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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Gets Android 4.0

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Android Ice Cream Sandwich Update

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer was our standout product of 2011, earning the Product of the Year gong in the TrustedReviews 2011 Awards. And it’s now set to get even better, with the update to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) beginning to roll out in the US and Taiwan.

Asus yesterday announced on its Facebook page that the update would begin in Taiwan, and confirmed via Twitter that the update would begin today in the US for the Wi-Fi versions (TF101) of the Transformer. Of course, its quad-core successor, the Transformer Prime, has already been given the ice Cream Sandwich treatment and we'll be bringing you an updated review very soon with the new OS.

Asus said: “Many of our Eee Pad Transformer TF101 users have waited patiently for the promised Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update and we are delighted to announce that the first wave of FOTA updates for TF101 firmware v. started today in Taiwan. The update will FOTA in other regions soon after.”

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Android Ice Cream Sandwich Update

How "soon after" is still unclear with many Transformer users in Europe and elsewhere waiting (im)patiently for the update.

Initial reaction from those who have managed to download the update seem to indicate there are some issues with apps randomly crashing as well as random reboots. XDA Developers members are also reporting that the official update does not break root access and if you want to root your device, then you should do so before updating to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Have you managed to update to Ice Cream Sandwich? Let us know in the comments and how you're finding the new OS.

Source: Asus (Facebook and Twitter) and XDA Developers


February 24, 2012, 8:48 pm

My TF101 has just informed me that there is a "firmware update" available. I'm assuming this is ICS, though I'm still in the process of downloading it - so it appears the UK has been rolled out too.

James Skimming

February 25, 2012, 3:40 am

Installed my upgrade just now, and liking it a lot. First impression is the UI is much smother.


February 29, 2012, 7:22 am

I am using a TF101 with keyboard and just upgraded to ICS (USA). The first thing I noticed is that the machine slowed down or at least the graphics display slowed down. The second thing I noticed is that I get an error message that says, "Unfortunately, android.process.media has failed" or words to that effect. This happens most often when booting up cold but happens at other times as well. This morning it occurred three times in three minutes but doesn't seem to affect the operation of the machine.

The next thing I noticed is that in the lock screen I am told that I have selected to display owner information but there is none. This is the same as in the previous version but there is no indication of where to go to complete the information.

It appears that the Settings feature has been modified considerably and some of the previously available settings are simply no longer available.

My attempts to leave inquiries with ASUS on their web site have proven futile. They ask you a series of questions that have nothing to do with your problem. The difficulty is that if you don't make a choice (even though it is incorrect) you can't move to the next step in the process of troubleshooting; not a good sign. I have attempted to contact them by email but there doesn't seem to be any way to do that either, at least not from their website.

It would be a useful service if tablet apps were posted to a separate location or at least identified properly. As it is, about half the apps downloaded turn out not to work or only work in portrait mode.

Candidly, I am having a difficult time getting enthused about ICS after these experiences.

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