Unlike most major Android manufacturers, which are struggling with getting out Jelly Bean updates even for the newest and coolest gadgets, Asus has already managed to officially put Android 4.1 on an aging mid-range tablet.
Transformer Pad TF300T adopters have been spoiled with tasty Jelly Bean treats a few weeks ago, but that doesn’t seem to be enough for the 10-incher. A new OTA (over-the-air) software update is being rolled out to the TF300T as we speak, and, while we don’t exactly know what it could possibly upgrade at this point, we have to hand it to Asus for some very solid support work.
The new upgrade brings the tab’s software to version 10.4.2.13, and claims to “improve the stability” while not clearing “any of your data”. That sounds like a typical maintenance upgrade set to eliminate some bugs and iron out kinks that might have appeared with Jelly Bean, but right now nobody is reporting any noteworthy improvements or tweaks after installing the software package.
Still, I’m sure that most of you are curious and will want to take the update for a quick spin, so, if you’re yet to receive a prompt message, go ahead and manually check for it by accessing Settings –> About Tablet –> Software updates.
Those of you who’ve rooted your Transformer Pad TF300T might have some trouble finding the update or installing it, but fortunately there is a way for you to enjoy the new software package, too. According to a couple of XDA Developer users, all you have to do is unfreeze your system apps, backup your root, reboot your tab, apply the update, and then re-apply your root. If that doesn’t work, you can always ask the help of skilled independent devs over at XDA to get you out of your pickle.
Now that the Transformer Pad TF300T looks taken care of for a pretty long time software-wise, we’re expecting Asus to live up to its other promises for Android 4.1 updates. The Transformer Prime TF201 and Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 are next in line, and, although there are numerous unofficial JB-based ROMs out there for both tabs, our advice would be to have patience for a few more weeks.
Right now we’re more interested in this minor update for the TF300T and whether you can notice any “stability improvements” after installing it. Can you?