The Asus PadFone 2 is now receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update which should bring several new features and improvements to the phone-tablet combo. The PadFone 2 last received an update in December 2012, when it received Android 4.1 Jelly Bean after being released with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Its not everyday we come across a device which jumps all the way to Android 4.4 from Android 4.1, but its good to see that Asus still cares about the PadFone 2.
Anyone who is planning to update their device should note that you will have to backup your user data using the ASUS PC Tool. This tool will also have to be used to install the update as it wont be pushed OTA (over-the-air). Installing the update will reset your device like it came fresh off the factory. Once you have backed and download the upgrade guide from the Asus website, for instructions to install the 950MB update.
You will have to make sure you download the correct firmware for your locale, so check your build number on your device before downloading the update. To check which build you need, go to Settings > About PadFone > Build number, and look at the XX_PadFone-11.X.X.X line. It should tell you which version to download and install.
The firmware is available for the Japan, Russia, Taiwan, China, Singapore (StarHub), and the worldwide edition of the PadFone 2. So for example if you have the Japan version
- You should be able to see the build number JP_PadFone-11.X.X.X, where “JP” referred to the Japan SKU model.
- Then download PadFone Firmware: V18.104.22.168 Only for JP SKU and Update version of SOP.
Asus has not released a changelog for this update, but we reckon you should get a huge list of features based on the size of this release. If you do own a PadFone 2, we would love to hear of any new features you discover.
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