Asus is reportedly working to deliver the new Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to its Transformer tablets. It also works to roll out a 7-inch cheaper tablet with the firmware. The Taiwan firm has just brought Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity. Sooner, we can expect the most recent update of Android on these devices, said a customer rep of Asus said. “We are currently working on the development of Android 4.2 for our tablets,” Tech Radar writes referring to the source.
Well, Transformer users will be happy to hear the news. But, Asus hasn’t yet made an official confirmation on this. It isn’t also clear which variant of the Transformer tablet will get the firmware update first. It is certain that with Android 4.2, Asus Transformer tablets will get more advanced features and improved functionality. Currently, the software runs only on Google’s Nexus devices like Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Features
Of course, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean packs a set of amazing features. They mainly include the facility for setting multiple user profiles on a single device. As it is with a Windows PC, you can set multiple accounts for every user in a family. It has been one of the much awaited features on Android. “The most obvious addition is the option to create multiple user profiles on one device, which even offers full customization options to make the tablet distinctly unique for each user,” says Tech Radar.
Another major highlight of the new Jelly Bean update is Gesture Typing. It lets users easily swipe their fingers over the letters in order to compose words and sentences. There is no need to type on keys for creating texts. Google Now gets a complete overhaul with the Android 4.2. You can feel a new voice recognition experience with the new firmware. Many more small updates are added into the card.
Asus Rival for Google Nexus 7 with 4.2 Jelly Bean
A rumor is gaining momentum that Asus is working on a 7-inch tablet with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The device to be named the ME-172V may come as a gruesome alternative to Google Nexus 7 (produced by Asus itself) and Amazon Kindle Fire HD. The device is expected for official release at CES 2013. A South African blog iAfrica.com has broken up the rumor. As per the blog, the device is expected for sales in South Africa for R2000 and it will have a 1024×600 capacitive display.
The Asus ME-172V is rumored to get power from a VIA WM8950 processor, 1GB of RAM and a 400 graphical processor. It may sport 8GB of internal memory and a microSD slot for further memory expansion. The device is up with a powerful 4270mAh battery. Going by camera, it may sport a 1MP front camera for video chat. There is no word on its rear camera, which may be absent.
Well, Asus has good experience in producing Android tablets. Earlier, the company released MeMo 370T for a fight against the products from other tech makers. As well, the successful Nexus 7 is produced by Asus and it has a set of high-end tablets like the Transformer Prime, Infinity and more. As per reports, Asus is expected to start selling its 7-inch tablet for a price of $199. It is the same price Google and Amazon sell basic models of their Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD.
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is to come more devices in coming months. The software is now only available with Google’s own tablets and smartphone. Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 are the only tablets with the firmware. Meanwhile, it is up on Nexus 4 smartphone. Moreover, Google has started to roll out the firmware to its former handsets like Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S.