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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.

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.

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