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ASUS to upgrade Eee Pad Transformer tablet to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

News by Dan Seifert on Wednesday October 19, 2011.

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ASUS has revealed to Pocket-lint that it intends to upgrade its Eee Pad Transformer tablet to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Eee Pad Transformer currently runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb.

According to the source, the convertible tablet will certainly get the upgrade to Android 4.0, but there is no current timeline for it. ASUS also said that the successor to the Transformer, the Eee Pad Transformer 2, will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it was not clear if it would be launched with it, or upgraded at a later date.

ASUS is the first tablet manufacturer to confirm that its devices will be upgraded to the new Android operating system. If it is able to get the upgrades out fast, it could be the first manufacturer to actually deliver a tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will debut with the Google Galaxy Nexus smartphone next month. Google has said that upgrades to existing devices will come a few weeks after that. Ice Cream Sandwich offers a number of upgrades, and combines the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS for smartphones with the tablet-ready Android 3.x Honeycomb OS.

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