Feb 23 AT 12:56 PM Taylor Wimberly 30 Comments

Asus continues leadership in Android updates, Android 4.0 comes to original Transformer


In the last year, Asus has quickly become the leader in delivering timely Android updates to their existing products. Today Asus announced that Android 4.0 had begun rolling out to the original Transformer TF101. The update is available in Korea first, will hit the US tomorrow, and arrive in other regions soon after.

On their Facebook page Asus said, “Although we will announce several new innovations at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, we take great pride in delivering on-going enhancements and support for products that are well into their life cycle. We aim to continue improving the out of box experience with regular firmware updates.”

Obviously the big advantage that Asus has with the speed of their updates is the lack of being tied to a carrier, but it’s still impressive to see how fast they move.

If you manage to get the update on your Transformer soon, let us know how it performs in the comments below.

Source: Facebook

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    I’m beginning to like Asus more and more! This is GREAT news! :-)

    • Jeff Pan

      If Samsung follows this strategy, Galaxy Tab 10.1 for sure will sell in 10s of millions

    • mattcoz

      It’s strange, because my experience with my ASUS laptop has been completely the opposite. Add to that their refusal to replace faulty chargers for the Transformer that should be covered under warranty and the continued wait for any of the accessories that were promised.

      • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

        If they refuse to properly cover your hardware under warranty (assuming it was defective and not damaged), contact your state’s attorney general office. You’ll see results. However, before you do, try calling ASUS again and talking to somebody else. Sometimes you just get somebody who’s incompetent and should be fired.

  • Wunako

    Cant Wait to rock ICS on my TF101 tomorrow is both payday and i get a update on my tablet??? fuckyea

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      One word: Chrome!

      • Triplanetary

        HELL yes. I’ve been running Chrome on my Nexus S since it first hit the Market, and I’m LOVING it. Can’t WAIT to get it on my TF101.

      • Wunako

        hows the tablet version? im loving it on my G2 my only complaint is that it seems like it would be better on a bigger screen so im anxious to try it out on a tablet.

  • http://whysoangrybirds.com mikeyDroid

    Great news – Super excited to see ICS on a tablet. Honeycomb is whack. Thanks again AAM for my Transformer :)

  • Hall Lo

    ASUS you are awesome! :D So much love to the transformers users!

  • AsakuraZero

    great i thought that google denied the update of the TF101, glad didnt i can dish out the custom rom and get this beauty (with a custom kernel for sure or well CM9 if they get it on this macchine)

  • daveloft

    I just used Nvflash to flash the stock 3.2 Rom back on my Transformer. Shortly after I got an update, but it was just 3.2.1. I’m ready for Ice Cream Sandwich and I can’t wait, ever since i got my Galaxy Nexus Honeycomb has felt very stale.

  • sky

    OTA root keeper for me ..can’t freaking WAIT!

  • Vance

    My wife will be stoked! I love that they aren’t abandoning their existing systems and loyal users. Keep on keeping on ASUS, and other players take note! This. Is. How. It’s. Done.

  • jamal adam

    In order to be the best, you must do what is right and so far ASUS is doing it well. Thank You Asus for being a leader and bringing the best of Android to your products faster than any other manufacturer.

  • Vyrlokar

    I’ve been using Asus motherboards since I built my first computer in 1995, and they have yet to disappoint me. I have a 20 GB/Linux Asus eee PC 901, and I consider it one of the best purchases I ever made. I got the eee Pad Transformer, and damn if it isn’t the coolest gadget I ever owned. That’s to say, so far, I love Asus.

    I’m stocked that they’re releasing ICS at last. I just wonder when will it be released locally (Spain). Still, those who bought the Wifi Xoom locally are miffed! they still don’t have ICS!

  • VS

    My buddy will be happy. I opted for an Amazon Black Friday Deal 8GB Toshiba Thrive and, while very versatile, the company hasnt instilled a lot of confidence that they will be updating it to ICS.

    Oh well, more the reason to go ASUS in the future if the Padphone 1+1+1 tablet hybrid becomes a reality with good performance.

    Cheers Transformers!

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    Asus is not only on top of their games with updates, they’re fairly transparent about their update schedule too. If anything, they’ve historically over-estimated more often than not.

  • Nathan D.

    This is why I waited for the prime since they are awesome =)

  • KC

    Dun u mean “Taiwan” instead of “Korea”. Asus is Taiwanese.

    I’m still waiting for their memoPad (with NFC, S4 or quadcore, ICS++) which will never arrive, from the looks of things.

  • alexanderharri3

    There’s one other device out there besides a Nexus with ICS…and that is the Xoom WiFi – the Google experience reference tablet. AND Asus beat them to the punch for the TF Prime. The Transformer (original) is over 6 months old (note: as is the Xoom) and it’s getting the upgrade earlier than current gen Wi-Fi only devices.

    Go ASUS!

  • inviolable

    Installing XD

  • inviolable

    North Jersey, btw

  • corgimas

    I got ICS on my transformer this morning! Pretty slick…need some more time to play with it….acting a little laggy right now……

  • party714

    Just updated to ICS on my OG transformer; looking good. seems to run snappier. Thank you asus!

  • Miezekatze

    Got the update…using crome to post this.

    I had no idea that ICS had built in spell checker….getting squiggly lines hehe. Its the little things that make me happy.

  • KDubs

    I apologize for this potentially idiotic question, but are most of the Asus tablets running stock versions of Android? If that’s the case, wouldn’t that also be a major reason why Asus is able to push out updates to their tablets faster than anybody else?

  • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

    Installed ICS this morning. Now that I have ICS on both the Transformer, and Prime, be interesting to evaluate performance differences.

  • lolobabes

    Just updated mine, good job asus

  • Paul Jamieson

    Ok, I updated 1 of 10 Transformers we have, but all of a sudden, the rest are saying that there is no update available ..
    I am wondering if they pulled the update for issues ?
    It seems to run super great on the 1 that did get the update for … Hmmm
    Maybe Canada is not in the update list yet, but some how got by for the little time
    i had to try the update …?