ASUS Transformer Prime Reportedly Delayed, Will Now Ship with Ice Cream Sandwich

ASUSTek, maker of the popular EEE Pad Transformer, has pushed back the ship date on their quad-core EEE Pad Transformer Prime into December. Originally slated to ship on November 9 with Honeycomb installed, ASUS made the decision to delay the Transformer Prime thanks in part to Google’s willingness to work with ASUS on completing a port of Ice Cream Sandwich to the device. This isn’t just goodwill on Google’s part, as ASUS is one of a number of corporations also looking hard at how to balance their time and products along with their Windows 8 product commitments.

From our source:

Since Google has cold-shouldered Taiwan-based PC brand vendors over the assistance of upgrading from Android 3.0 to 4.0, it has prompted these vendors to turn their focus from Android to Microsoft’s Windows 8, the sources noted.

Google has mainly kept its attention towards the big three handset and tablet makers of Motorola, HTC, and Samsung, but may be offering renewed interest towards its Taiwan affiliates in an effort to lower the per-license cost of competitor Microsoft’s tablet-friendly Windows 8 OS. It will be interesting over the next few weeks to see what other product releases may be pushed back so that they will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich rather than Honeycomb.

While delays are never fun to hear about, this one should benefit tose who preordered and other early adopters as they will not have to worry about any issues in migrating their devices from Android 3.0 to Android 4.0. As always, you can expect RootzWiki to be on top of the Transformer Prime release with an updated Wiki page and fresh discussions in the ASUS Tablet forums.

Did you pre-order an Asus Transformer Prime? Are you more excited now that it will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!]]>

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