ASUS Readies Android Jelly Bean Update For Tablets

By Khurram Aziz | Nov 21, 2012 12:42 PM EST

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ASUS is currently working on the release of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for its Transformer family of tablets, according to reports.

However, it's unclear as of now which Transformer tablets will be getting the update or when the update can be expected.

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Droid Life reported this news post a conversation an ASUS customer had with a customer service representative who said "We are currently working on the development of Android 4.2 for our tablets." 

Android 4.2 adds significant features to devices running on the older Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, the most obvious of which is the option to create multiple user profiles on one device. The feature even offers full customization options to make the tablet distinctly unique for each user - such as a separate home screen, widgets, apps, background, and games.

The update also brings Gesture Typing to ASUS Transformer users, which allows them to swipe their fingers across multiple letters to create words, rather than typing in a traditional sense.

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is already available on a variety of devices such as Google's Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Nexus 4.

Recent reports have suggested that a bug in the latest version of Android Jelly Bean prevents users from adding contacts with a December birthday. However, Google has promised, via a post on Android's Google+ account, that it will introduce a fix to this bug soon.

Reports of the Android 4.2 update for ASUS tablets emerged as the company announced the release of its PadFone 2 device in Singapore.The device, similar to its original PadFone, features a smartphone which can dock into a 10.1-inch tablet known as the PadFone 2 Station. The smartphone itself has a 4.7-inch display, a quad-core processor, and high-speed LTE capability. It also comes with 2GB RAM, 13 megapixel camera and 1080p30 or 720p60 video recording.

No details as to when the device will release in the US are available, but it was launched in Taiwan in October and will hit the shelves in Singapore on Nov. 22.

The device is available with 32GB and 64GB of internal storage, and is priced at $848 and $988 (Singapore dollars), respectively, without the PadFone 2 station.

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