If everything had gone according to plan then we might have been witnessing the launch of the Transformer Prime tomorrow. However, that’s not to be as the launch has now been pushed back to December and not Nov 9 as was initially announced. The Eee Pad Transformer has been the best selling Android tablet and its sequel, the Transformer Prime, is also keenly awaited. Such a delay in its launch is sure to disappoint many.
However, the Transformer Prime will come with Android 4.0 ICS right out of the box when it is launched in December. This is in contrast to Asus’ earlier plans to launch the Transformer Prime running Android 3.2, while offering the latest Android ICS as an upgrade later on. Digitimes also claims the move on part of Asus to launch the Transformer Prime pre-loaded with Android 4.0 has been the result of increased co-operation from Google, who has agreed to provide all the assistance needed on this. Google had earlier been accused of not supporting Taiwan based hardware manufacturers enough with the latest version of Android, a lack of support that many believe has led to Windows 8 making fresh inroads. However, now that Google has arrived to make the transition easy for Android 4.0, this in turn might prove costly for Microsoft, as they might be forced to be lenient on license fees.
In any case, the Transformer Prime is one Android tablet to look forward to. More so as the new version is touted to carry the usual lighter and slimmer frame that’s typical of all upgrades. Plus there is the quad core chip to look forward to as well.
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