ASUS Eee Pad Family Slated for Ice Cream Sandwich Update
ASUS has just confirmed that it will be pushing the Android Ice Cream Sandwich update to its ASUS Eee Pad family. This includes the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer with its unique keyboard dock (which also doubles up as a secondary battery) and the ASUS Eee Pad Slider with a slide-out keyboard underneath its 10.1-inch display.
Android 4.0, otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich under its dessert naming convention, is the bridge to reconcile the differences between Android's current tablet-centric Honeycomb and the Gingerbread variant seen on Android smartphones in 2011. During the earlier joint press conference by Samsung and Google, the first Ice Cream Sandwich device, dubbed as Samsung Galaxy Nexus, was revealed.
ASUS also has a few more Ice Cream Sandwich devices lined up in the months to come. At the AsiaD conference, ASUS CEO Jonney Shih also unveiled the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, which sees Google's Ice Cream Sandwich powered by NVIDIA's new quad-core processors, codenamed Kal-El.
ASUS did not give a specific date for the Ice Cream Sandwich update on its existing portfolio. Nonetheless, with its smartphone/tablet hybird, the ASUS Padfone, expected sometime in Q1 2012, we won't rule out the possibility of the update being pushed out during the same period.