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    Why was TF201 cut off at 4.1?

    Was there a valid reason? Stuff like that makes me think that my next tablet will be a Windows tablet.

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    Most tablet manufactures have limited support for older tablets. That's pretty much SOP any more. This is an issue not limited to ASUS.

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    I for one was happy with just 4.1.1 on my TF201, and when I moved to the TF700T I deliberately stopped updating at 4.1.1 too. I don't want the problems and features (multi-user on a _tablet_??) of 4.2 and later. If I ever want anything else I'll go for 3party firmware in any case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MASKOAA View Post
    Was there a valid reason? Stuff like that makes me think that my next tablet will be a Windows tablet.
    Because that is what happens with OEMs who supply Android tablets. As Leeshor says it is not limited to Asus. The only way you'll get free automatic updates to your tablet is to either buy an iPad or a Nexus device. If MS follow the same policy on their Windows powered devices as they do on PCs you certainly won't get free updates to their new versions of OSs. Service packs yes. Full updates no. Unless they've changed their policy & I missed it (not impossible).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MASKOAA View Post
    Was there a valid reason?
    "Valid" is fairly subjective, but my opinion is that they probably want to minimize the effort required to tailor each new release of Android to the older equipment so it costs them less, resulting in a larger profit margin. While each new version of Android has a lot in common with predecessors, there are differences and so each particular Android release must be tailored to the hardware platform. It's easier and cheaper to eliminate this tailoring for older hardware. Not only do they not have to invest effort to accommodate it (and the overhead that Configuration Management adds), the older hardware's capability may be less that needed to run the newer version with enough performance that the user experience will be pleasant. Moreover, there's no revenue from older hardware once it's no longer being sold. It's a cost sink to tailor newer Android versions to run on older hardware. I suspect that if they thought they could have gotten away with it, they wouldn't have updated any device past the point it was no longer being manufactured. In fact, that's pretty close to what happens, not only with ASUS, but other manufacturers as well.
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    If a company decides it's time to stop supporting an older device, that's a valid reason.

 

 

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