Asus releases bootloader unlock tool for first generation Padfone
The community is asking for a tool to enable them to unlock the bootloader of their first generation Padfone for a long time.
About three days ago we put up a poll with the question: "Should Asus release a tool to unlock the bootloader of the first generation Padfone?", even before reaching a small 100 votes, Asus released the long awaited unlock tool.
This tool allows users to unlock their Padfone to be able to install unsigned packages on their device like custom recoveries, custom ROMs etc.Please be carefull with the usage of this tool! It will void the warranty on your device.more...
Developers for the Asus Padfone 2 start to rise
A big part of the Padfone community would love to see third party developers working on their device. For Padfone 2 owners, this dream is finally getting real.
In our special section (Padfone (2) Development
) on the Padfone Club forums several users started to post Recoveries, ROMs, mods, themes and scripts for the Asus Padfone 2.
Team Win Recovery Project started the fire with their Touch recovery
User dangeroustry registered an account on the forums to share his ClockWorkMod (CWM)
User ethanyfng showed off a circular battery mod
, which changes the battery icon in the status bar. A second battery mod
was brought to us by huzz107. But we're probably hearing more from this user, because he also released a mod
which changes the icons in your settings menu.
But probably the biggest achievements were brought by Lidenburg, he created a custom ROM
based on firmware version 10.4.12.24 (WW SKU
), the ROM is Rooted, deodexed, zipaligned and partially debloated.
Lidenburg did also create an easy to use script which makes it possible to root your Padfone 2, flash a custom recovery, flash a battery mod etc. This script can be found here
Keep following these users in our development section on our forums. Show them your appriciation, simply clicking on their thanks button or giving them some feedback would be greatly appriciated by the developers.
Hot Pink Padfone Infinity + Prices
Back in MWC, the Padfone Infinity announcement by ASUS impressed the intuitive community with its high specs such as Snapdragon S4 600 processors and 13MP camera at 8fps. We already know that the phone will be available in 3 colors.Today, pictures of both the phone and station
in hot pink emerged in Asus Taiwan's announcement together with prices. We will be expecting gold on top of the already announced silver color but for Taiwan, it is only available in pink and silver at the moment. We have not seen any official pictures of the gold version. Nevertheless, this would be a great news for the pink lovers especially girls.
In Taiwan, the 32GB Padfone + Station Infinity will be sold at NTD27990. At NTD2000 more, the 64GB is up for grabs. Like its predecessors, the set is available with contract subsidised price starting from NTD6990. All prices comes with 50GB Asus Webstorage.
Would you buy a pink Padfone? Shoutout your views below!
Padfone 2 officially confirmed to be released in The Benelux
A couple of weeks ago we asked a well known and trusted Dutch store when they expected to sell the Padfone 2. The store told us that they expected to sell this device starting from March 28.
But today we got word from Asus Benelux that the Asus Padfone 2 will be released in the middle of April.
The device will be sold in The Netherlands at Coolblue, Media Markt and Saturn. In Belgium it will be available at Vanden Borre.
Jelly Bean for global first generation Padfones rolling out tomorrow
The first Jelly Bean update for the first generation Padfone was released about 1.5 months ago on February 1st
. However, this update was only available for Padfones bought in or via Taiwan (CHT SKU
), but Asus promised a quick follow up release
of the world wide version of this firmware update. Almost immediately after the release of the first Jelly Bean update, bug reports started pouring in on our forums, so Asus decided to pull back the firmware update, and postpone the world wide release of it.About a week ago
, Asus released a new version of the Android 4.1.1 update, which seems to be more stable than the previous version.
Untill today there was no word of a world wide release of this firmware upgrade, but today Asus Germany announced that the update to Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) will be rolling out for the first generation Padfones with the WW SKU
Asus Germany wrote ...
Great news for all owners of the first PadFone. The update to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean will be available tomorrow via FOTA and also via download from website! Happy updating!
ASUS Padfone 2 now available on Carphone Warehouse UK
ASUS Padfone 2 is finally touching down in the UK as announced during the Padfone Infinity launch in Barcelona. Carphone Warehouse is now offering the Padfone + Padfone Station
only on Vodafone starting at £33 per month with 600 minutes, unlimited text and 500mb mobile data (24 months). At £4 more, Vodafone is offering unlimited minutes and text as well as 2GB mobile data. Although Padfone infinity is on its way to the market now, Padfone 2 for £33 is still an appealing price tag considering the Padfone 2 specifications. At the moment, only black colour option is offered.
Considering the first generation of Padfone never quite make it to the UK shores, we at Padfone Club are pleased to hear that Padfone 2 has finally arrived here. We look forward for more vendors like Amazon UK, Phones4U and Telco companies to implement this niche yet amazing concept into the UK. Kudos to Carphone Warehouse for pioneering the big step!
Had any hands-on in any of the Carphone Warehouse nationwide? Shout out in the comments and tell us what you think!
Carphone Warehouse Bristol Store confirmed that there is only 14 sets up for grabs in the CW main warehouse throughout UK. Hence, again, this will not be an impressive launch of Padfone 2 in the UK, albeit a better one than the original Padfone
Source: Carphone Warehouse
Update: Re-release of Jelly Bean update for first generation Padfone
Asus rolled out the first Jelly Bean update for the first generation Padfone on february 1st
for Taiwanese (CHT SKU
) Padfone owners. They also promised that other regions would follow soon.
However, the update to Android 4.1 came with a lot of issues for several users, so Asus decided to pull back the update from their website ant OTA
Today, Asus Taiwan announced a new release of Android 4.1 for the first generation Padfone, once again, only for Taiwan (CHT SKU
). There is no exact date for this re-release, and it's also not known when other regions will follow, so stay tuned.
A copy of the original upgrade package
for the pulled back Jelly Bean firmware update is still available on this page
All Padfones with the CHT SKU
have received the second Jelly Bean update today. A changelog is not available. But admin ctys2ard reported the following changes that he found so far.
1. Extra NFC
2. Mount micro-SD card notifications can no longer be removed on notification bar
3. Mouse cursor is larger now
Further, this update should fix several stability issues. But we already have reports of a crashing Asus quick setting
menu.Please use the new forum topic to discuss this update...
Read the full article for the official changelog.more...
Asus announces Padfone Infinity at MWC 2013
Global Jelly Bean update for Padfone postponed due to issues
Last Friday the new Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.1) update for the first generation CHT ( SKU
) Padfone rolled out. But according to our forums it brings a lot of issues to the device. Most of these issues can be solved by simply factory resetting the device.
According to Asus Italy, the update will not roll out for other regions today due to these issues, but should still make it by the end of Q1.
Asus Italy wrote ...
Unfortunately we have to inform you that the verification phase that precedes the distribution via FOTA have a problem with the firmware "JellyBean" for the Padfone, which forced us to withdraw the update and carry out a review before the final release. This will slide the date of actual availability. So the update will not be distributed by February 6 (as originally planned), but later, on a date yet to be confirmed, but no later than the first quarter of this year. We know that the news will displease those who already thought they could test the new firmware from here in a couple of days, and we apologize for the unexpected. Our priority is to provide the best user experience and this decision was not taken lightly. We strive to minimize the delay and release the firmware update for owners of Padfone in the shortest time possible. Thank you all for your patience and confidence.
Asus also pulled back the full upgrade package from their official website.
Jelly Bean rolling out NOW for first generation CHT Padfones
We've been talking and updating our news page this entire day with news from Asus Finland, who reported that the Jelly Bean update will roll out for all regions by the end of Q1. A couple of hours later we got word from Asus Italy that the Jelly Bean update will roll out on February 6.
But owners of a Taiwanese (CHT SKU
) Padfone can get the update RIGHT NOW via the OTA
feature of the Padfone!
The update process to Jelly Bean brings two different OTA
The first update upgrades your padfone to versoin 18.104.22.168 (which is still Android 4.0.4). But after you boot your device, you will get a second OTA
message which will upgrade your Padfone to version 10.2.0.110 (which brings Andrroid 4.1.1).
Both upgrade packages are available for direct download on our Padfone firmwares page
Our first impressions are great, the software is running like "butter". The new features like the Google Now are present and are working fine. Asside from the speed improvement and extra features that Jelly Bean brings, it brings a couple uf minor UI changes. For example, the phone dailer contains white keys in both, phone and tablet mode. The keyboard did also get a design change, but nothing too big.
The instant dictionary feature which we know from the Padfone 2 is also present in this update.