ASUS has confirmed that the Eee Pad Transformer and Transformer Pad Infinity will be getting the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update later this year.
Reports that the Eee Pad Transformer and the Eee Pad Slider would not be getting Jelly Bean were denied by ASUS in Germany, who announced the Android 4.1 update in a blog post.
ASUS Germany did not specify a date for the Jelly Bean upgrade, but the ASUS Transformer infinity will likely be the first to get the update, followed by the Eee Pad Transformer and Eee Pad Slider.
ASUS's Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 has started shipping and will compete against Google's new Nexus 7 Tablet and Apple's iPad.
ASUS unveiled its all-new powerful 700 series in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The new tablet wowed fans with its 1920×1200 HD resolution that beats most laptops and doubles the brilliance of its predecessor, which comes with 1,280x800 pixels.
While both the Tf700 and Nexus 7 come with a Tegra 3 processor, the Tf700 is clocked at 1.6 GHz and the Nexus 7 comes in at 1.3 GHz.
The Tf700 is also an improvement on the Eee Pad Transformer Prime Tf201, which was released in December. The Eee Pad was criticized for its poor GPS performance, which Asus said stemmed from a metallic unibody design that affects the performance of GPS when receiving signals from satellites. Most of the tablet's glitches have been addressed, changing its back-panel design to increase the performance of GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, it said.
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update was unveiled at Google's annual developer's conference in June. Its performance is significantly faster than Ice Cream Sandwich and it is built to harness the power of mobile processors better and improve CPU utilization, according to Google.
The main aim of Jelly Bean's Project Butter is for devices to run with silky smooth graphics and a seamless response rate. It does this by predicting where the user's finger will be.
Google Chrome Default Browser
Google Chrome on Jelly Bean has replaced Honeycomb and ICS's default browsers. It's speedy, elegant and one of the best browsers on the market.
This is a new feature to Jelly Bean that is run through a Siri-like voice recognition tool. It gives you answers and prompts based on your interests identified through your Google Search history, calendar and location data.
On Jelly Bean, widgets can be re-sized and organized by users manually.
Improved Camera App
The Jelly Bean camera app has been improved the way photos can be viewed. Users can access their photos in an instant with a swipe gesture and a pinch-in-zoom gesture turns the screen into a filmstrip.
The NFC file-sharing interface has been significantly improved through Jelly Bean. Users can now hook-up to another NFC-enabled Android phone by tapping it against another device. Information is then transferred between the two phones through Bluetooth.