ASUS PadFone 2

Android 4.4 KitKat update now available for ASUS PadFone 2

Owners of the ASUS PadFone 2 have received something of a pleasant surprise with the release of an official manufacturer-supported upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat. The news comes despite the fact the this device is over two years old, having originally been released in December 2012.

The process for ASUS PadFone 2 owners to upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat is not entirely straightforward. The new firmware is not available over-the-air, and has to be downloaded from ASUS’ website.

Another important issue to be aware of is that ASUS warns users that the upgrade will wipe all of their personal data. However, it is possible to perform a back-up first by using the ASUS PC Tool.

The fact that the upgrade requires a few extra steps to be taken compared with the typical manufacturer-supplied update should not come as a surprise. Originally when the ASUS PadFone 2 was launched, it was running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Although the ASUS PadFone 2 was subsequently upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it did not receive any further updates until now. Therefore, quite a leap is being taken by anyone who install’s ASUS’ new firmware.

The move from ASUS is welcome, but relatively rare in the industry. Manufacturers of Android devices have historically been reluctant to provide updates for aging products.

Due to potential security concerns – given prominence this year with the discovery of the Heartbleed bug – manufacturers are coming under increasing pressure to provide long-term support for Android devices.

[via Android Police]