Asus have a lot of influence in the Android world, but unlike the majority of their mobile manufacturing rivals, not in the smartphone market. The company have taken it upon themselves to be the most notable Android tablet manufacturers around, using the knowledge derived from their netbook and notebook products to create their now highly successful tablet line, the original members of which are set to pick up the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 and the Asus Eee Pad Slider SL101, share similarly capable hardware. The oldest Android tablets in the Asus product family, both devices launched running Android 3.2 Honeycomb, the first dedicated tablet OS from Google. What’s more they both share the same 10.1-inch WXGA (1280×800) LED display, the same 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, the same 1.2 and 5-megapixel front and back cameras respective and are available in 16 and 32GB storage options.
Initially Asus Netherlands were too quick on the mark, denying any prospect of the latest version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean making its way to either tablet, both of which as of this year, currently run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s Asus Germany who are now stating otherwise however, as a comment made on the company’s local Facebook page, which was spotted by the team at PocketDroid, claims that there was never any comment made by Asus to refute claims of JB making it to the TF101 and SL101.
The true intent of the post may have been lost in translation, but in ‘Google English’ the post reads as such, “We need to deny this is clear. Colleagues from the Netherlands have made no statement about TF101/SL101, but merely confirmed that a Jelly Bean TF201/TF300/TF700 update be received. The converse, in that is not a TF101/SL101 JB update received are false and pure speculation. According to current knowledge, even users of older TF101/SL101 to benefit from a Android 4.1 update to come.”
We also spoke directly to Asus who refused to comment directly on talk of Jelly Bean for either device, but directed us to their track record with support for other products, which on the whole has been solid. If this is a hint, we’re taking it in the positive, that Jelly Bean will make it to both of the company’s original Android tabs, when exactly is another question altogether.