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SparkyRoot Brings Root to the Transformer Prime in APK Fashion
It wasn’t long ago that we at XDA brought you news of the Asus Transformer Prime’s Unlocker Tool, and it was only a matter of time before we saw similar user-created tools. As root methods go, there are few easier ways than simply installing an APK. XDA Senior Member sparkym3, with some help from others, has now released his Transformer and Transformer Prime root tool, which offers a number of advantages over the official tool.
The steps are pretty easy to go through and involve really only pressing a single button. Basically, you install the application, run it, click exploit, use the Asus Backup to backup an app, install superuser and then cleanup the temp files. The developer doesn’t specify if the tool is based in any way on the official Asus unlocker tool, but the root method does work on just about all Transformer Prime firmwares. In the words of the developer:
This root app has been confirmed working on current OTAs for the ASUS Transformer (TF101) and Transformer Prime (TF201) Devices.
This includes v126.96.36.199 for the TF201 and v188.8.131.52 for the TF101.
A recent user reported that v184.108.40.206 on TF101 may have fixed this exploit but I have no further confirmation on this.
This method (as it is currently implemented) no longer works with the v220.127.116.11 ROM on TF201.
If you’re looking to easily root your Transformer or Transformer Prime and aren’t running v18.104.22.168, this is the method you’re probably looking for. It has also been confirmed that this tool will be supported for a while, and that future versions will also have new features such as unrooting.
More information, download links, and the full set of instructions can be found in the root tool thread.
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