Over the past months, ASUS has consistently led the pack when it comes to Android updates. The Taiwanese manufacturer was among the first to update their tablet lineup to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and, from the looks of it, they are about to extend their lead with the Jelly Bean updates.
Last night, ASUS send out an email to customers that states that the Transformer (TF300T), Transformer Pad (TF201), and the top-of-the-line Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) will receive their Jelly Bean update in the coming months. Here’s the full message.
Dear valued ASUS customer,
At ASUS, one of the key commitments we make to our customers is a relentless drive to deliver the best user experience. We constantly strive to achieve this goal through our ‘Design Thinking’ philosophy that includes regular software and firmware updates for our products.
We are pleased to announce that many of our tablet products are scheduled to receive an update to Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. The ASUS Transformer Pad, ASUS Transformer Pad Prime and ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity are all scheduled to receive Android 4.1 updates in the coming months. We will provide further guidance on our expected timeframes for these updates near their release.
We are still investigating Jelly Bean updates for other devices, but we are not in a position to confirm whether any other products will be eligible for an update at the moment.
Thank you for your continued support.
As you can see, it seems that there is some uncertainty about the updates for ASUS’ other products, like the TF101 (the original Transformer) or the Padfone. We don’t worry too much about it, though, as ASUS has previously confirmed that the TF101 (at least) will get Jelly Bean. Plus, the difference between ICS and JB is not that significant, so we can’t imagine why ASUS (or any manufacturer for the matter) would choose not to upgrade their ICS lineup to Jelly Bean.