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Official ASUS Thread - ICS Update on TF101 (20-Mar-2012)

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By Gary Key, Member on 20th March 2012, 11:01 PM
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17th April 2012, 03:20 PM |#371  
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Just seeing all of these random "should I update to ICS" posts from new TF owners got me thinking...

Am I the only one wondering why Asus is still pushing this update to devices? It seems to me with issues as severe as some people are experiencing, that this is the sort of update that needs to be pulled while the problems are ironed out, since users can't refuse the update forever. Even Google chose to pull back the 4.0.4 OTA for the GSM Galaxy Nexus while they investigate issues with the radio (but the images are still available for download and manual flashing if people want them).

If a fix is not coming in the very, very near future, I personally think Asus should pull the ICS OTA for the TF101 until they've fixed it. I think this in part because it might create a really awful first-time user experience with the device, especially if it receives the OTA shortly after the new user turns it on. This is just my opinion, though -- maybe others disagree. If I were a new TF101 owner, I would be wanting to wait on the 4.0 update after reading all of this stuff, that's for sure!

I really hope we see Gary update his post soon ...
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17th April 2012, 05:24 PM |#372  
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I read a post over on transformerforums that claims that Asus' phone support is still telling people to "do a factory reset" so it seems they aren't planning on pulling or forestalling the ICS upgrade anytime soon. "Factory reset" hasn't done squat for my device, and I'm not going to keep doing it like some hoping it will magically make it improve. My mother's device WAS fresh from the factory and ICS made it every bit as unstable as mine. I wouldn't have upgraded hers but Asus gave me absolutely no choice.
17th April 2012, 06:23 PM |#373  
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Thanks for the comments. I decided to stay with 3.2.1 for a while. But this update firmware notification is keep nagging me. Sooner or later I will allow it by accident. Is there a way to turn it off?
17th April 2012, 06:28 PM |#374  
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Thanks for the comments. I decided to stay with 3.2.1 for a while. But this update firmware notification is keep nagging me. Sooner or later I will allow it by accident. Is there a way to turn it off?

Are you rooted? If not rooted, I don't believe there is any way to stop it other than just to keep ignoring it...

This is one area where I had hoped Android to be better - not forcing me upgrade something!!! That's so Apple-like!

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17th April 2012, 06:36 PM |#375  
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Am I the only one wondering why Asus is still pushing this update to devices?

Incompetence or plain negligence - whatever it is, they're treading on a slippery road wrt liability if they don't pull the update even though they know that it's defective.

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I really hope we see Gary update his post soon ...

It's been two weeks since Gary posted an update and many, many more since Asus pushed the supposedly fixed build of ICS.

This is really aggravating.
17th April 2012, 07:46 PM |#376  
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You know, I have to agree with the above poster. At the very least, leave the ICS update there for those that don't need stability (or didn't have the problem), and let let other users downgrade to Honeycomb in order to obtain stability.

It's as simple as that - problem solved. Instead, we go for weeks at a time with no news whatoever.... It's getting old, real fast....

I wonder if the new Transformer Pad 300 had these issue with ICS??
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17th April 2012, 09:37 PM |#377  
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At the very least, leave the ICS update there for those that don't need stability (or didn't have the problem), and let let other users downgrade to Honeycomb in order to obtain stability.

This is exactly what I think they ought to do. A stable downgrade path would be nice for sure, but its definitely not something I'd be holding my breath for (I would think any downgrade path would require a factory reset -- something users would definitely need to be warned about). My TF101 is OK enough to use for now as long as I'm relatively patient when it acts up, but of course, my patience is directly dependent on how long I have to deal with the issues. The longer this goes on (we're nearing a month, aren't we -- since the first ICS update?), the less patience I have, and the more likely I am to move away from Asus tablets in the future.

Come on Asus... some (any) news would be nice, folks!
17th April 2012, 11:29 PM |#378  
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We're nearing a month since Asus admitted it couldn't even find the problem without third party help, let alone fix it.

We're approaching 8 WEEKS since ICS shipped for the TF101 and made our tablets hopelessly unstable, and and it's been five weeks today since Asus shipped the only patch they've yet offered for ICS.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1041502

(And given that Asus initially told us ICS would ship before the end of 2011, it's looking unlikely that we'll have a stable ICS build within four months of when we originally expected to have one.)

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Incompetence or plain negligence - whatever it is, they're treading on a slippery road wrt liability if they don't pull the update even though they know that it's defective.

It's been two weeks since Gary posted an update and many, many more since Asus pushed the supposedly fixed build of ICS.

This is really aggravating.

Aggravating yes, but April 9th was a week ago, not 2 weeks ago.
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Aggravating yes, but April 9th was a week ago, not 2 weeks ago.

My bad, I was so angry that I skipped over most of the date and interpreted the first field as a day number (we use dd/mm/yyyy)
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18th April 2012, 05:47 AM |#381  
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Nearly 8 weeks since ICS first dropped, yes. 4 weeks since Asus actually acknowledged the problem and started this thread. I'm almost shocked to hear myself say this, but it doesn't feel like its been that long, while obviously for some of you, it probably feels even longer!

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We're approaching 8 WEEKS since ICS shipped for the TF101 and made our tablets hopelessly unstable, and and it's been five weeks today since Asus shipped the only patch they've yet offered for ICS.

Considering that I still use my TF101 daily, I would not label that as "hopelessly unstable". Unstable? Yeah, I'd call it that, but certainly not "hopeless". I have previously posted that I've gotten a whole week of total stability out of my TF101, so that's definitely not hopelessly unstable, at least not in my book. Should I always get that much stability? Yeah... and more. I think I almost never had to reboot under 3.2.1 -- it was that solid. I haven't had a reboot and hang for nearly two weeks now, and save about 3 or 4 SODs and a few apps misbehaving, I've been quite lucky as of late. What's bugging me most are the video issues -- the screen flicker & generally poor performance in stuff that runs butter smooth on my Galaxy Nexus.

My brother tells me that he's gotten news that Acer intends to release ICS for the A500 and A100 on April 27 (he owns an A500). If they get a stable ICS build before we get our issues at least semi-fixed on the TF101, I think I'll be abandoning Asus as my tablet maker of choice, keyboard dock or not. My tablet is certainly useable, but it sure worked a lot better with 3.2.1.

I still think Asus needs to pull the current ICS OTA builds until they have addressed the issues being discussed here, but leave the images up for manual download. If I want to be a beta tester, I'd volunteer -- I don't particularly appreciate being forced into it just by owning a device.

Now, come on Asus, tell us something or push out a fix. March 20 through April 17 and the only thing we've been told is that they're working on it (and to think, how many people I recommended the TF101 to, man I'm glad they didn't all buy it! I'd feel a bit awful right about now ...)

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