TAIWANESE HARDWARE VENDOR Asus has said it is still planning to release an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) upgrade for its original Transformer tablet this month.
Transformer TF101 owners have been waiting patiently for the upgrade, which should arrive by next Wednesday. However, February only has a few days left for Asus to get the update rolled out on time.
Asus said on Facebook, "A quick refresher on the TF101 ICS Update that you are all so patiently waiting for. Our engineers are working hard on getting this ready for you as soon as possible and are still aiming for a February release."
While users have been waiting for the new operating system, Transformer Prime TF201 owners have received multiple updates. These were to mostly to fix bugs like random reboots and graphics problems, and most recently to allow unlocking the tablet's bootloader.
Earlier this month Asus was forced to deny a delay to the Android 4.0 ICS upgrade for the Transformer after its Singapore Facebook page said it could tip up in March.
It's worrying that Asus hasn't given a specific date for the over the air (OTA) update, but RIM launched its Playbook OS 2.0 this week without announcing a date before releasing it.
Things are looking brighter now that Asus has started to roll out the upgrade in Taiwan with other regions to follow.
It said on Facebook, "we are delighted to announce that the first wave of FOTA [firmware over the air] updates for TF101 firmware v.188.8.131.52 started today in Taiwan. The update will FOTA in other regions soon after."
Asus has also released a strange teaser video for next week's Mobile World Congress (MWC) featuring some Russian dolls and the line, "1+1+1= Endless Posibilites". We hope the spell checker won't be making the announcement.
Following the news that the update is rolling out in Taiwan today, Asus has confirmed that the rollout will begin in the UK tomorrow.
It said, "The OTA update will, barring security issues, be starting in the UK tomorrow so keep a steady eye on your devices and let us know when you get it and what you think!" µ