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Asus Transformer Pad TF300 becomes the second tablet to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Asus continues to be one the frontrunners in the Android update race, with owners of its Transformer Pad TF300 now able to get a taste of Jelly Bean on their tablet after the Taiwanese manufacturer rolled out version 4.1 of the Google OS for the mid-range hybrid device.

The update makes the TF300 just the second tablet on the commercial market to run Jelly Bean - the wildly popular Google Nexus 7 being the first.

(UPDATE: In the US, some Motorola Xoom owners also report that their device enjoys Android 4.1, though in the UK and Europe official OS upgrades for the Xoom are limited to Ice Cream Sandwich - thus far).

Where available, Asus' higher-end Transformer range devices, like the Prime TF201 and Infinity TF700, are still on Ice Cream Sandwich, though last Friday's upgrade availability hints that Android 4.1 could be expanding its reach across the Asus tablet range sooner rather than later.

Owners of the TF300 wanting to head to the sweet shop should find the process relatively straight forward: just go to your settings and you should be able to push the update through manually by switching to the new build number JR003C, with Jelly Bean arriving shortly thereafter.

The news first broke late-Friday in the US, so Stateside fandroids who own the TF300 were able to start satisfying their sweet tooth over the weekend. Though upgrade reports are still emerging, early comments seem to indicate that the OS changeover has gone smoothly for most, and resulted in improved performance on the device.

"Got the update a few hours ago. The system is fast, smooth and responsible. I'm please so far," wrote Dima Kopets from Florida on Product Reviews.

UK-based TF300 owners attempting the switch are encouraged to report back as to whether the upgrade is geographically consistent. The TF300 currently sells in Britain for £399.99 from mainstream retailers like PC World, though other Transformer tablets have yet to hit shelves in the Isles. The Infinity TF700, for instance, won't arrive until the end of the month.

Asus' partnership with Google – the two built the Nexus 7 slate together – appears to have put the Taiwanese firm on the front foot when it comes to pushing out the latest Android upgrades.

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