If you’ve marked November 9 on your calendars for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime’s big release day, you’re going to have to wait it out a little longer, as the release date has been moved to a December date.
To console aggrieved fans out there who have eagerly waited for the release, the delay comes with a bonus: the ASUS Transformer Prime will natively run on Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich, and not Android 3.2 Honeycomb.
Sources note that Google, who is behind the Android mobile operating OS, has not been very supportive of Taiwan-based PC vendors in upgrading from Android 3.0 to Android 4.0. As such, more of these vendors are turning to a rival OS, Microsoft’s Windows 8.
This recent move by Google is hoped to diffuse some of this resentment and hopefully, win back the vendors’ loyalty. It’s also a move that is seen by most observers as something that will let Microsoft reconsider lowering its licensing fees.
There’s one more thing though. Rumors have circulated that the release date for the ASUS Transformer Prime has been pushed back so it won’t compete with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which is the flagship Android 4.0 or ICS device. If that’s true, there’s not much we consumers can do about corporate wars, is there?
Are you joining the pack that’s getting this new device on release day in December?