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April 10, 2011

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Honeycomb tablet source code released

by Darren Allan

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is the company’s effort at a hybrid tablet, although the hybrid part is optional depending on whether you buy the keyboard dock.

The slate’s specs include a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor and a 10.1 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. The 16GB model costs £380 (£430 with the keyboard that turns it into a laptop).

It’s supposed to be out in the UK a week tomorrow, but Asus has already gone ahead and released the source code for the Honeycomb powered tablet before its hit the shelves.

Despite Android being an open system, Google has thus far kept the Honeycomb code unreleased for fear that developers will try and jam it onto smartphones, when the OS still needs work to function correctly in that respect (having been designed for larger screen tablets).

Of course, this isn’t the full Android 3.0 source code, but as CrunchGear, who spotted the release points out, the code for the Transformer’s Linux kernel should be enough for app devs to code for the Asus tablet, and other Honeycomb powered slates, too.

Check out more detailed info on the Transformer, and grab the source code from the Download tab, at the relevant Asus product page here.

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  1. The download section was not properly presented. When I click P2P in an attempt of reducing their website bandwidth, I was shown how to use BitTorrent DNA!!! What I wanted was the torrent file!!!

    Comment by alex — April 11, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

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