Here’s a pleasant surprise: ASUS just sent out a tweet saying that US owners of the Eee Pad Slider SL101 would be getting an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich today. So if you’re reading this on a QWERTY-packing ASUS tablet, check your Settings menu for an update and enjoy a tasty software treat, compliments of the manufacturer. The build version is v9.2.1.21.

The Eee Pad Slider hasn’t received the same acclaim or popularity as its Transformer brothers, which is probably why no one’s waiting for a Slider Prime. It shares most of its specs with the Transformer 101, but instead of a keyboard dock it gets a slide-out QWERTY tray built into the case. The moving parts and somewhat awkward form factor haven’t won it the same popularity as ASUS’ slates, but there are still a few who find it useful.

The update for the least popular of ASUS’ high-end tablets does the company credit. We can only hope that more manufacturers will take their lead and resolve for (mostly) timely updates for all their Android devices, not just the ones which sell well. After all, a customer in a purchasing minority is still a customer. Good on ya, ASUS.

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