ASUS has officially confirmed that Jelly Bean will arrive on its entire Transformer Pad lineup, which includes the lower-end Transformer Pad (TF300), the now mid-range Transformer Prime (TF201), and the recently-released Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700). Given that ASUS is the manufacturer of the Google Nexus 7, it only makes sense that it would be bringing Jelly Bean to the rest of its current lineup – as Google’s premiere Jelly Bean manufacturing partner, it currently knows the software better than any other gadget manufacturer out there. ASUS also has an admirable record regarding Android updates in general, and in light of HTC’s recent fail (along with the failings of others, too), this announcement is quite refreshing.
Here’s the full statement:
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.
There’s no word yet on whether or not ASUS plans on updating the original Transformer tablet, but it did get the Ice Cream Sandwich update. Any device that’s running Ice Cream Sandwich now should be able to run Jelly Bean with minimal hiccups. And ASUS didn’t rule it out yet.
In any case, this is great news for me as a proud Transformer Prime owner. The only question that still remains is: when will it come?