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ASUS Transformer Receives Firmware Update 8.6.5.21, Not Ice Cream Sandwich

Still rocking your Asus Eee Pad Transformer?  Then go ahead and pull this latest update straight from Asus bringing you to the newest firmware available, build 8.6.5.21.  It might not be Ice Cream Sandwich, but at least you can rest assured knowing that Asus is continuing their work on this dual-core workhorse.  The update includes a few bug fixes and other minor tweaks to keep your Transformer working tip top. 

After the update, your Transformers specs should read out like this:

  • Android Version: 3.2.1
  • GPS Version: V5.5.8
  • WiFi Version: V5.2.65
  • Bluetooth Version: V6.24
  • Kernel Version: 2.6.36.3-00001-g9a21fc1android@Mercury #1
  • Build number: HTK75.US_epad-8.6.5.21-10221216

Cheers Chris!

  • Singerc

    with this version be able to be upgraded to the new ics . Bought off ebay used and has been working great just wondering how to upgrade

  • Jlshelby

    Since updating to 8.6.5.21 our two transformers lockup all the time after entering sleep mode.

  • Anonymous

    Yet another reason to love ASUS.  Timely updates even with the Prime recently released.

  • Ryan C

    Get on with the Asus Transformer Prime posts! :D

  • Raven

    Well, since there is not much real information here, here is what I have gathered from the forums:
    – Fixes the buffer overflow in ASUS backup that RazorClaw used to get root.
       (root before applying this update or you may be out of luck until another method is discovered)
    – Fixes some typing lag issues
    – Fixes HDMI output for some TVs
    – Improved stock browser page loading speed
    – Some have claimed improved sound output

    I am still sitting on 8.6.5.19 and debating on whether I want to root or not.  I would really like to be able to swap Titanium backups between my ASUS Transformer and my already rooted Acer Iconia to keep things in sync.  I also have a business need in that I use an app called SonicWall  NetExtender (which actually requires root) to get through our company’s firewall and bring up my work PC desktop on my Iconia.  I would much rather do this on my Transformer, but I also don’t want to interfere with getting ICS when it finally becomes available.  Many have said that there is no problem going from 8.6.5.19 to 8.6.5.21 if you use something like OTA RootKeeper, but I am worried about it interfering with the more major upgrade to ICS.  Does anyone have any real information on how merely having a rooted su binary out there could really affect the upgrade to ICS as long as you aren’t doing a bunch of major stuff like installing custom recoveries and freezing so called “bloatware”?

  • Weege

    So I updated and now my ASUS doesnt want to take a charge.. Ive turned it off, checked the cables, and nothing.. Anyone?

    • Mathew

      Try tightening the 2 plastic pieces that make up the adapter that plugs into the wall. Mine always comes loose and then it won’t charge!

  • Anonymous

    x61.ch/05e02f

  • Anonymous

    I thought this device was supposed to have stock ICS?

    • Steve Hawk

      No. The Transformer Prime was thought to launch with ICS, but is coming with HC instead. The original Transformer (the one referenced in this post) launched with HC, as it came out half a year ago. 

  • Anonymous

    my friend’s step-aunt makes $72/hr on the internet. She has been fired for 10 months but last month her pay was $8239 just working on the internet for a few hours. Go to this web site and read more…cli.gs/3i5o28b

    • Anonymous

      Gee, with such a legit looking link, why not? Must be something good right?  Just for those math maniacs out there, $8239 at $72/hr =  115 hours.

  • Adrien Hawthorne

    Just got my Transformer for Christmas. Loving it so far, but should I root it now? I mean I rooted my Thunderbolt within the first week, but is it really worth rooting the Transformer?

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t. I have not had an unrooted android phone yet but I didn’t see any reason to root my TF. The only app I could possibly see needing root was adremover and I just didn’t care.

  • Weege

    Just updated mine.. Thanks for the heads up.. 

  • Anonymous

    Naturally this broke root. Anyone know if the razorclaw one click method will still work? 

    Looking on XDA doesn’t seem like it will. Oh well, will have to do without for now. :(

    • MoreBeer

      Check out the forums on transformerforums.com … It sounds like razorclaw still works if you unroot beforehand and then re-root.

  • Anonymous

    No worries.  The Transformer will have ICS before the OX because its a developer device. Wait.. What?

  • Blood

    Still rocking it? What tablet is better than the transformer right now?

  • http://twitter.com/dewguzzler Jesse Perkins

    chris? i tweeted you twice about it over the weekend when it was actually live hohum nothing to see here

    • Chris

      I’m Chris, and I emailed him with a screen shot.  But I’m happy to give you the credit.  “Cheers Jesse!”

      • http://twitter.com/dewguzzler Jesse Perkins

        personally i dont really see much difference guess its mostly framework getting ready for ics maybe

        • Chris

          Same here.  No matter to me anyway, just ordered an Asus Prime yesterday and got an email today with tracking info that it had be shipped.  I’ll have it Thursday :-)

          • Guest

            where did you order it from?

          • Chris

            BestBuy.com

  • FortitudineVincimus

    oops.. wrong Transformer

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Wait what????

    Some of these numbers are all lower than what I already have and I loaded the update that was ready when the tablet was first turned on.

    My GPS says 5.8.12
    My BT says 7.26

  • Chris

    Have y’all heard any rumors on when the Xoom will get Ice Cream Sandwich?

    • Anonymous

      Judging by history….. about 2 months after the Transformer. How’s that SD card support. :/ j/k lol

  • Anonymous

    Still rocking it?  I just got my wife a new one the other day.  Who has the money to piss away on new tablets/phones as often as you guys seem to think we do?

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      Most of my disposable income (not much, as I’m a student :D) goes on either accessories for my existing devices or new devices (or preowned, but new to me). Sometimes I sell my existing devices as well :P

    • Anonymous

      I have the transformer and love it. I do not to shell out $200+ more for “the latest and greatest” for what I do and use it for the dual core of the transformer works fine.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UN7HZFEPEJZ6W4UPNSTGPFLP6A Katherine

      @readers:disqusmy roomate’s mother-in-law makes $79 every hour on the computer. She has been unemployed for 7 months but last month her income was $8926 just working on the computer for a few hours.Read about it and Follow the instructions at Online Income Solution and set up your Own account… More 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JDZ5NTVI52AAOOFVUDYXVWUXVQ Alvin

       my buddy’s step-sister makes $85 every hour on the internet. last month her pay was $7783 just working on the internet for a few hours.Follow the instructions at Online Income Solution and set up your account… http://gd.is/ryhL

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    Preparing for ICS?

    • Anonymous

      Didn’t Asus say by end of the year for it? That could be the case.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing