Asus to update some Transformer pads to Jelly Bean

It looks like even more previously released Android products will get an update to the new Android 4.1 OS, otherwise known as Jelly Bean. Google has already offered updates to the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S smartphones, and plans to do the same with the Motorola Xoom tablet. HTC has also confirmed it will apply a Jelly Bean update to the HTC One X, One XL and One S smartphones at some point.

Now Engadget reports that Asus will also offer an Android 4.1 update to at least three of its Transformer tablets. In a statement, the company said, "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."

Asus was non-committal about other Android products getting the Jelly Bean update, stating, "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."

Of course, Asus is the manufacturer of the first product that has Android 4.1 out of the box, the Nexus 7 tablet. Sales of the tablet, sold directly by Google, have already exceeded the supply. In particular, the 16 GB version is currently unavailable from Google.

Source: Engadget

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Its not fair for the other users with the "other" ASUS transformer pads to get royally screwed, unless you root your android for custom ROMS and the latest release of Android. Reminds me too much of Windows Mobile and we all know how that turned out in the end. Messy and confusing for the average user and its going to be like that for as long as the platform exists.

To me its things like this that makes Android a mess. Companies should know rather quickly if a device supports it, none of this guessing and getting users hopes up then telling them their year or 2 old device is left behind.

What makes it even worse is how many users manage to bakes ROMS to support devices that the manufactures don't, and even get them to run smooth and stable. My co-worker has a 2 year old phone that Verizon and motorola stopped releasing Droid updates for but he still has a build of the most recent Phone OS running on it just fine. I feel that companies are taking advantage of Droid updates to force users into new phones. Devices would have a longer shelf life and users would be happier if Google did the research on what devices could run an update and they just pushed it out over the air or as a downloadable update.

@mac said,
To me its things like this that makes Android a mess. Companies should know rather quickly if a device supports it, none of this guessing and getting users hopes up then telling them their year or 2 old device is left behind.

You're misunderstanding the issue here. It's not whether older devices support Android 4.1 or not, it's whether it's feasible for Asus to support older devices or not. Updating a firmware even from Android 4.0 to 4.1 it's not an easy task. A lot of coding, bug fixing, testing and polishing need to be done before a new firmware can be released to the world.

This costs a lot of money and sometimes this makes no sense any more for older devices which are not more on sale. It might be just more efficient to just this workforce to support newer devices and that's exactly what ASUS is now evaluating or not, nothing else.

At least Android device manufactures still have a choice unlike with Apple or Microsoft which quite rapidly stop supporting their old devices even though technically, they could still support them with new updates easily.

vacs said,

At least Android device manufactures still have a choice unlike with Apple or Microsoft which quite rapidly stop supporting their old devices even though technically, they could still support them with new updates easily.

Apple is due out for the iPhone 5 soon, and they have already said the 3Gs will still get iOS6, and that's a 3year old device. The HTC Incredible came out a year after the 3Gs and is already unsupported.

I have the T300 -- no want unless there is an alternative to Flash that Jelly Bean no longer gets support from Adobe and I don't want to use Chrome either damnit!!!

sava700 said,
I have the T300 -- no want unless there is an alternative to Flash that Jelly Bean no longer gets support from Adobe and I don't want to use Chrome either damnit!!!

google "flash.apk" and install it...

sava700 said,
I have the T300 -- no want unless there is an alternative to Flash that Jelly Bean no longer gets support from Adobe and I don't want to use Chrome either damnit!!!
Devices at the OEMs request can get official adobe flash support.

sava700 said,
I have the T300 -- no want unless there is an alternative to Flash that Jelly Bean no longer gets support from Adobe and I don't want to use Chrome either damnit!!!

if you already have flash installed before the update. flash will still work after the JB update.. or sideload flash.