ASUS ships 126.96.36.199 update for Transformer TF101
ASUS has just announced it has begun updating the original Eee Pad Transformer TF101 tablet to the latest version of the Android 4.0 update. It supersedes the global 188.8.131.52 update from late in February and carries the 184.108.40.206 firmware number. It brings with it support for Wi-Fi Direct, lets users unzip files in the File Manager, and adds a restore tab function in the browser.
New Hulu Plus app arrives on 7 Android tablets
Streaming TV show and movie provider Hulu on Thursday announced it has made its Hulu Plus service on seven new Android tablets. This includes the Acer Iconia Tab line, ASUS Transformer Prime and Eee Pad Transformer, LG G-Slate, Motorola Xoom, Motorola Xyboard 10.1, and Toshiba Thrive. The app (free, Google Play) will become available for more Android tablets in the future as well, Hulu added.
Court says Transformer Prime too different
Hasbro saw at least a temporary setback in its lawsuit against ASUS over the Eee Pad Transformer and Transformer Prime names. A federal court judge denied a preliminary ban after finding that ASUS' Android tablet was too different from the Transformers' brands characters and toys, even with the clear allusion. ASUS' description was also a literal reflection of the tablet's keyboard docking feature, not just an attempt to seize on a familiar name.
Update to be distributed tomorrow
ASUS will be releasing Android 4.0 for its original Eee Pad Transformer tablet owners in the US tomorrow. The company has posted on Twitter to let customers know it is coming. Taiwanese customers received access to the update earlier today.
Waiting for go ahead from Google
ASUS has confirmed that its original Eee Pad Transformer tablet will soon be getting an Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update. The company has responded to a customer's inquiry on Facebook that firmware is in the process of being approved by Google. ASUS gave no indication how soon the upgrade would be available.
Android 4.0 coming to soon to popular devices
Three of the first devices have been lined up for Android 4.0 upgrades. A source at ASUS told Pocket-Lint that the company's Eee Pad Transformer tablet will get an upgrade to the new OS soon, though a release date wasn't revealed. At the same time, the successor to the tablet, the Eee Pad Transformer 2, will ship with the OS preloaded as well, ASUS confirmed.
Euro Transformer 2 price set at $850 equivalent
The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer 2 may arrive in Europe on November 7, according to a listing on UK online store, Lambda-Tek. Tabletowo found the listing along with some more information, though most of its post was pulled at the request of NVIDIA Poland. The store's description confirms a couple of specs, however, chief among them the use of NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 platform.
Discount ahead of Transformer 2?
ASUS appears to have dropped the price for its first-generation Eee Pad Transformer tablets. The 16GB variant is now listed through Walmart's website for $350, which represents a $50 reduction from the $400 retail price, however several other online retailers still show prices ranging from $470 to $500 for the 32GB variant.
iPad proving popular with students, teachers
Back-to-computer PC sales -- particularly Apple's -- have been "encouraging," according to UBS analyst Maynard Um. "Demand for Apple's Mac computers remains robust as the brand continues to be the most popular among consumers and students heading back to school," he comments. The trend is "consistent with historical trends of Apple outpacing the overall PC industry growth," he adds.
May narrow gap between Android tablets, iPad
Shipments of non-Apple tablets should rise 134 percent in 2012, even as the iPad grows only 55 percent, according to market estimates quoted by Digitimes. While the iPad is still forecast to hold a commanding lead, with 54 to 55 million units, shipments of Android-based tablets are expected to grow to between 44 and 45 million. Only 19 to 20 million Android tablets are predicted for the whole of 2011.
ASUS working on next-gen Eee Pad Transformer
ASUS says it already has a sequel to its popular Eee Pad Transformer tablet in the works. ASUS chairman Jonney Shih says that the company is working on a Transformer 2 that is ‘impressive.’ However, Shih would not be drawn into revealing any details about the device or its launch date.
Honeycomb update downloadable tomorrow
Asus is releasing an Android 3.2 update for its Eee Pad Transformer. The company has tweeted that the new Honeycomb version will be available tomorrow. The upgrade adds legacy app zooming, Exchange fixes, and partial SD card slot support.
Netflix patch works for most rooted Transformers
Owners of rooted Eee Pad Transformers can now install Netflix and watch the shows available on the streaming service through a hack. An unofficial patch made
available on the XDA Developers forums prevents the app from flagging rooted installs and working as it would normally. As usual, the patch isn't guaranteed to work and users are warned to proceed at their own risk.
Eee Pad Transformer 3G 16GB to cost 499 euros
The 3G version of ASUS' popular Eee Pad Transformer tablet has been priced for the Italian market. The product pages are up, revealing a price tag of 499 euros, tax inclusive (about $710) for the 16GB 3G model and 599 euros ($850) for the 32GB version and this fact was pointed out by NotebookItalia. While the website reveals specs and the prices, it doesn't provide a release date for the tablet, though many expect it to be August.
Update brings resizable widgets, other tweaks
ASUS has already released an Android 3.1 update for its Eee Pad Transformer, just two months after the tablet arrived on the market. The upgrade, which was first introduced last month at Google's I/O conference, enables users to take advantage of new Movie and Books apps, resizable widgets, and expanded support for USB-attached devices.
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer gets early taste of 3.1
Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer has been leaked early to the Hot Hardware team. After loading the software package on to a microSD card and then keeping the volume rocker up, while holding the power button down, the team toggled the device into ROM boot mode. After selecting the update, the installation only took a few minutes after which they ran performance benchmarks comparing Android 3.0 to 3.1.
Android 3.1 coming to Acer, ASUS tablets in June
Acer and ASUS have confirmed that their Iconia Tab A500 and Eee Pad Transformer tablets, respectively, will get an over-the-air update to Android 3.1 early this June. Motorola's Xoom was already updated to the latest OS, which proved to boost its performance significantly. All three share 10.1-inch screens and get 1GHz Tegra 2 processors.
Toshiba Android 3.0-tablet not due to late summer
The upcoming Toshiba Android 3.0 tablet introduced at CES and promised to ship in June has been delayed. Toshiba UK's business notebooks chief, Ken Chan, told RegHardware the 10-inch tablet will now arrive during the summer. Chan wouldn't give reasons why the tablet was delayed even when pressed, however.
Former Acer chief Lanci justifies exi, iPad threat
Acer's forcefully ousted former CEO Gianfranco Lanci used an interview on Monday to defend himself and also issue a warning to those competing with the iPad. He claimed to have recognized the importance of focusing on phones and tablets but to have been hindered by nationalist sentiment at his company. While he wanted to roughly triple the engineer head count to 1,000 to focus on tighter hardware and software integration, the Taiwanese establishment was allegedly worried about "de-Taiwanization," AllThingsD heard, and fired Lanci rather than accept that it needed outside help for PCs and other devices.
Target cancels Eee Pad Transformer pre-orders
The Eee Pad Transformer from ASUS will not ship to those who ordered it at Target, Phandroid reported. The retail chain e-mailed those who ordered the device early, informing them the 16GB Wi-Fi device isn't available from any of its sources. The sudden cancellations have been seen as more evidence that ASUS has had to rapidly curb supply.
Eee Pad Transformer sold out due to low shipments
The unusual sellout of the Eee Pad Transformer at its US launch this week was due to its low supply rather than an overabundant supply, AllThingsD was told this week. JPMorgan analyst Mark Moskowitz found that most Best Buy and Target stores are yet to receive any stock of the apparently popular tablet. In his informal survey, none of the stores he spoke to had received the Android 3.0 hardware, making any sellouts more likely due to low stock.
Android 3 tablet designers said delaying launches
Companies building Android 3.0 tablets are supposedly holding back on launches based on concerns of low sales and support from Google. Results for the Motorola Xoom were "lower than expected," according to rumors. Combined with Google's inability to help some partners, many have simply decided to wait before getting into tablets, Digitimes said.
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer gets root
The GPL source code for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer has only been out for three days and the device has already been rooted. The Android 3.0 tablet is yet to be released in the US, and the root was performed by Paul O'Brien, the founder of the MoDaCo forums. Proof of the hack is this picture posted by O'Brien on TwitPic.
Eee Pad Transformer keyboard to cost $150 in US
East Coast retailer PC Richard & Son has recently listed the keyboard add-on for the Eee Pad Transformer from ASUS, according to AndroidPolice, but the listing has since been pulled. The product page showed off the price as $150, which is a little higher than previously expected, as a UK listing had the accessory adding the equivalent of $81 to the price of the 16GB tablet portion. The overall price was higher though, at $688 for the pair, as a Best Buy listing showed the tablet portion priced at $400.
ASUS outs GPL source code for Eee Pad Transformer
ASUS has just released some of the source code for its upcoming Eee Pad Transformer tablet. The GPL portions of the Android 3.0 OS are available on the site, and should allow kernel developers to modify ASUS' version of the OS or make tailored apps.
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer to cost $400 at Best Buy
A listing for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer has now shown up at electronics retailer Best Buy. While the device isn't yet available for purchase or even pre-order, and no ship dates are shown, the price for the standard model is set at $400. The device was recently announced for the UK and Taiwan markets, so a US release should be just around the corner.
Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Slate dated for the UK
ASUS has revealed prices and ship dates for its 10.1-inch Eee Pad Transformer netbook/tablet and the 12.1-inch Eee Slate EP121 for the UK. The Transformer is now available for pre-order and ships on April 6. It will cost £379 ($607) for the 16GB version and £429 ($688) for the 32GB version, with both prices including local taxes.