More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Asus Releases Official TF700T Bootloader Unlocker Tool
Not too long ago, we witnessed the launch of Asus most recent entry into the world of tablets with the shinny, slim, and fully loaded Infinity Pad (a.k.a. the Asus Transformer TF700T). As is customary for Asus, the bootloader on the device was locked upon shipping from the factory. However due to the constant demands, petitions, and bashing from the developer community in similar cases with the Prime (TF201) and the TF300T, they have now released an official tool to unlock the bootloader of the device.
XDA Forum Member zeus34 made a new thread with links and a good step-by-step description explaining how to use this tool to achieve the “nirvana” state for the tab. Conceptually, this is the same as HTC’s dev unlock method, but with less limitations on the kind of unlock. However, the one single disadvantage of this tool is that since it requires you to register the tab with Asus as an unlocked device, you are effectively relinquishing your warranty and handing it over on a silver platter.
What does this mean to you as an end-user? Not much yet, but the good news is that having the bootloader unlocked will open the flood gates to our favorite past time: custom ROM flashing!
Keep in mind that you need to be on ICS to unlock the bootloader. The reason this is an important point is because Asus has promised an update to JB for this device, and for the time being, there are no indications that the tool will work under JB. Please leave your feedback if you happen to use this tool.
Unlock Device App: Unlock boot loader(Only works with TF700T ICS OS)
1. Only suitable for Andriod4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS version.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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