Original ASUS Transformer might not receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

July 16, 2012

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Some interesting news arrived this weekend regarding the original ASUS Transformer tablet. Multiple reports surfaced claiming the Transformer TF101 would not be updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and instead only new models like the TF300, Transformer Prime, and new Infinity 700 would receive the update. Today however we are seeing mixed reports.

Android 4.1 and the ASUS-made Nexus 7 was released as the first tablet with Jelly Bean, so it only makes sense that ASUS has been working hard on Jelly Bean for all their devices -- and they'll probably be among the first tablets to see an upgrade. According to PocketDroid there is now conflicting reports on their upgrade plans for a few tablets. One source stated the original Transformer as well as the ASUS Eee Pad Slider would not be on the list.

Now ASUS is stating that users of the Transformer and Slider "should enjoy Android 4.1 Jelly Bean too." The main comment only mentioned their latest 3 tablets -- so that is where the speculation or confusion is stemming from. For now with two different ASUS reps saying two things, we aren't fully sure what is going on. Most likely ASUS will release a formal statement on all their devices, but for now we'll have to wait and see.

Even if they decide not to upgrade the Transformer, the developer community will take care of those who want Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. We see no reason not to update the Transformer, especially considering it runs Ice Cream Sandwich with ease. We'll be sure to follow up regarding these updates, and will report back when we hear more.

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  • JonJJon

    Considering it is highly likely the Motorola Xoom will get Jelly Bean (as it is like a de-facto style Android tablet device) it just shows priorities and stances companies do indeed take on the older tablets, I hope the Xoom does get Jelly Bean if to just show up all these other companies just a little bit 😛

  • I hope they do give the ole TF-101 jellybean. It was the first of the Transformer line the father of them if you will, it would be a real shame and a betrayal from Asus.
    if ICS can be ported why not jellybean? or is it a Dual core vs Quad core Tegra issue?

    • aksolanki

      Hi Foosa Noble, FYI the original SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab 10.1 (The very same tablet Google gave to dev’s at last years IO conference!), is still officially running Honeycomb 3.1! My other tablet the ASUS TF-101 has 4.0.4 and has had two updates since it got Ice Cream Sandwich. There is your betrayal right there.

      If ASUS do roll out ICS for the TF-101 that truly would make it the go to brand for ANDROID tablets. Fingers crossed.

      • What I meant by betrayal is if ASUS shuns the TF-101 the first of the transformers in favor of their newest babies. I understand the whole upgrade thing hell my moto Razr just got ICS. ASUS has been awesome with updates and bug fixes better than dare I say anyone else. so I’m not complaining here about that. but it would irk us TF-101 faithful if they skip jellybean on us since our TF101’s are barely a year old…..

  • cdragonm

    Is there a specific site i can subscribe to so I can get updates on the spot? I have a f300 and only JUST found out about he first update which made my Panoramic camera work and resolved a few other things (but made wifi signal weaker…) If there are any please reply here

  • Nannaspanna

    Hi all you android buffs! I am a technophobic Nanna and I have the opportunity to buy an original used Asus Transformer.(Brown with keypad option). I am thinking of getting it for my Grandson who starts college this year but don’t know if it will do what he needs. Hes going into photography and environmental studies. Any thoughts?