Asus Outs Honeycomb Source Code For Eee Pad Transformer

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Asus has quietly released the source code of Android Honeycomb which powers its Eee Pad Transformer device, otherwise known as the TF101.

The file, which comes in at nearly 98MB and is labelled version V8.2.2.6, can be downloaded directly or, still better, as a torrent. Click on the download tab then select Android in the operating system drop down menu.

Google released the software development kit (SDK) on the 22nd of February but has since withheld the release of the source code.

The Asus EEE Pad transformer has already gone on sale in the UK for as little as £361 from Comet and we had a brief encounter with it at the beginning of March at CeBIT in Germany.

The tablet comes with a 10-inch IPS touchscreen display with a one-megapixel resolution, an Nvidia Tegra 2 system on chip clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, HDMI, USB, Wi-Fi and runs on Android Honeycomb.

What sets it apart from the competition is the fact that you can add a docking station on the cheap (£50) which not only converts it into a fully fledged laptop but also adds in two USB ports and an additional battery that almost doubles the battery life of the device.

The tablet is one of the most capable rivals to the iPad 2 whose cheapest model costs £399. Current stock issues may encourage some potential iPad 2 buyers to look elsewhere.