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Asus Makes the Transformer Pad TF300 the First Non-Nexus to Receive Android 4.2 Update

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This evening, Asus announced that the Transformer Pad (TF300) will be the first non-Nexus device to officially receive the update to Android 4.2. The update starts rolling out today via over-the-air update in the U.S. and will be available in other regions later this month.

Other than all of the standard Android 4.2 features that are included like multi-user support, a new keyboard, and DayDream, the new firmware will also provide updates to Asus’ App Locker, Virtual Keyboard, Lock Screen and Setup Wizard applications.

The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity, ASUS MeMO Pad Smart 10”, and ASUS MeMO Pad will receive Android 4.2 in Q2.

  • Damien D’Amore

    still dont see the update . is it rolling out by state or something. still on 4.1.1 even when doign manual check from settings.

  • master94

    I love Asus, they rarely abandon hardware. Thanks for the update. Loving it

  • Just updated mine. Looks like 4.2.1. Not 4.2.2 thus no photosphere etc. that some say were missing.

  • robertlwalters

    This soft bricked my device. Stuck at ASUS logo. Was stock with root.

  • Wonder why it doesnt have the photosphere

  • James Hill

    So if your device is unlocked then you can’t download this right?

    • Asus typically releases these downloads on their site for unlocked bootloader people like us but currently the dropdown for OS selection is busted so I can’t get to it. I was hoping someone on here would have a direct link.

  • Ibrick

    and…. Prime owners get screwed again..

  • Geoff Atteberry

    I wish they had included Photosphere, but the new camera software is a huge improvement. Finally, no shutter lag!

  • Morlok8k

    I saw this post
    did an update check on my tf300t
    “system up to date”
    check website
    no new update listed!

    then suddenly my transformer beeped and said it had an update!

  • Has anyone been able to access photosphere? I’ve looked for it but haven’t found it. I don’t think it was included in this update.

    • Nick

      I haven’t found it either. Pretty sure it is not there. Hopefully an update will come with it soon.

  • MichaelFranz

    Updated my GF’s overnight. Was running pretty good from what i can tell. I like the font redesign and the lockscreen widgets. I’ll play with it more tonight

    • New_Guy

      Which one?…

      • MichaelFranz

        Tf300, sorry not an infinity, shes not that lucky considering i bought it lol

        • kstrickland05

          I’m thinking he meant which one are you going to play with more tonight, the Asus or your girlfriend. At least that’s how I understood it.. 🙂

          • New_Guy

            Indeed, but I was just going to let it ride =D…

          • MichaelFranz

            Hey now….lol

            it was monday and the brain wasnt turning all the way…

          • New_Guy

            haha! S’all good. Just glad the joke wasn’t lost 🙂

          • MichaelFranz

            no only my mind at the time lol

  • very nice. while i was underwhelmed by the performance of the device, i really like that Asus is keeping with the quick updates. it was a great device, but the slow I/O of the device really killed the overall experience. wish i could have lived with it, but i couldn’t. traded it for a Nexus 7 and have been a happy camper ever since.

    • So far, this update seems to finally fix the performance issues. I was also underwhelmed for quite a while.

      • OreoMan


  • So the Asus 301 will get 4.2 before the Verizon Galaxy Nexus will officially get 4.2? Awesome job Verizon.

    • New_Guy

      TF300, but yes, in fact, it did. It is a wifi unit with the same innards as the Nexus 7, to be fair, but yes.

  • epps720

    Don’t understand why the TF300 is always the first to get updated. Being that the Infinity is their top of the line product, shouldn’t they be pushing out this one first?

    Yes…I am a jealous owner of the Transformer Infinity.

    • Jack Holt

      Test it out with the masses on a budget device before bringing it to the top end device. While Asus is great with the updates, speaking from the TF101 experience, sometimes they come with bugs of their own. :-

      • New_Guy

        There are actually a couple of strange things I’ve noticed about the update. but, everything 4.2.1 adds far outweighs the minor hiccups.

    • New_Guy

      It’s because the innards are the same as the Nexus 7. They’re virrually the same device just larger screen and HDMI out on the TF300. It will always get updates faster than the other Transformer devices that are currently in the market. It’s actually one of the main reasons I have one and recommend it to others.

  • droidify

    Hopefully the prime is coming soon. It could use some new life.

  • gothickah0

    guys, if you are so eager to have those update just buy the nexus device

    • epps720

      Who wouldn’t be eager to get an update, regardless what device you have?! My Verizon Galaxy Nexus hasn’t received an update in like 20 years.

      Besides I bought my Infinity before the N10 was even announced (no interest in the N7) so me going out and dropping several hundred isn’t going to happen. Besides the fact I love the integration of the keyboard and battery life it provides.

      • Jack Holt

        Haha 20 years… Ain’t that the truth.

    • nobody72

      If google would learn to include sd slots in their devices they might be worth considering.

  • Futbolrunner

    I would love to get an ASUS Infinity tablet but its already dated. Hopefully, they push another Transformer out by summer.

  • New_Guy

    Just downloaded it. Loving the it. Lockscreen widgets are amazing. Widgets don’t reload everytime I rotate the device. Asus also goes as far as to give you the option to use the Asus launcher or the new Nexus 7 style launcher with the softkeys in the middle. Using the new way right now and I rather like this setup over the Asus’. Reall ynice they give us the option.

    I wish we could get an Asus phone here in the states. These guys are amazing.

    • I still like the old launcher better (only because of the bottom left hand controls), but, this was definitely a huge improvement.

      • New_Guy

        Edit: After using the new launcher for a day, I have switched back to the old one.Got tired of trying to find the softkeys without looking and realized that the new launcher has 2 nav bars on the bottom and the top. Wanted my real-estate back…

  • Soooo when is Ubuntu coming to other devices again?

  • Justin Winker

    Coulda sworn this wasn’t the first to get 4.2… There was a chinese device that got 4.2 a while back, though I’m not sure what it was.

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      Yep, ZTE N880E was the first to receive 4.2, though not sure if it actually received it or if ZTE just said it would. That phone was also one of the first to run 4.1.