ASUS Planning to Give Android 3.2 Honeycomb to Eee Pad Transformer Soon

July 14, 2011
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    ASUS announced via Twitter yesterday that it is currently playing around with Android 3.2 Honeycomb on its blockbuster tablet, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. ASUS is still testing Honeycomb’s latest and last version, and is looking forward to sending out the upgrade to all Transformers. No target release date has been specified, although it will most likely come out ahead of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).

    Android 3.2 Honeycomb will reportedly be the last pre-ICS version in the Honeycomb series. The earlier versions of Honeycomb were optimized for large-screen, mostly 10-inch, Android slates and tablets, and had limited support for mobile processors. Version 3.2 carries new features, such as the following:

    • optimized for 7-inch devices,
    • expands support for more mobile processors such as NVIDIA Tegra 2 and Qualcomm’s processors,
    • fixes some bugs and improves hardware acceleration, and
    • provides updates to widgets and apps (e.g., Movies, Movie Studio, Music, etc.).

    With Android 3.2 Honeycomb’s support for the NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor (which the Transformer sports), the upgrade for the Transformer could only bode well for its users. Many users have reported the 10.1-inch Transformer to be stable on both versions 3.0 and 3.1 of Honeycomb, and 3.2 just might make it more stable. Apart from that, the upgrade may even make it perform much better than before.

    ASUS surprised the Android world with the Eee Pad Transformer, which several critics quickly labeled–not necessarily pejoratively–as the “poor person’s iPad.” The comparison to the iPad is rather obvious, since the Eee Pad Transformer has powerful hardware, a comfortable form factor, and awesome display.

    The Transformer’s price is relatively lower and more affordable than the iPad’s, and that’s exactly the reason many people think that the Transformer is a smarter and more frugal alternative to its expensive competitor. Good reason simply asks, “Why waste a few more hundred dollars on an expensive gadget when you can get the same experience and performance at a lesser price?” That question has been asked a thousand times over and the answer is always a no-brainer. The result? The Eee Pad Transformer became one of the most–if not the most–popular non-iPad Android tablet.

    Do you currently own an Eee Pad Transformer? Does it live up to the hype published about it?

    Comments

    • Npompei

      I am really enjoying my TF. It has minor bugs here and there but it really is great. I use it for wedding album showcasing and people think its great. Hopefully over the next few months we get more apps and more updates

    • Mikewong27

      love my Transformer… can’t wait for Android 3.2..

    • Yulun74

      Asus Transformer T101 rocks solid………

    • Amonymouse

      I have an iPhone but am definitely not a fanboi – I am platform agnostic. Bought the TF 101, and like it. The capability of using the keyboard dock and having an expansion slot for a SD card sold me. However, I must admit to being underwhelmed by honeycomb compared to iOS. There are surprising gaps in functionality, etc that have left me wondering if I made the right choice. All in all I am definitely sold on the form factor, but constantly find myself wanting to do things I could do with a regular OS that I can’t with either iOS or android. I think a touch interface is the best to consume content, and having the hardware to create content is awesome (the kbd dock), but the software was designed for mobile phones.

    • Tom

      yep, typing this on the Transformer right now. As in: using a real keyboard ;-)

    • Ecclestoned

      It’s been a litle bit of a love hate relationship as I transition from my comfortable Windows environment. The speed of the machine compared to Windows is breathtaking, however the lack of software crafted over many millenia was worrying. I found that I couldn’t connect to my network via Samba, stream videos or print a web page to PDF. This however was correct with time. ES File Manager’s latest update connect beautifully to my network, Mobo Video Player with ARM v7 add-on streams video great and Dolphin HD Web Browser ad-on allow me to print to PDF. All for FREE :-). I’m sold it can only get better with the next update of Honeycomb 3.2. Microsoft be afraid, be very afraid !!

    • Nas

      The TF is a great tablet, well built. It has its issues I think, like not having a solid app for network printing without having to go through cloud printing. Other than that I see it as a great tablet that is fully customizable unlike the ipad & I once was an ipad owner. I now run a rooted TF.

    • bassy

      love it, a smarter solid browser capable of tasking ajax enriched popups would be grand… however Im sold on it, like the idea of the phonepad, now if you could put a keyboard with it like the transformer – i would pre purchase

    • Quyen007

      how come I can’t play mp4 on my transformer T101? This sucks

    • Quyen007

      can someone please help me? I can’t play .mp4 on my Transformer T101. It’s brand new. If this thing don’t do what I need it to do… I’ll return it and get an iPad. Thanks guys

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