Asus Eee Transformer Prime Android 4.0 update due Jan 12th

There has been a minor kerfuffle over the last few days concerning the about-to-launch Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime and the fact it was shipping with a “locked bootloader.” For those of you who err on the “casual” side of things, that means you can’t install custom versions of Android on it, which is something of a sore point for those who like to tinker with their purchase.

HOWEVER! In a lengthy statement about the issue, Asus has confirmed the Transformer Prime will get an “unlocking tool” for those who care enough, plus there will be an Android 4.0 update for the tablet from its UK launch day . Here’s the 4.0 section:

ASUS has been working hard to make the highly anticipated Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich available on the Transformer Prime, and today, we have good news for you. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich FOTA worldwide update for the Transformer Prime will start from Jan 12th, 2012. Thank you for your patience and support through this process.

Which is great news. Android 4.0 from next week, on a tablet, if you’re wealthy enough to throw £499 at Asus.

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There’s some bad news, though. Asus also addressed the GPS complaints some US buyers have had with the Transformer Prime, pointing out that the tablet’s metallic unibody design isn’t best suited to using it as a GPS device. Read the lengthy statement on Asus’ Facebook page .

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  1. MarkG

     /  January 3, 2012

    Please don’t spread the crap about the prime having a locked bootloader, the reality is almost ALL Android devices have locked bootloaders, including the current Asus Transformer.

    All you are doing by reporting this, is allowing a vocal minority to prove they can use the power of social networking to make companies change things on a whim.

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    • Phil Oakley

       /  January 3, 2012

      But the bootloader of the Prime is encrypted with 128-bit encryption, meaning that it is almost impossible to crack. Most devices do not ship with this.

      Reply
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