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I’m glad to see ASUS taking good care of its flagship tablet, EEE Pad Transformer Prime, the quad core Tegra 3 Android slate. As it turns out, the company is about to release the 18.104.22.168 software update which will bring some ‘awesome’ features to the already top Android tablet.
While few details were actually given by ASUS initially it seems the local Italian subsidiary was pretty keen on sharing the details with its Facebook fans. So, what we know about the new software update is that it will unify the general tablet firmware and the one for the rear facing 8 megapixel camera, so no more separate updates from now on.
Second, ASUS will offer an USB to Ethernet dongle (optional, of course). I don’t know about you, but I can’t call this feature ‘awesome’. I haven’t used an Ethernet cable since 2008-2009, so I don’t see the point of using it in 2012. Anyway, moving on: the Android Market was renamed to Play Store and includes Play Books, Music and Movies; ASUS Vibe software was updated to version 2.0 and there’s support for controlling notifications and unread mail directly from the lock screen, bypassing the homescreen. Face Unlock will be supported too.
One other important change is that you can rotate videos displayed via HDMI and have the option to scale them to fit the screen or display them in the original aspect (with black bars on the sides). There are also other small optimizations and bugfixes for wireless networks, together with Ad-hoc WiFi networks support. It looks like the original TF101 Transformer Pad will receive a significant update soon, but no timeframe was communicated by Asus.