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Google Halts Transformer Prime Release To Update OS To Ice Cream Sandwich?

According to the DigiTimes, Google is working hand in hand with ASUS to make sure the world’s first quad-core tablet, rightly named the Transformer Primelaunches with the brand new Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. It is being reported that Google in the past has “cold-shouldered” PC makers and that some were looking to turn towards Windows 8, but Google is now on board with ASUS and making sure consumers will be happy with their new tablets.

There is one small issue though. If Google and Asus decide to launch the tablet with Ice Cream Sandwich, there is a chance that this could lead to a delay. According to this rumor, that could mean a December launch, which is disappointing, since this is such a killer tablet. But with the addition of Ice Cream Sandwich, that makes it all the more desirable.

Would you rather get the first quad-core tablet early with Honeycomb or have it slightly delayed to get ICS?

Via: Android And Me, DigiTimes

  • http://www.facebook.com/LuisElTiburon Luis Rojas

    I read about this last night And this caused great strife in my household. My girlfriend is convinced we need a tablet. After some research, we decided that the Galaxy tab 10.1 was our choice over an iPad 2. Then I saw the Asus Prime and I told her we must wait a few weeks for it! She agreed because she liked the styling plus the dock. Then I had to break this news last night. And she refused to wait a month. She NEEDS to go to bestbuy today to buy a Galaxy Tab 10.1. Long story short, I had to hide our debit card and ended up sleeping on the couch, thank you google/asus

    • Anonymous

      You should test the Galaxy tab out, it’s really not that great once you try it. The Xoom and Transformer are much smoother. I still think tablets are kind of worthless though next to real portable computers like laptops which are basically the same size. Macbook air is thinner than a Galaxy tab.

      • http://www.facebook.com/LuisElTiburon Luis Rojas

        I just went out and bought a Zeenbook, so i understand the productivity argument. We just want one because we have a little extra money, dont need one. She really doesn’t like the thickness of the Xoom or Transformer. She really liked the way the Galaxy Tab and iPad 2 felt in hand.

        • Anonymous

          I love Android and have had many Android devices, but I would recommend the iPad 2 over the Galaxy Tab. It runs ten time better than the Galaxy Tab. iOS is kind of limited though, but it has a lot of nice apps and better games than Android. No Flash on iPad2 kind of sucks though.

          • http://www.facebook.com/LuisElTiburon Luis Rojas

            Well if the Prime lives up to the hype, it will be a better buy at 500 than the iPad. I just really hate itunes and dont want to be tied into it. I know as of right now, in the realm of apps, iOs kills Honeycomb, which is why i hope Ics fixes. I wish Samsung wouldnt of placed dumb Touchwiz over Honeycomb made it laggy :/

      • Anonymous

        my xoom has replaced my laptop on many occasions. i only use my laptop for downloading movies n music and like typing a paper for school (thats only b/c i dont have a blue tooth keyboard) Honeycomb tablets are great for replacing a computer if you dont want to deal with having one all the time. Its not a complete replacement but once you have one, your laptops n desktops start collecting dust for short periods of time

    • Anonymous

      to me the xoom is better than the G-tab. its been updated more and its smoother. the problems it did have arent there now. the Xoom is a better tablet just a little bit heavier but ur arms arent made out of butter so its really not that big of a diff 

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariafe.c.oneill Maria Fe Camaya O’Neill

    So long as they can get it out well before the holiday season then put ICS on it. This tab will be a game changer.

  • Kevin Lovan

    Delayed for ICS would be nice! That way, I can get my Galaxy Nexus, sell my TF101 and save up and get the new TF Prime!

  • Anonymous

    If this is half as decent as it is hyped to be, I will be happy to get rid of my Ipad 2 to purchase this. I’m happy to wait a month for ICS. 

  • cojan

    Delay not a problem so long as it doesn’t become a bionic delay and make it obsolete by release date

  • Anthony .

    awesome!

  • Sean

    Early with Honeycomb with an upgrade to ICS following close behind.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Google. It’s good to see your are putting in at least some of an effort to fix the ecosystem. It’s an F’ing mess right now. Only 44% of all Androids on Ginger Bread…please get sht together.

  • M.Slab

    I’m just waiting for the ICS update for the first-gen Transformer

  • Darat532

    Have it shipped with ICS. That way the consumers will have a complete up to date device instead of waiting for an update. I think this is the way that all releases of upper end devices should be handled. Consumers will be happier in the long run for the short delay up front instead of the multi month wait for an update.

    • babadush

      Well said

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

    Always better to release with the newest OS.  Too many manufacturers are shady about updating

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ERGFEP4UFWHHWDEHTUWLMSJHO4 Mike

    Im waiting for the hexacores to come out running Google Marshmellow.  Icecream Sandwhich… jelly bean… kit kat… lemon bar… marshmellow. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ERGFEP4UFWHHWDEHTUWLMSJHO4 Mike

    Im waiting for the hexacores to come out running Google Marshmellow.  Icecream Sandwhich<jelly bean<katkit<lemon bar<marshmellow

  • Anonymous

    ICS all the way baby…get it done!!!

  • trumpet444

    It’s cool. I’m willing to wait. 

  • John

    The delay means:

    You will have to wait a little longer to get a quad core tablet.
    You will not have to wait as long to get an ICS tablet.

    The ICS update to this tablet would most certainly come at a later date than the delayed release.  I.e. If the tablet was released this month without ICS, it probably wouldn’t get the ICS update until after the new delayed release date.

    I’m all for it.

  • Rob Becker

    ICS no doubt. +1 to Google for getting involved.

  • Seizeone

    i would rather get it early and then get the ota soon there after!  : )

  • Anonymous

    If it’s ready now there’s no point in delaying it when you can just update later. This is very disappointing.

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Android, but I will not buy anything but a Windows 8 tablet. iOS and Android are still phone OSs shoved onto a tablet, Windows 8 is a full desktop OS built for tablets.

    • John

      No, it’s a hybrid OS built for tablets that scales better to desktop applications.  I would use it for this purpose, but I do not like Win8 as a desktop only OS.

    • trumpet444

      I’d rather have both, but I see your point

    • Dominick DeVito

      Android 3.0+ was made for tablets, sorry but disagree about your Android comment.

      With that said, yes, Windows 8 is a hybrid designed for both. Let’s see if MSFT can pull it off.

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    I think this is a great idea instead of releasing another Honeycomb tablet. ICS is here!

  • http://www.facebook.com/japultra Jason Nguyen

    Wouldn’t it have been awesome if the Galaxy Nexus was named the Nexus Prime and both of these “Prime” products were the first products launched with ICS? I think I would have gotten both just to say I had the first of both devices with ICS. 

  • PyroHoltz

    This thing NEEDS to ship with ICS. If it doesn’t I fear it’ll get lost in an endless sea of like tablets.

    • Anonymous

      You actually think that the average person knows what honeycomb or ice cream sandwich is? The only thing that matters is the price point if it has any chance to take away from Apple and now Amazon.

  • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

    Comments are bugging out…test!

  • http://twitter.com/zk0sn1 Nee Austin

    Current blog situation is that you get one chance at a review, based on a day’s worth of time by the reviewers.  (The Verge was BRAGGING that it spent a whole day on the RAZR review)    

    It’s definitely better to wait if you can significantly improve the device with a short delay.

  • Anonymous

    With the speed and frequency that ASUS has pumped out updates for the first TF, I would rather get the device sooner with Honeycomb, knowing that as soon as its available, they will update to ICS.

  • http://twitter.com/OptimusIM Olatunji

    nooooooooooooooooooo but yes but noooo damn

  • David

    Good things come to those who wait.  

    • babadush

      Also mantra lost in today’s society

  • http://twitter.com/jd092 jd092

    I dont know! ugh…

  • Anonymous

    Hey Google.. how about working with Verizon first to release the phone that you announced almost a month ago!.. remember?
     

  • JMac726

    I’ll take Option 3) Get it early with ICS

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MPR3KPSSSXL2ZBPL7OA4V4B62U DanielG

    just release it now, I can root and upgrade it myself to ICS later anyway if I care that much.  I think everyone has been waiting for this thing for long enough already 

  • Iliketotroll

    why do i need a quad core again

    • Anonymous

       because apple doesn’t have it yet.

    • Darat532

      This thing should offer extreme graphics performance with the quad core processor. If you are just using it to surf the web, check emails and read books you don’t need a HP machine like this.

  • Chris G

    I’m in the market for the GNexus and the Transformer Prime.  Great.  More delays…

    I guess to get ICS right off would be good, as long as i have it before travel season kicks off I guess it is ok.

  • http://profiles.google.com/pcman1911 melvin young

    what i don’t understand is why tablets are getting the same software as phones. I thought that was the purpose of Honey Comb to distinguish themselves from smart phones. So  now the only difference in a phone and a tablet is going to be size of the display. Anyone remember that first Motorola Zoom commercial, when they they mocked the IPAD for being just a bigger phone. I just don’t get it

    • Anonymous

      Because ICS is built in such a way that the experience is different (whether on a phone or on a tablet). The commercial (if i remember right) stated that the iPad was just a scaled up version of the iPhone. In their case, the OS interface was nearly identical depending on the device.

      With ICS, that is not the case. Much in the way that the resources for an application differ depending on the type of device it is installed on.

      • John

        This.  ICS gives the same framework, but allows for differentiation between implementation of the OS and the apps on a phone vs tablet.

        Same OS, different look and functionality.  

    • Jason

      The whole purpose of ICS is to combing the 2 OS’s into one and it will be easier on devs to make apps for one OS instead of having to either pick one or the other or try and do both. This will be better.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I am on this tablet and this is a delay worth it to me as I would love to get this with ICS from the factory. I am pumped to get this tablet. 

  • Dominick DeVito

    Note to Motorola and HTC: this is what you should’ve done with the Razr and Rezound.

    • Anonymous

      OEM’s only had access to ICS very very recently. OEM’s make money selling the phones. Delays matter to them, to Google it does not.  

      • Dominick DeVito

        Not a big deal eh? When a product gets a shitty review because it doesn’t have the best OS available then yes it is a big deal. (see: Razr review)

        http://www.theverge.com/2011/11/7/2543626/motorola-droid-razr-review

        • Anonymous

          Please don’t post some crappy review by an Apple oriented site. It really hurts your non-argument. 

          It does NOT hurt Google’s bottom line. They do not make phones, it is not their core business. That’s not how they monetize Android. They are trying to get a piece of that, through buying Motorola, but delaying a phone doesn’t hurt them, it hurts the company making it who’s business revolves around a product line and launches. If they delay it, what’s the incentive for the next model….it’s a business. Google’s potential LTV of an Android user is the same whether it’s 2.3 or 4.0

          • Dominick DeVito

            Google must have cared, hence the article above. And yes, it hurts OEMs too because if the product sucks then they won’t sell any (like EVERY Android tablet as of right now), which is probably why Google’s stepping in to get involved.

            If Google didn’t care then they wouldn’t have stepped in. So your argument stands on no ground. No it doesn’t HURT their bottom line, but I’m fairly certain they want growth potential to show to their investors. If OEMs don’t sell tablets Google won’t make any more money on Android.

            GROWTH is a financial term the boys on Wall Street like to use for stock price, for those not familiar with money.

            And they bought Moto for their patents.

          • Dominick DeVito

            Of course the other side of this argument is that Google may just be simply “stepping in” to work with Asus on this tablet so it becomes the first ICS developer friendly tablet – the “Nexus of tablets” if you will…

          • Anonymous

            You’re argument makes zero sense and isn’t countering my point, in fact you just agreed but ok. Google only cares about the long term strategy of the platform. 

             Your original comment tried to blame HTC and Motorola for not delaying the Razr and Rezound for ICS, which quite frankly is moronic. They didn’t have access to it. The upcoming DROID 4 won’t launch with it either. It happens every go around. It has to be tested and developed before it can pushed out the door. Additionally, as I pointed out, OEM’s simply can’t afford to stop all their products in the pipeline because there’s suddenly a new version out. They SURVIVE on selling phones. Google can afford to delay a product they aren’t making for whatever reason they choose. OEMs cannot. They have their own GROWTH to show. Does HP and Dell suddenly stop selling PCs everytime a new version of Windows is released?? No. of course not. The average person doesn’t even know what version of Android they are running, nor do they care. The RAZR and REZOUND will sell nearly the same whether they launch with 2.3 or 4.0. The half of 1% that care so much around here are statistically insignificant.

            Why Google got involved here is still unknown. Maybe Honeycomb isn’t optimized for 4 cores the way ICS is. Maybe Google sees a Marketing advantage in having the first quad core tablet run the shiny new OS. You’re making your own terrible assumption Google got involved cause the tablet “sucked.” which is about as useless as screen door on an airplane.

            And no, buying Motorola was a lot about patents but also revenue from other aspects of the ecosystem. Future IMROI. You seem very short sighted. 

            Android is growing at triple digit % points for the last 2 years. You act like the next single product will impact something negatively. Couldn’t be further from the truth. Android is far bigger than you give credit for. There are far worse Android based phones out there that ‘suck’ with 2 year old hardware and 2.2 at launch that don’t get touched or bothered by Google in the least.

          • Dominick DeVito

            We’ll see how smart HTC and Motorola are for releasing devices with an old OS. Then a month from now when Rezound and Razr fans start posting nasty comments about how long they have to wait for the new OS.

            No, I never said the tablet sucked – I said tablet sales SUCK. No one is buying Android tablets.

          • Anonymous

            “”
            Then a month from now Rezound and Razr fans start posting nasty comments about how long they have to wait for the new OS.”””

            Yes…all 1% of them, while the rest carry on as normal. ha. Of which most of them will root and install CM9, if they don’t get the update by January.

            What’s your axe to grind?

          • Anonymous

            actually those who root and put cm9 on it are a much smaller percent than the ones who complain about lack of updates.

          • angermeans

            I think you are wrong. I work for Verizon and 99.9% of the people I talk to have no idea what version of Android their phones run. It is very rare if I talk to people that actually know. The Razr and Rezound (IMHO) will outsell the Gal Nexus 3-5 to 1. The people that follow blogs and have to be on the most up to date version of Android are you and I and the others on this site. It feels like to us that “we all” care, but like Zep said Android is much bigger than you (or even I) give it credit for. Why do you think Verizon is throwing Millions at marketing the Razr and we have hardly heard about the Nexus (from Verizon at least) It’s because all though we all know the Razr and Rezound really is not the smartest buy (what Android phone really is besides a Nexus device) most can care less and this is why so many OEM’s put skins on their devices. To us it seems stupid, but to them thats how they make money by differentiation.

          • Anonymous

            Thunderbolt owner right here and I will never buy another htc after the disaster that was the tb and how htc and verizon did nothing about it for months and even then the update they issued made the phone worse.

        • Dominick DeVito

          My point of posting it was the make everyone understand that shipping a device with an old OS (rather than “delaying” it and ship it with the new OS) will ALWAYS be something a reviewer knocks on the device for.

          This hurts OEMs.

          • Anonymous

            Your point is completely illogical and doesn’t hurt OEMs. The VAST majority do NOT care. You know where to get ICS? Where can we download it? Is there anything out there on the market today with it? No? Oh… As of 11/8/11, 2.3.5 is latest version of Android today (for phones). Period. (.6 .7 were only for Nexus S) What tomorrow brings, happens tomorrow. Clearly you don’t understand how a product lifecycle works.

          • angermeans

            I promise you one thing OEM’s are not hurting when selling a phone on Verizon especially one that carries the “Droid” moniker despite what version of software their recent phones run. If your logic was true every company would be bending over backwards to update their phones, but unfortunately we are lucky to see an update 6-8 months later. It is not their number one priority selling phones is and HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and (to a lesser extent) LG are not hurting despite almost every phone released in the past couple years has been launched with an outdated OS and this is why they spend so much time developing Sense, Touchwiz, and Blur. We are a minority believe me. The only place you will see outspoken people upset about a version of Android is on these tech blogs and we are a very small percentage. 

      • 1loudls

        you do know this is motorola we are talking about here right? the name Bionic ring a bell?

        the only thing motorola builds faster than phones is delays and disappointments.

  • Anonymous

    Google is getting more involved with everything. Even on the phone side too (you’ll see….) They are trying to reign in a lot of the mess. It’s about time.

    • Peter

      Please feel free to enlighten us on what you know, I hate waiting…

      • Anonymous

        Pick up a phone from a different OEM and go to the Status or battery information section of settings. Right now it takes a different route for each one. Things like that go away. Look for a more cohesive experience regardless of who’s logo is on the back. Will Motocast still be around on their phones? yes. How will this happen? Who knows, OEMs literally just got ICS, it’s being worked on and just entering planning now…but the strong armed intent is there from El Goog this time. We’ll see who wins.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t really see making the status or battery section the same on all carriers that big of a deal. Get rid of the skins and the fragmentation then you are talking. Otherwise it will still be the same with phones taking forever to get updated.

    • 2cents

      You make comments that are common sense but you put in such a tone that it seems you have some insider information. I don’t believe you know anything more than what you gather from other sites because you never release anything that is completely unknown.

      • Anonymous

        If you say so

        • Hamholla

          i love you and your mysterious ways zepfloyd. 

        • angermeans

          I for one appreciate all you have to say zep. I scan comments (have done it since first hearing about the next nexus device) until I find your blue/black avatar. Thanks!

    • Mctypething

      is Google mad bro?

      • Anonymous

        OEM’s aren’t Google’s bro anymore, bro. More like the adolescent child Google’s finally decided needs parenting. Hopefully it’s not too late.

        • Anonymous

          I agree with you 100%

    • bigrob60

      Same thing I’ve said for a long time.

  • Anonymous

    Give it now. Press Conf later and update at the end of it… Makes sense to me.

  • Anonymous

    Rather get it with ICS and have them make sure it is the absolute best product they can release. I’m tired of companies rushing to get devices out.

    • Dominick DeVito

      Absolutely agree. It’s nice to see an OEM with some brains

    • wiz

      what is the point of delaying the hardware if they continue working on ICS and update later? Everyone wins if the tablet is released now.

      • Jason

        They don’t want another xoom fiasco. It’s good google is working with them to make something work when it comes out. Updating to ICS before it’s launch will be worth the wait.

        • Oaihgasghasgh

          but wouldn’t there be more pressure to rush it out?  I’d rather it have working honeycomb now and then get ICS whenever the thing would be released with ICS anyway, or slightly later if it means it works perfectly.

        • Anonymous

          This is nothing like the Xoom, the Xoom had problems because it launched with a new OS full of bugs.  If the Transformer Prime launched now with HC there would be no problems.  Work all the bugs out of the ICS update later.

    • Anonymous

      It’s not going to matter one bit. No one outside of the blogs know what a transformer is or why it matters that it hsss 4 cores. It will sell just about as much as other android tablets nothing more nothing less. In the end the iPad will still have the most market share and I don’t see that changing any time soon. Not that I care, I’m still gonna get it.

      • Anonymous

        nobody will really know about the transformer until they see it in stores or until theres a commercial. and of course the ipad has a better market share now but thats now wait until next year your gonna see a big change in the tablet market

  • wiz

    Release the tablet now then push out the update in December. 

  • Mr ilheis

    Delay it and give me the new and improved OS.

  • J Dub

    I want it now. I have been waiting for this tablet for a while. They are really missing the holiday time frame with this.

  • Anonymous

    I’d rather get my Xoom with ICS

  • Knowbody

    easily slightly delayed. if it comes out with honeycomb then it will take forever to get ICS

    • Anonymous

      You obviously dont own a Transformer.  They push updates as fast as any company making electronic devices on the market today.

      • Knowbody

        but the point of the matter is i would rather have it come out a couple weeks later w/ ICS than have it with GB and waiting on ICS

        • Anonymous

          It wouldn’t release with GB, it would have Honeycomb if it was released before ICS is ready.

  • http://profiles.google.com/elliot.devries Elliot de Vries

    Later with ICS, no question.  That way there’s no wondering about when it’ll finally get the update.

  • Jacob W

    Probably safe to say that most readers of this blog would rather wait to get something that’s state-of-the-art.

  • Anonymous

    Still want. Hopefully they can launch by T-Day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Gulyas/709632554 Daniel Gulyas

    The correct answer is yes. I’d have the first quad core in either a earlier release Honeycomb state or a slightly later ICS release.

    Honestly, it doesn’t make much difference, but I’d love for this to end up being the tablet Google Experience device.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1639081047 Joseph DiPierno

    Still think it sound WAAAAY too much like the tv show currently airing.