Features - Part 2: Operating System
First Android 4.0 Tablet in the Mass Market
When Google first released the source code for Android 4.0, we thought ASUS would be the first tablet to sport the new OS in a tablet form factor. Little did we know that a Chinese manufacturer managed to sneak past ASUS in coming up with the world's first Android 4.0 tablet. Despite that, it is comforting to know that the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime can easily blow this tablet out of the water with its hardware prowess.
Meanwhile, ASUS can safely claim another title for bringing the first Android 4.0 tablet to the mass market. Although the review unit featured in this article runs on Android Honeycomb 3.2, ASUS Singapore confirmed that the Eee Pad Transformer Prime will run on Android 4.0 out of the box when it is available in early January 2012. If you want to see Android 4.0 in action on the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, you can watch a video released by NVIDIA showcasing an early build of Android 4.0 on the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer here.
Although the Eee Pad Transformer Prime runs on Android 3.2, ASUS did made some changes to the user interface to pump up its usability. Among the few changes we saw on the tablet are: