Asus has already said a couple of times that we’re going to see Android 4.0 on the upcoming Transformer Prime by the end of this year, but what about their other 2 tablets, the original Eee Pad Transformer and the Eee Pad Slider?
If you’ve already bought one, then you can relax because Asus had put out this official statement where they say the Android 4.0 update is coming to all their tablets, however they don’t seem to give an exact schedule:
“Are you waiting for Ice Cream Sandwich? Good news for ASUS customers. Google recently announced the latest update for Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, which brings some exciting new features and capabilities. At ASUS, we pride ourselves on delivering a great experience with our products, thanks to frequent updates that further enhance our products’ capabilities.We’re delighted to confirm support for Ice Cream Sandwich on the ASUS Eee Pad Family – our aim is to bring the latest Android update to the Eee Pad Series, but at this time we are unable to set a date for its release. Please stay tuned for more news on our Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade plans.”
Asus has been very good with Honeycomb updates so far, so I’m sure those will see the updates some time in early 2012, too. The reason why Asus has been so fast with updates is probably a combination of realizing how important updates are in the mobile market, utilizing stock Android (so no extra development time to put their skin on top), and it could also have something to do with Honeycomb itself.
It’s possible that with Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sanwich, the architecture of the software was designed in such a way that it allows for faster updates. So maybe it’s not a coincidence that Google announced the Android Update Alliance earlier this year.
It will just take time to have Android 4.0 on all phones first, and then the updates may be a lot easier to do. I guess we’ll find out in the next couple of years if that theory is true. It might become true if it also pushes manufacturers towards using stock Android, or lighter skins.