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Posts Tagged: Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

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This has been a long time coming. From the rumors to the official announcement, and the long waiting period in between, it has finally happened. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime bootloader unlocker has finally been released.

XDA forum member hobbypunk has posted a thread that links to the Asus website where Transformer Primer owners can get their paws on the tool released by Asus that will allow for the bootloader to be unlocked. The tool comes in apk format, so it’s safe to assume that you simply need to install it on your device using your favorite method and run the tool. Along with the tool comes the usual spread of disclaimers. There is, however, notable fine print:

This tool now only works with TF201 ICS. It won’t work on other devices or TF201 HC.

In other words, just make that you’re already updated to Ice Cream Sandwich before attempting to run the unlocker tool.

If you want that unlocked bootloader goodness, you can head over to the original thread, where you’ll find the official website link and three mirrors along with the disclaimer and discussion. All hands on deck, it’s time for full S-Off!

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Early this morning XDA Junior Member Liferules reported in our forums that a new update had appeared for his Asus Transformer Prime. Since the previous update (9.4.2.13), intended to improve GPS performance, Prime users have experienced random restarts and decreased battery life. XDA Senior Member demandarin, shortly after the release of the update, posted this screenshot, showing the system using the previously disabled low-power CPU frequencies. Countless other posters confirmed improved battery life and several even claimed improved WiFi performance (not confirmed).

If you are a rooted Transformer Prime user out there make sure you use OTA Root Keeper to maintain root access after the OTA update. Please also note that you WILLl lose root even with Root Keeper if you install the update using anything but the official over-the-air update. Updating using extracted blob files will break root no matter what.

Most users that received the update already were in the United States with the exception of a few users in Mexico. European Prime owners, sit tight. Representatives from Asus have confirmed that the EU version of the device will get the update early next week. Already installed the update? Want to follow the progress as users report their findings? Be sure to heck out the original thread here.

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Transformer Prime users rejoice: a new update is rolling out which brings some much needed bug fixes, especially to hardware functions such as WiFi and Bluetooth. Many users have been complaining about low WiFi reception and general WiFi problems when Bluetooth is enabled. Together with the WiFi and Bluetooth packages, the kernel received an update too, bringing its version number to 2.6.39. Even though some users don’t really seem to notice any WiFi performance improvement, a lot of people do get better WiFi reception.

Since the update, one thing all users agree with is the fact that the overall performance of the Transformer Prime has gotten much better. The lockup and reboot issues seem to be fixed, games and apps not only load quicker but also seem to run much more stable. Skeptical readers saying this has something to do with the placebo effect are wrong – XDA Member Darkseider brought some interesting facts to the table: benchmark results are 5% to 8% better than before the update.

One downside is the fact that the Ad-Hoc tethering bug is still not fixed – though a fix for that problem has been created by XDA Senior Member Darkseider. If your Prime is rooted, make sure you use Voodoo OTA Rootkeeper to keep getting the best out of it.  Visit the Transformer Prime Update thread to join the discussion or read other people’s feedback.

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Over the last week XDA Member Erusman and several other Transformer Prime owners have been hard at work in this thread tearing apart the Transformer Prime.  Once the Prime was completely disassembled and analyzed, some key design flaws were noted. A handful of late nights and torn apart Primes later, a hardware fix for the Transformer Prime light bleed issues has emerged.

If your screen shows light near the edges when the screen is dark then your case may be assembled improperly. Users have also reported success extending the range of the internal GPS antenna and an overall increase in GPS connection speed with the back of the tablet removed.

If any of this is relevant to your interests, head over to the thread here but be sure to read every word of it before you tear your Transformer apart to start playing around. This is trial and error stuff and we don’t want you messing up your tablet!

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A week ago we reported on those official support threads maintained by ASUS Technical Marketing Manager Gary Key, through which ASUS hoped to gain additional insight into some of the issues that owners of the Transformer Prime were experiencing. The fixes that were promised are now being worked on, and are expected to arrive in early February.

For the random system lockups (forum thread) that some experienced after updating the tablet to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, ASUS is working on “two different solutions”. Should you be “comfortable with flashing a new ROM image” and willing “to take the time to complete each process”, however, you can go ahead and try to one of those solutions right now:

One option to try is to revert back to the last Honeycomb image through the manual update process, set the unit power mode to balanced performance and screen brightness manually to 50%, and then manually update to the latest ICS build using these instructions – http://service.asus.com/TF201_fwupdate. You will need a fully charged battery and have the system plugged into AC power. This worked on a couple of returned units but not on all units.

Same goes for the BT/WiFi fallout issue (forum thread), which would lead to the Bluetooth signal degrading when streaming media via WiFi, except that there’s no manual workaround available in case you don’t want to wait for the official fix sometime next month.

Still not completely solved, though, is the “serial number not found” issue (forum thread). There is an experimental fix available that may or may not work; in the latter case, you should contact ASUS with further information, following the instructions in the linked forum thread.

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At the beginning of this year, there was on outrage over the discovery of one of our forum members who found that the bootloader on the Transformer Prime tablet was locked and encrypted. Protest ensued, and ASUS quickly gave in and announced that it would develop an unlock tool. Now their official Twitter account revealed that the unlock tool (which they erroneously call ‘root tool’, for whatever reason) is expected to arrive in February.

Of course, this can mean anything from next week to 30-something days, but in any case, it’s still pretty nice to see the company respond and act so quickly. We’ve also seen their support being considerably stepped up and above of that of competitors, with ASUS Technical Marketing Manager Gary Key offering official support in our forums.

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Being a tablet, it makes a lot more sense to run Ubuntu on the ASUS Tranformer Prime than on a smartphone. Of course, that hasn’t stopped people from porting the popular Linux distro to the HTC Desire, for example, and for the old Windows Mobile devices, getting Ubuntu to work was a stepping stone for Android ports – a process probably best illustrated with the HTC HD2.

Anyway, forum member zedomax has created a step-by-step tutorial which explains how to install Ubuntu on the Transformer Prime. Due to limitations of VNC, which is used to connect to Ubuntu from within Android, the GUI is quite slow, but the command-line shell interface is working very well, helped in no small part by the quad-core processor found in the Prime which makes it run much faster than on a Samsung Galaxy Tab, as the dev notes.

However, you can get a lot done in shell – like, say, running a web server in the background, or even compiling Android kernels right from the Android tablet – so if you’re interested, check out the forum thread which also includes a video for your viewing pleasure.

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It’s been a pretty busy week for the ASUS Transformer Prime, which was rooted only yesterday. However, that solution required some manual messing with ADB – for those who aren’t really into all that stuff, recognized developer -viperboy- now created a tool that does the same thing, but all automatically. Additionally, it allows you to unroot your shiny quadcore tablet in case you need to send it back for warranty, for example.

Go ahead and visit the forum thread if you held out on the manual process, but still be careful – root is root, and if something goes wrong, you’ll have no one but yourself to blame.

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All hail root!

It was only a matter of time before someone got Superuser on the latest and greatest of the Asus Transformer series and that time is right now.

XDA Recognized Developer jcase has successfully found an exploit that will get your Asus Transformer Prime rooted with Superuser so those lucky enough to be toting one can experience all the greatness of Superuser access.

It’s a pretty standard root process for those who are familiar with non-one click solutions. You download the exploit, push it via ADB, install the Superuser app from the market and, as always, the final step is profit.

You can find the downloads, the full instructions, a nifty how-to video, shout outs and all the other goodies in the original thread.

The thread itself is also being used a support thread, as jcase says:

This is the support thread, feel free to ask questions here. Please do not redistribute my exploit.

So any issues, questions or anything else that needs discussed will be in the thread too and it’s always a good idea to read through the whole thread to see what others are having problems with (and the fixes for them) just in case you run into some problems. As always, especially with root, there’s a chance that things can go horribly wrong so make sure you exercise caution as well!

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In addition to announcing that it would provide an unlock tool for the bootloader of the Transformer Prime, ASUS also revealed (in the same statement posted to Facebook) that the Android 4.0 update for its Tegra 3 tablet would begin rolling out on January 12.

In fact, this is one of the earliest dates we’ve seen for an official Ice Cream Sandwich update, aside from the Nexus S of course, with Sony Ericsson and LG having scheduled their updates for Q2 while Samsung has committed to a Q1 timeline for its Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, without any exact dates confirmed yet.

ASUS also provided a changelog for the recent 8.8.3.33 update, which “improve[s] the focus of the camera, the fluidity of the touch experience, and the APK capabilities in Android Market”, and further clarified the GPS issues with the Transformer Prime: Due to its metallic unibody design interfering with GPS signals, it cannot provide “professional” GPS performance, which is why ASUS will no longer be touting its GPS capabilities on its spec sheet and marketing. Definitely a good move for the future, though it unfortunately doesn’t change much for those who already bought one.

Overall, a lot of (highly interesting) stuff buried in that one long statement. We’ve embedded it below for your reading pleasure.

Thank you very much for all of the support you have given to ASUS. Eee Pad Transformer Prime received excellent reviews and great demand when it launched in December 2011. Now, we are continuing to make the Transformer Prime available in the worldwide market, and doing our best to fulfill the incredible demand. ASUS strives to create the best products and provide the best service for our customers, and will be releasing an FOTA update for the Transformer Prime shortly. This update, version 8.8.3.33, will improve the focus of the camera, the fluidity of the touch experience, and the APK capabilities in Android Market.

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.

In addition, we would like to address your concerns related to GPS and bootloader on the Transformer Prime.

The ASUS Transformer Prime is made from a metallic unibody design, so the material may affect the performance of the GPS when receiving signals from satellites. Please note that this product is not a professional GPS device, and signal performance can be easily influenced by factors including, but not limited to: weather, buildings, and surrounding environments. Please understand there are limitations when using the GPS function. To avoid inconveniencing users who demand a powerful GPS device, we made the decision to remove it from our specification sheet and marketing communications. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Regarding the bootloader, the reason we chose to lock it is due to content providers’ requirement for DRM client devices to be as secure as possible. ASUS supports Google DRM in order to provide users with a high quality video rental experience. Also, based on our experience, users who choose to root their devices risk breaking the system completely. However, we know there is demand in the modding community to have an unlocked bootloader. Therefore, ASUS is developing an unlock tool for that community. Please do note that if you choose to unlock your device, the ASUS warranty will be void, and Google video rental will also be unavailable because the device will be no longer protected by security mechanism.

Thank you for all the understanding and support for the ASUS Transformer Prime. Happy New Year!

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ASUS just announced that it will develop an unlock tool for the bootloader of its Transformer Prime tablet. This comes only slightly more than 48 hours after a forum member has found its bootloader to be locked and encrypted, triggering a massive amount of protest posts on its Facebook wall.

As the original reason for locking the bootloader, ASUS cites the “content providers’ requirement for DRM client devices to be as secure as possible” in order to support Google DRM for “a high quality video rental experience”. Thus, it notes that unlocking the bootloader will not only void your warranty, but also make Google video rental unavailable – which makes no difference for many users since the service is only available in the US and UK (and possibly other English-speaking markets, thanks to nanu*1 for pointing out) as of the time of this writing.

Below is the juicy bit of the statement.

Regarding the bootloader, the reason we chose to lock it is due to content providers’ requirement for DRM client devices to be as secure as possible. ASUS supports Google DRM in order to provide users with a high quality video rental experience. Also, based on our experience, users who choose to root their devices risk breaking the system completely. However, we know there is demand in the modding community to have an unlocked bootloader. Therefore, ASUS is developing an unlock tool for that community. Please do note that if you choose to unlock your device, the ASUS warranty will be void, and Google video rental will also be unavailable because the device will be no longer protected by security mechanism.

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After the original Transformer got an OTA update a couple of days ago, Asus is now rolling out an update for its successor, the Transformer Prime (yes, that device with the encrypted bootloader!) which brings the software version to 8.8.3.33. The update seems to improve general touch responsiveness and smoothness, and GPS performance for some.

Head over into the forum thread to share your experience with the update.

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The bootloader of the Asus Transformer Prime tablet is locked and encrypted, as forum member di11igaf  has found out. What’s more: the AES-128 encryption, used by governments worldwide, is practically impossible to crack. The only hope of unlocking the bootloader, thereby, lies in Asus. And HTC, which similarly began to lock its bootloaders back in May, eventually backed off in face of massive protests, providing a web-based unlock solution.

So, let’s all show our outrage for Asus to make them follow in the footsteps of HTC, shall we? Jump right into the forum thread to find out how!

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