Android 4.2 Jelly Bean just saw its launch last week, and manufacturers may already be working to get the updated operating system on to their devices. ASUS is reportedly in the process of getting the next-generation of Jelly Bean on to its line of Transformer tablets.
According to Dutch Android news blog Android Planet, the news came when one user placed a call to ASUS customer service to ask about when the Transformer Prime would see an update. The representative did not specify when the update would launch and did not confirm which devices would see the upgrade.
Below is a rough translation of an excerpt from the Dutch blog that contains ASUS’ response to the customer. The translated text comes courtesy of Google Translate.
“Asus has confirmed that the Transformer Prime TF201 update to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is received. Reported that the Customer against Asus Android Planet reader Erik. ‘When Google launches a new Android version, it will take a while before we update our customers spread. We are currently working on the development of Android 4.2 for our tablets. The update will naturally follow and you get an automatic notification on your tablet if it is available,’ said Asus.”
It is important to remember that until ASUS makes a public announcement concerning its tablets, this can only be considered heavy rumor. The notion that ASUS is working on bringing Android 4.2 to its devices is strictly based on the alleged words of one ASUS representative.
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It’s also worth noting that not all ASUS tablets have been updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean yet. In early October, the manufacturer began to roll out the “buttery smooth” update to the Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity. However, users should keep in mind that ASUS was one of the first tablet creators to get Android 4.1 following its launch. The TF3000 Transformer Pad saw the Jelly Bean upgrade in August, only about two months after it officially began to roll out to handsets and tablets.
The only devices currently running on Android 4.2 include the Galaxy Nexus, the recently released Nexus 4 handset, the Nexus 7 tablet and Google’s new Nexus 10 slate. The search engine giant officially rolled out its next generation of Jelly Bean alongside its Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 products one week ago, and both devices have shipped with the update firmware out of the box.
While some users may be eagerly awaiting the latest iteration of Android, others might be wishing they were still running on the previous OS. Users have reported a number of issues and bugs with Android 4.2 in the first week it has been made available. Some of these glitches include auto brightness issues and random reboots, among others. The People app which comes with Android 4.2 is also missing the month of December in its calendar.