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Posts Tagged: Asus EeePad Transformer

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EeePad Transformer owners who want to be able to monitor both the internal tablet and dock batteries can do so with XDA Senior Member Flexer‘s Dual Battery Widget. The app has received significant updates since the last time we spoke about it.

The widget displays the status for the internal and secondary batteries in the EeePad dock station. For devices other than the EeePad Transformer, the widget will only show the main battery icon.  The widget is resizable and can be as small as 1 cell on your screen. Advanced options allow you to change the size and positions of the status text, and hide the second battery gauge when disconnected.

Dual Battery Widget is available for free on the Android Market. For more information (including the course code on Github), check out the application thread.

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A thing of fairytale, the idea of 500Gb storage on a tablet. Especially on any device we own, it’s something no one has seen or heard of, only complained about.

The ASUS Transformer, for me, really is the peak of progression. It was the product we, in the technology community, had been waiting for for a very long time, and didn’t expect to see it rising over the horizon. The Transformer as a whole is comparable to a Macbook Air or a netbook, because of its design, being the same size and featuring the same functionality. The tablet itself is comparable to the iPad 2, with its aluminium design, mobile operating system, and camera’s, front and back. There is an element of functionality which surpasses the rest of the market. The ability to use the keyboard in conjunction with a stand-alone tablet, retaining the touchscreen functionality.

However, there is a massive flaw with this device when deciding to choose it over a regular netbook. A netbook has an average of 250Gb storage–Where is that on the Transformer? It’s non-existent. XDA member goodintentions didn’t feel this was good enough and I agree. If you’re going to create such a breakthrough product, at least stock it with storage that can rival other manufacturers. He decided to open his Transformer dock, rip away plastic which wasn’t doing very much, push wires in different directions, and place a 500Gb hard drive in the middle.

These are the developments we like to see. Thank you for taking the time to void your warranty with no guaranteed success, for our guaranteed success after voiding our warranty. The original thread to void your warranty is here.

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The Weekly Q&A: Week 47

August 15, 2011   By:

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As part of our regular Q&A session here on the XDA-Developers Portal, I’ll be covering some questions and issues frequently seen here in the world of XDA. This week, we’ll concentrate on everyone’s favorite large-screened devices–Honeycomb-powered tablets!

Q: Is it possible to turn the a500 display off when connecting to a TV using HDMI out? If you try to lock the device (hit the power button), it halts the device completely. There is not brightness option for “completely off,” so that’s not an option. Ideally, I’d like to save battery if I’m watching a movie via HDMI. Does this require a 3rd party app, if so, do you know of any? [Question originally seen in the Acer Iconia A500 Q&A Section.]

A: “You could conceivably use Widgetsoid or something similar to reduce screen brightness to 0%.”

Q: Have a wi-fi only version i bought and it says no updates available but i dont have touchwiz…any ideas as to why i dont get the update or how i can get it? [Question originally seen in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Q&A Section.]

A: “In order to prevent network or server overload we are limiting the number of Tabs that can download the update. You can either keep trying, or wait for your Tab to receive a push update notification.”

Q: Need to run two reader apps (two parallel texts for reading the original literature) on one screen. Two copies of the same program like Moon+ would be even more nice.? [Question originally seen in the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Q&A Section.]

A: This is not possible with the stock Honeycomb OS. However, custom UXes such as TouchWiz on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 allow for multiple applets to run simultaneously on the screen. Additionally, there are UIs in the works that rethink application management altogether.

Q: My bookmarks won’t sync from my PC to transformer. Is this a known problem if so is there a known fix/workaround ? [Question originally seen in the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Q&A Section.]

A: “I had the same problem on my Asus Transformer 3.2,but found the solution. From your home screen.go to settings/manage applications /all/browser then clear data.go back to the browser and it should automatically sign you back into your gmail account. Then go to your browser settings/ general / sync to chrome. In a few minutes they should be back. Also make sure your gmail account/browser are in autosync in settings/accounts and sync. This worked for me and if this helps you please let me know.”

Q: For the last few months I’ve been unable to update/install Facebook on a500. App does not show in marketplace app, does show on web android market but shows as not compatible with Acer. I’ve got factory install (of honeycomb) and received latest updates—though I had the problem prior to 3.1. Note I already have older version of Facebook when I was able to install (when I first got a500…just after release). I’m not interested in rooting if possible and believe issue must be related to configs on marketplace in my profile? [Question originally seen in the Acer Iconia A500 Q&A Section.]

A: For Facebook access, you should give the locally-developed Friend Me a shot. As for Netflix, once you load a certain patch that can be found right here on XDA, the side-loaded APK (also available in the aforementioned thread) will work just fine.

That wraps it up for this week’s session. Stay tuned for more news and Q&A sessions! As always, if you have any suggestions for stories or questions that we should cover, please feel free to send me (or any other News Writer) a private message.

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We all love simplicity in our lives. This is a concept that has spread throughout the technology world, a concept that is based on the law on minimal efforts (getting the same amount of work done, while reducing the actual input on said task). Rooting is always a fun activity but it can be quite time consuming if you are not sure of what you are doing. So, XDA member rebound821 decided that it was time to give Transformer owners something a bit simpler to get their root going. The one-click could not come at a better time due to the release of Honeycomb 3.2 for the Transformer a couple of days ago. The one drawback at this point is the fact that this only works on Linux (sorry Windows users). However, the dev has provided everything needed to get this going in a heartbeat without even needing to have Linux installed in your PC. There is a LiveCD image with the tool already included that will allow you to root and put CWM easily and seamlessly. So, simply burn the iso, pop it in your PC, reboot, and boom, you are on your way to root.

Simple enough? If you have any requests (other than a Windows version), please leave them in the thread along with some feedback.

This time I have written a shell script (linux only) to automatically root the stock firmware on the TF101. Every stock firmware.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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