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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime To Arrive In December?

Asus will apparently push the launch of the Eee Pad Transformer Prime back till early December according to a report that emerged in Taiwan courtesy of Monica Chen and Joseph Tsai from Digitimes (opens in new tab).

The company was supposed to launch the tablet on the 9th of November (tomorrow) with Android 3.2 Honeycomb but it looks as if the roll out will be postponed in order to allow Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) to be installed on the devices.

According to the writers, Google has agreed to provide assistance to Asus to help run the machine natively with Ice Cream Sandwich, a move that could reverse the trend that saw some vendors move their focus away from Android to Microsoft Windows 8.

An ARM version of the OS will be released next year, which might explain why tablet vendors might be more enthusiastic about this version than an Intel-based one. Digitimes' source claims that this could force Microsoft to lower its Windows 8 OEM licensing fee instead.

It's worth noting that Google's Eric Schmidt is currently touring South East Asia, a move seen as indicative of the desire by Google to make sure that it has the support from the main ODMs on the market in what will be the most important OS battle of the decade in 2012.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.