Transformer 2 On Way, Android Ice Cream Sandwich End of Year

The Android faithful might be interested in this little piece of news from Asustek’s CEO Jerry Shen, as The boss of Asus has stated that reports of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer successor, the Transformer 2 being delayed are false and the next generation Android tablet is still on schedule.

According to an article over on Slash Gear by way of DigiTimes, not only did Shen allay fears that the Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2 would be delayed, the CEO also says that Android 4.0, or otherwise known as Android Ice Cream Sandwich will arrive by the end of the year.

It has previously been rumoured that the Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2 would be released this month, however that was just unconfirmed rumour, while specifications for the Android slate are sketchy but it is rumoured the slate will pack the new Kal-El quadcore processor, again unconfirmed, but Shen says the T2 will have a price point of $499 US.

As for Android Ice Cream Sandwich, we recently ran a poll on Phones Review asking our readership which operating system they wanted the most, ICS or iOS 5, and the results proved to be overwhelmingly Ice Cream Sandwich at on last checking, 323 votes for ICS and 126 votes for iOS.

Whether we have more Android readers than iOS readers it is unclear, but unless the iOS faithful didn’t feel like voting it looks like ICS is the runaway winner.

Back to the Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2, according to the guys, the new Android slate will no doubt have some clever “detachable keyboard section” just like the original slate that became rapidly very popular with in the tablet space, and the popularity of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer caught the company by surprise.

As for Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Shen apparently pointed out that Android 4.0 should be able to satisfy the market’s demand and help Android tablets to compete against the Apple iPad.

Will the Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2 be as big a success as the original is hard to say at this point, until we know more about the device, and of course once we hear more we will pass any details along.

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