The second phone/tablet hybrid from ASUS has received a new software update today that’s likely going to be welcomed by those who’re still holding on to it. ASUS Padfone 2 last received a major software update back in December 2012 when it was bumped up to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Today the ASUS Padfone 2 Android 4.4 update has been released, jumping through all of the releases in between. This device is coming up from Jelly Bean directly to KitKat.

One thing users should keep in mind that the flash process this update goes through will erase all data on the device. Therefore it would be in their best interest to backup any and all data before downloading and installing the ASUS Padfone 2 Android 4.4 update.

Users will have to manually download the update and flash it using the provided tool since it looks like ASUS isn’t rolling out the update over-the-air. Granted that its much more easy to receive an update OTA, but if KitKat is what’s desired on the Padfone 2, then there’s no easy alternative at this point in time.

The update file itself weighs over 900MB so a good internet connection will be needed to download it in a timely fashion. All the bells and whistles we have come to expect of KitKat will be onboard this update. The update file is available here.

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