ASUS Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity Android 4.1 upgrade rollout begins

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Sep 262012
 

ASUS Transformer Pad InfinityThe good news started yesterday when ASUS Sweden announced that it had begun upgrading the Transformer Prime (TF201) tablet to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The deployment was limited to Sweden but was a good omen that deployment to other countries would follow soon after.

Today comes word via Facebook that Android 4.1 upgrades for both the TF201 and Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) would begin soon across more countries:

We are pleased to announce that we will soon be rolling out the Android 4.1, Jelly Bean update for both the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) and ASUS Transformer Pad Prime (TF201).

A more specific message posted on xda-developers indicates that the uprade will begin within the next 48 hours in both Canada and the U.S.: “For those users in the US and Canada, the 10.4.2.15 Release should be available within the next 48 hours.”

Read more: ASUS Sweden [via Facebook] (in Swedish), ASUS [via Facebook], and xda-developers

ASUS statement on Transformer tablet Android 4.1 update

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Jul 212012
 

ASUS Transformer Pad InfinityFollowing a Facebook statement by ASUS Germany, an ASUS press release has reconfirmed that original announcement. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates are confirmed for the Transformer Pad (TF300), Transformer Pad Prime (TF201), and Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700):

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

As far as an ETA, we’ll have to go with “in the coming months” for now.

ASUS is still looking at bringing Android 4.1 to other devices. Hopefully more good news will follow soon for owners of the original Eee Pad Transformer TF101 and other devices.

Read more: Engadget

ASUS now taking orders for free Transformer Prime GPS Extension kit

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Apr 172012
 

As expected, ASUS is now offering a free GPS extension kit to improve GPS capabilities of its Transformer Prime tablet. The move is in response to complaints about GPS connectivity that surfaced quickly after its release. A number of firmware updates followed but the tablet’s aluminium design is believed to limit the functionality.

Although the Transformer Prime is not a professional GPS device, as part of our unwavering commitment to customers we are offering all Transformer Prime owners a free external GPS extension kit, called a dongle, which may help improve signal reception and optimize the user experience. We are pleased to announce this offer as part of our commitment to customer service

ASUS Transformer Prime GPS dongle

Described as a dongle, the accessory is actually a long bar that plugs into the docking port. As a result, the keyboard dock cannot be attached at the same time. Users will need to choose: GPS or keyboard.

Orders for the free kit must be placed by July 31st. Qualification is based on the Prime’s serial number.

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ASUS to offer GPS accessory for Transformer Prime

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Apr 072012
 

ASUS Transformer PrimeShortly after the release of the ASUS Transformer Prime, ASUS was forced to respond to complaints about GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity. A number of firmware updates have since been released and ASUS went as far as describing the Transformer Prime as “not a professional GPS device,” and removing the GPS reference on product pages.

The fact that the upcoming Transformer Prime TF700T will come with a new back panel design meant to improve GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth performance also suggests that GPS performance on the current Prime is limited by the hardware design itself.

ASUS has now confirmed that it will soon offer a Transformer Prime “GPS-improving attachment” to address the GPS reception issues. The company expects to announce full details on April 16th. It remains to be seen if the new accessory will be offered for free.

Read more: AllThingsD

Upcoming ASUS Transformer Prime “awesome new features” update revealed

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Mar 282012
 

ASUS Transformer PrimeIntrigued by what ASUS has in mind for its upcoming ASUS Transformer Prime firmware update? It looks like ASUS Italy could not wait any longer and has revealed what will be in version 9.4.2.21 on its Facebook page. Among the new features you will find are:

  • Face Unlock
  • Lockscreen notification controls
  • Google Play rebranding
  • ASUS Vibe to version 2.0 with new interface and more content
  • Support for LAN connections using USB converter
  • Camera updates to happen with system updates
  • Ad-hoc network connections now supported
  • HDMI output to TV switching between portrait and landscape

ASUS Italy also indicated that the update will be pushed out very soon and starting as early as Thursday, March 29th.

ASUS Italy also revealed that the company is working on another update for the original Transformer with fixes for some of the stability issues that popped up with the last update.

Read more: ASUS Italy (in Italian) [Google translation] (Source: Droid-Life}

ASUS working on Transformer Prime update with “awesome new features”

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Mar 282012
 

ASUS Transformer PrimeASUS today posted on its Facebook page an update indicating that it was working on a new firmware update for its Transformer Prime tablet. The update is terse and does nothing but tease:

Awesome new features coming in the next Transformer Prime firmware update. Stay tuned!

There is no word on exactly what these features will be or when Transformer Prime owners can expect to see them on their tablets.

Read more: ASUS (via Facebook)

ASUS pushes out Transformer Prime GPS and Wi-Fi fix

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Jan 192012
 

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer PrimeASUS has begun to push out an update for its Transformer Prime tablet. It focuses on addressing GPS and Wi-Fi performance issues. The move comes after ASUS responded to GPS issues by describing the Transformer Prime as “not a professional GPS device,” and removing the GPS reference on product pages.

Build 9.4.2.11 will also upgrade Android to version 4.0. It also changes the Menu key for non-tablet apps to dots from lines and fixes some screen issues reported during prior Android 4.0 updates.

To check to see if the update is available to you, check Settings > About tablet > System.

Read more: Droid Life

ASUS not to release 3G Transformer Prime

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Jan 162012
 

ASUS Transformer PrimeASUS has apparently shot down suggestions that it would release a 3G-enabled version of its Transformer Prime tablet. The company responded to rumours of an upcoming 3G-enabled Transformer Prime with a redesigned case with a statement that said that “no such product exists on its current roadmap.”

The next Transformer Prime model, the TF700T which sports a higher-resolution display, improved front-facing camera, redesigned back panel and still Wi-Fi-only, will launch in Q2 2012. It is expected to co-exist with the current Transformer Prime.

But ASUS did not rule out future 3G-enabled tablets. It expects that some models of future “high-end products in the Transformer family” will sport 3G connectivity.

Read more: Focus Taiwan (Source: The Verge)

CES 2012: ASUS Transformer Prime Android 4.0 rollout begins today

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Jan 092012
 

NVIDIANVIDIA had some good news for ASUS Transformer Prime users who may have been disappointed to hear about the Transformer Prime TF700T coming in Q2. The Android 4.0 update which had been scheduled to start on January 12th is in fact starting today!

This officially makes the ASUS Transformer Prime the world’s first Ice Cream Sandwich tablet.

Time to dive down into the system settings to see if the update is ready for your Transformer Prime…

CES 2012: Asus announces Transformer Prime TF700T with WUXGA display

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Jan 092012
 

ASUSASUS has barely begun to ship its Transformer Prime tablet that it today announced a new model. The Transformer Prime TF700T will come with a number of improvements over the original model, the most notable being an upgraded WUXGA (1920×1200) 10.1-inch display.

The TF700T will also come with an improved front-facing camera. Gone is the 1.2MP camera in favour of a new 2MP one that will also support HD video chat conferencing. It will also feature a new back panel design meant to improve GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth performance. GPS functionality was removed from the original Transformer Prime’s specifications due to poor performance. It will also ship with Android 4.0 pre-loaded unlike the current model which will receive the update starting on January 12th.

Other specifications should not change from those of the Transformer Prime TF201. It will also be fully compatible with the TF201’s keyboard dock.

The ASUS Transformer Prime TF700T will be available in Q2 2012 for US$599 for the 32GB model and US$699 for the 64GB model.

ASUS responds to Transformer Prime GPS and bootloader complaints

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Jan 032012
 

ASUS Transformer PrimeIn the same update where it announced the release of its Android 4.0 update for the Transformer Prime, ASUS also tackled two complaints that have surfaced as customers began getting their hands on the tablet.

First, ASUS responded to complaints about varying degrees of success (or lack thereof) getting GPS to work properly. Describing the Transformer Prime as “not a professional GPS device,” it explained that a number of factors can affect performance. Among them is the tablet’s metallic unibody design as well as external factors such as weather, buildings, and surrounding environments. A fix for the issue may not be as simple as a software patch. ASUS has gone as far as removing the reference to GPS functionality on product pages:

Please understand there are limitations when using the GPS function. To avoid inconveniencing users who demand a powerful GPS device, we made the decision to remove it from our specification sheet and marketing communications. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

ASUS also indicated that it will release bootloader unlocking tool after it came to light that the Transformer Prime comes with a locked and encrypted bootloader. It attributes the decision to lock it down to DRM, namely Google DRM. It warns that customers opting to use the unlocking tool will not only lose access to Google’s video rental service but will also void their warranties.

No timeline was given for the release of the bootloader unlock tool.

Is either of these a deal breaker for anyone?

Read more: ASUS Facebook page

Android 4.0 updates to start January 12th for ASUS Transformer Prime

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Jan 032012
 

ASUS Transformer PrimeASUS today announced that it will begin to push out an update to Android 4.0 for the Transformer Prime on January 12th:

ASUS has been working hard to make the highly anticipated Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich available on the Transformer Prime, and today, we have good news for you. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich FOTA worldwide update for the Transformer Prime will start from Jan 12th, 2012. Thank you for your patience and support through this process.

ASUS also announced that it will release a maintenance update before that. Update version 8.8.3.33 will improve the focus of the camera, the fluidity of the touch experience, and the APK capabilities in Android Market.

Read more: ASUS Facebook page

Canadian ASUS Transformer Prime availability update

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Dec 202011
 

The Canadian shipping situation for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime has been a moving target for a while now. It looks like it is set to improve now with a number of Canadian retailers now announcing that they have received some stock or will soon do so.

NCIX, the first to report shipment delays, has received their “first batches of the 32GB Grey model.” Meanwhile, Best Buy Canada let its customers know that it is now looking to release the much anticipated tablet on December 30th (despite still showing a December 20th release date on its site). TigerDirect yesterday began to ship its first pre-orders.

The websites for NCIX, Best Buy Canada, Future Shop, and TigerDirect Canada all currently show the Transformer Prime as out of stock. If you did not pre-order it already, it appears that your chances of finding one in the next few weeks will be pretty slim.

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ASUS Transformer Prime begins shipping in Canada

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Dec 192011
 

At least one Canadian retailer appears to be shipping the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime on schedule. Tiger Direct Canada has confirmed to at least some customers who pre-ordered the tablet that their orders have begun to ship. Shipments are coming out of the US and delivery is scheduled for later this week.

ASUS Transformer Prime order shipment notification

Last week, NCIX, Best Buy Canada, and Future Shop all reported shipment delays. It’s not clear if these retailers will be able to start shipping their orders this week.

Meanwhile, reports of shipment delays are now emerging out of the US as well. Engadget reports that Best Buy has begun to alert pre-order customers of shipment delays between one and two weeks. A number of Amazon customers have also seen their orders “inadvertently canceled” but have been told that they can re-order.

Sources: MobileSyrup and Engadget

More evidence of ASUS Transformer Prime delays?

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Dec 132011
 

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer PrimeMore evidence has surfaced that the ASUS Transformer Prime has been delayed. It appears though that the delay could be limited to Canada. The initial reports came from Canadian online retailer NCIX. Now both Best Buy Canada and Future Shop have confirmed to MobileSyrup that pre-order customers have received emails notifying them original shipment dates will not be met. A portion of the email reads:

We’ve recently been informed by Asus that there is an unexpected delay in receiving the items, and as a result, we are unable to ship the tablet on the date originally planned. We’re sorry to be the bearer of this news; however, we will contact you as soon as we receive the shipment from Asus, and are ready to ship the product to you.

Engadget also received a tip from a source at ASUS Canada that “the WiFi range on the TF201 did not meet our quality standards” and that the tablet would not ship until “a new solution” was implemented. Things got interesting when Engadget then received word from ASUS US indicating that the Transformer Prime was still on schedule for shipment on December 19th. A similar statement was sent to The Verge a few days ago when the story first broke.

One thing seems clear: Canadians are not likely to get their Transformer Prime tablets before Christmas. Customers in the US might still be lucky (but could have to deal with some Wi-Fi issues).

Sources: MobileSyrup and Engadget