Transformer Prime tablet launch delayed for Ice Cream Sandwich

The next Transformer tablet to come out of the Asus camp is the Asus Transformer Prime, a slate that was supposed to come out to play sporting Android 3.2 Honeycomb, however there have been some rumours that the Asus Transformer Prime just might come out with Android Ice Cream Sandwich aboard.

According to an article over on Phone Arena by way of DigiTimes, unnamed sources from the upstream supply chain are claiming Asus has postponed the launch of the quad core Tegra 3 slate so the device can launch carrying Android 4.0.

The Asus Transformer Prime was apparently scheduled for release on the 9th of this month, however apparently the word is Google has agreed to assist Asus to bring Android Ice Cream Sandwich to the tablet and the new release date for the device has been scheduled for early in December.

The unnamed sources also say, “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 also say that as Google is now working with vendors “the action may help Google to defend from the assault of Microsoft, while forcing Microsoft to lower its Windows 8 licensing fee.”

Of course as this all comes from “unnamed sources” one has to treat all this as rumour as nothing has been confirmed by Google or Asus at this time, however as the original date for the launch of the Asus Transformer Prime was the 9th, we should know one way or the other tomorrow.

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