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March 4, 2013

ASUS Transformer Pad Tablet First to Get Android 4.2

Firmware updates are commonplace on the mobile technology market, even more so than on the PC industry, one might say.

Even so, however, the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system is still rare.

While some Google Nexus devices have it, most tablets and smartphones still use Android 4.1 or an OS version older than Jell Bean, usually Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

ASUS now has the honor of being the purveyor of the first non-Nexus device with Android 4.2.

The Transformer Pad TF300 tablet should be receiving the update to 4.2.2 any minute now, in the United States anyway.

This is in line with ASUS' habit to update its devices as soon as possible.

For those that need a refresher course, Transformer Pad TF300 has an NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC, 16 GB storage, a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 LED IPS display (10 finger multi-touch, 350 nits brightness), an 8 MP autofocus camera, 1 GB RAM and various ports, sensors and interfaces (HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, g-sensor, light sensor, etc.).

Everything runs on the energy from a battery with a 10-hour charge, 15 hours when the mobile keyboard dock is connected.

ASUS Pad Infinity, MeMO Pad Smart, and MeMO Pad will only get Jelly Bean 4.2 in the second quarter of the year.