jelly bean version - minus the launcer tab option on the software update to the TF700. Why on earth would ASUS omit this tab in the update to the TF700 !?

        • Eye4Detail

          You can get it but it takes some playing around. For some reason they hid the option for the tf700. I stumbled on it when I was playing with activities shortcuts in ADW Launcher. If you're interested, do the following:

          1. Install and launch ADW (or any other home screen replacement that allows custom activity shortcuts like Nova or Apex).
          2. Long-press the home screen and go Add>custom shortcut. Tap choose activity then "activities".
          3. Scroll down the list to Settings and tap to expand it. Then scroll down to an activity with "switch launcher" in the name and select it.
          4. Hit OK to create your shortcut then tap to launch it. You'll be given one option to the effect of "switch to stock 4.2 launcher". Tap it and you'll get a pop-up telling you that the tablet needs to restart to apply the changes. Tap OK and you're one reboot away from a stock 4.2 experience.

          I've attached a screenshot as proof that I'm not just messing with you. Enjoy the layout, I know I am.

          • davide

            it works!!! thanks so much man!!

          • davide

            the only problem is that you can not switch back :)

          • davide

            forget about the last comment.... :D

          • Eye4Detail

            I was gonna say, I toggled mine back and forth a couple of times using the same shortcut.

            Enjoy and spread the word. The activities shortcuts have helped me get around all kinds of things yet I never hear of anyone else using them.

          • http://www.facebook.com/MikeGrahamsDomain Michael Graham

            This is so helpful, thank you!

          • Eye4Detail

            No problem. It's amazing the cool things you can find by playing with the activities (though I've inadvertently screwed things up before too).

          • Rob Ward

            Great tip, thanks. It worked like a charm. I have found one issue from the upgrade however. It seems that when upgrded to 4.2.1 JB all of a sudden my wallpapers are really messed up. If I choose an image and try to center or stretch it, using any application, the image is distorted and thrown to the top or left and not where I wanted it to be.

            It really irks me. And Asus only says to do a factory reset. Did it and it just repeats when the system comes back up. And the reset does not go back to ICS.

          • Eye4Detail

            Do you mean it's been doing this since you switched to the 4.2 style layout or since you installed the firmware update?

            IF SINCE SWITCHING STYLES: Try recreating the Launcher Switcher shortcut and changing back to the ICS style. Then set the wallpaper.

            IF SINCE UPDATING FIRMWARE: Try using Wallpaper Wizardrii (it's in the Play Store). It has all kinds of cropping/stretching options and might be able to override the bug.

            Either way, it sounds like Asus has a few bugs to iron out but fortunately, they're pretty good about releasing follow-up updates.

          • paul

            Excellent find....worked like a charm. Thanks

    • kirino

      It's nonexistent in the classic Tablet UI layout.

      There's a toggle in settings to switch it to 4.2 layout (as on the Nexus devices), which in that case, almost every part looks 100% stock Android except the homescreen indicator, clock in the top right of the screen, and battery icon (if you have a keyboard dock).

      • http://twitter.com/Twitteninja Zargh

        Ah, thanks.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        I see nothing of the sort on the TF700. Am I just overlooking it?

        • Eye4Detail

          See my reply to Thomas Nelson below...and feel free to drop my workaround in an article to help fellow Infinity owners if you want. You guys can spread the word a whole lot faster than I can.

          P.S. No root needed.

  • Dan

    No update yet. :(

  • selonmoi

    I can haz on Prime?

  • Cherokee4Life

    I thought I read on XDA that there were serious issues with this update.

    • Jonathan Berry

      I know my TF300 is much more unstable after the 4.2.1 update for it.

      • NexusKoolaid

        Not surprised. My TF101 was stable when it ran Honeycomb but the first ICS update made it nearly unusable. Two fixes later and its much better, but there are still a good handful of annoying glitches and issues. I have zero trush in Asus updates.

      • Adam Stevenson

        I second that ! mine too....very buggy and laggy now with the 4.2.1 update :-(

  • jonathan3579

    Off topic: 4.1.2 is rolling out to the AT&T Optimus G as of today. I figure any news of updates is good news.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=39889200

  • Robert Williams

    wish they would do this for the TF101 :(

  • Ivan Lisenkov

    There is a new iOS like ASUS keyboard, also.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ScottStandishParkin Scott Standish-Parkin

    Yup, got the update last night. So far it's decent for stock ASUS UI. Obviously, there still is some lag but not anything horrible to write home about. Some apps appear to open up faster (varies across apps) but the NVision app has been running very smooth. Will be putting it through the trials later after work, but pretty nice so far.

  • ljg500

    So far, the 4.2 update is proving to be a fast and stable performer. Peformance appears to have improved over 4.1 for apps like News 360, Feedy, Flipboard, general browsing, Falcon Pro (Twitter app), etc. You may need to restart the system a few times to get optimal performance- though I not yet had the need to cold boot. I disabled the Asus screensaver app in 4.2- and the others, what I consider bloatware, remain disabled afer the 4.1 to 4.2 update. This no doubt helps performance.

  • unixdude1

    Upgrading my Asus TF300T has been nightmare city. It was GREAT before. Now, 1., No sound from the HDMI connection. 2. Can no longer toggle to fullscreen on YouTube when connected to HDMI. 3. I have no use WHATSOVER for all of the new "wonderful" features of 4.2.1, like having 4 accounts. Is there only way to do a rollback?
    Plus, Asus Tech Support has been TOTALLY WORTHLESS! Even tho it is under a year old, they would not even connect me with a Tech because they said that Android is a "software" problem, and the warranty only covers "hardware"! UNBELIEVABLE! I've NEVER seen Tech Support this SUCKY!!! UNREAL!!

  • unixdude1

    Asus told me to do a factory reset after the Android 4.2.1 upgrade messed up. I DID that and it is STILL using 4.2.1! Do these clowns know what a FACTORY is? It is hard to believe that they will have you do an upgrade and not have any way to do a rollback. And how did these IMBECILES not notice that there is NO SOUND when you plug your HDMI into the TV? Are all they DEAF, in addition to being IDIOTS?
    Sorry to be insulting, but these Asus dudes deserve it. They need to take a course in Operating Systems 101.
    I'm almost afraid to even run the fix. Maybe it will destroy my work-arounds!
    However, the price was right, so I can't complain too much. It would be GREAT if I could just get rid of this IDIOTIC 4.2.1 and get back to the actual factory settings.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeansebastien.beaulieu.334 Jean-S├ębastien Beaulieu

      You probably don't know anything about the inner workings of Android. Factory reset on pretty much any mobile OS (including iOS...) is just a matter of deleting all settings and applications.

      What you're trying to do is not a factory reset. You're trying to downgrade your OS version. It seems Asus' guys are not the ones who needs an OS 101 course...

      Plus, owning both a TF700t (mine) and a TF300 (my gf's), I have to say both updates have been beneficial to our tablets. My TF700t flies like it never did before, and my gf's TF300 is a lot more stable.

  • billholderby

    I updated this morning only to have the launcher crash and open the main page and crash again and again. I had to wipe the whole pad and start over. IT works better but I still get a launcher that stops working especially when trying to play around with widgets. Anyone else have a similar problem?

  • billholderby

    Update on my previous post. I keep getting "Unfortunately, Launcher has stopped", this keeps coming up when I sort through the widgets.and try to look at what I have or post one on a screen. Something is not right. ASUS customer service is not good either. The guy did not know the difference between a browser and a launcher. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions, or do I just send this pos in to the company to get repaired????

    • John Korvac

      i'm getting the "Unfortunately, Launcher has stopped" message as well on my new Asus Memo Pad HD7.

      • John Korvac

        found an awesome solution... download Next Launcher 3D... problem solved.

    • Woftie

      I can't help you but I have about the same problem. After I had downloaded 2 apps from the Playstore, I got the "Unfortunately, Launcher has stopped" message and since then have not bee able to do anything at all. Restarts and reboot in safe mode didn't help and since I am a normal user and not a freak, there is nothing more I can do. I have only had the MemoPad HD 7 for a week so I think I will send it back to Amazon, where I got it, for a refund. I am very disappointed as I was very happy with it for the few days that it worked and even wrote a very positive review on the Amazon website. I bought it and not the much more expensive iPad as it got such stellar ratings on Amazon. Now I think I will have to drastically revise my review. You get what you pay for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/calvinlhart Calvin Lee Hart

    Well i never received my update for my tf700t and now when i try to do a system update check i receive an error that there is an internet problem or the server is busy. And it says I'm up to date. I cant find anything on their site about the new update or any issues. Any ideas?

  • aaxof

    This update has left my tf700 laggy and half my programs crash during use or freeze during load. Not happy!!!

  • DT

    Quick Settings Launcher location on TF700T with 4.2.1 update:

    Settings - Device - ASUS customized settings - Notification Panel - UNCHECK Use ASUS Quick Setting

    This does indeed change the quick settings launcher/notification panel, but doesn't move it to the top of the screen, and I assume its at least something closer to the stock 4.2 launcher.

    BUT... argh... it is missing the user switching function. The only way I can see to switch users is from the lock screen. Did ASUS release a tutorial or user manual for this stuff?

    I don't think leaving users running is the cause of this (30mb/each is not much memory), but 4.2.1 is really dragging/lagging in several ways. As others have said, typing sometimes is ridiculously slow (seconds for a letter tap to register a letter on-screen), and apps can take tens of seconds to open/close. I am even surprised by how slow the tablet powers off... but this is not consistent and I don't see the cause.

    I have nothing special on the tablet; market apps, music, and not much else. No rooting, no modifications, no custom launchers or such. Really its a stock TF700T that was running great on 4.1. Did I get a corrupted 4.2.1? ASUS wants me to do a factory reset, but that is a heinous process - a day's work for me to setup the tablet again, and tears from my little girl who looses her app data. I'd rather get a different tablet.

    Oh, last thing, why does the new onscreen keyboard have to make keystroke sounds? The "Touch Sounds" setting is off, and I can see no way of turning off the keyboard sounds... its ridiculous, particularly when the keyboard is lagging for seconds between keystrokes!

    • cathy

      Make sure the right top sound button is clicked off and you won't hear clicks.

  • DT

    EDIT: I found the keyboard settings and turned off the noises. Silly for an OS update to change user settings by setting defaults.

    • Guest

      Where is this keyboard settings located?? I need to turn off the clicking sounds its driving me nuts!

  • Marty

    My upgrade was also a nightmare but I used the built-in App backup/restore and saved everything after the upgrade to a flash drive, did a complete system wipe and then restored everything after and it runs great now. Absolutely ridiculous that I'd have to do that but I'm glad to get it running well now.

  • Kutter

    Where do you get these changelogs? Is there an official asus changelog site?

  • nickolas varjas

    umm mine on the lock screen like i press the lock button and slide and nothing happens

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