June 12, 2012 By: Former Writer
As we’ve mentioned previously, when a new firmware update comes out, it’s not always certain that a new root method will be found quickly. Sometimes when a root method is found, it requires downgrading to an older firmware, rooting, then updating to a prerooted build of the new firmware again. This not only adds a number of potentially risky steps to what used to be an easy process, but can also be time consuming. This is the problem currently being faced by owners of the ASUS Transformer TF300T, as the current root method for newer firmwares involves downgrading to an older firmware first.
There is a new method, however, which can root the TF300T without downgrading. The process is a bit complicated, and requires users to have Linux installed. It’s also a bit different from the traditional root method. As XDA Forum Member miloj explains:
Story short: instead of getting write access to mmcblk0p4 to write a blob, I’m getting write access to mmcblk0p1 to write a single file, with suid perms.
Instead of downgrading, miloj begins by writing a single file to the TF300T, giving it root access. However, once rooted, users should immediately install the previously-covered SuperSU or Superuser from Google Play and update the SU binary to a more secure version so applications can’t play with your personal information.
For more information, check out the original thread.
It was bound to happen sooner or later. With the Asus release of the unlocker tool for the TF300T, everyone could probably guess that development on the modest, yet still awesome tablet would start picking up, as developers now have no obstacles blocking their path. And now thanks to the official release of experimental CyanogenMod 9 builds, Asus Transformer TF300T owners now have access to the popular AOSP-derived, multi-device aftermarket firmware.
XDA Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD of Team Hacksung has released an experimental build of the popular ROM for users to try out. And frankly, for a ROM labeled as experimental, it’s surprisingly functional and doesn’t have a lot broken.
Currently, at least as of experimental build number 2, the worst users can expect is that MTP is broken. This means you cannot place files from the device onto the computer, although the developer will note that users can apparently still transfer files from their PC to the device. This is, of course, a big improvement over the first build, which had camera and WiFi issues. However, these issues were fixed in build 2, so they are a thing of the past. With no indication that anything else is broken, users who can live without MTP might as well call it a daily driver, as it appears to be pretty stable for such an early release.
To get started, head over to the original thread.
[Big thanks to XDA Senior Member AndroidIndian for the tip!]
A few weeks ago, a petition was started by XDA Senior Member wideopn11 to get the bootloader of the Asus Transformer TF300T unlocked. The demands were simple—to provide the same type of utility tool that unlocked the Asus Transformer Prime. It’s only fair, right?
Well, Asus responded. Unlike Motorola, who seems to enjoy infuriating their rooted users, they said okay. XDA Forum Member maspro has posted a new thread after finding out that Asus has released version 7 of their unlocker utility. The big update? It’s now compatible with the Transformer TF300T!
For those who don’t remember how it’s done. The unlocker tool is a simple apk file that users install and run. The app then connects to Asus servers, logs the user’s device ID and then unlocks that bootloader. It’s a very simple process, but users must remember that Asus will remember that you’ve done it and thus it’ll void your warranty. This is nothing that HTCDev users haven’t been dealing with for ages, and if you’re looking to unlock your bootloader, it is something that you should be expecting anyway. In any case, the device is now officially unlocked and everyone is pretty happy about it.
For the link to the Asus page and more information, hit up the original thread and get your bootloader unlocked once and for all.
For those unfamiliar with the ASUS Transformer TF300T, it’s a tablet from Asus aimed at delivering the quad-core processor and most of the other awesomeness of the Asus Transformer Prime at a more wallet-friendly price. In fact, just four days ago, we created forums for the device. And as some poor college guys will tell you, it’s nice when the company remembers to release a more affordable version without artificially limiting things too badly.
While Asus did a pretty good job with the TF300T, there is always room for improvement, and now users can get a hold of a few modifications to make their TF300T even better. XDA Recognized Developer seanzscreams has posted a few build.prop tweaks that can be pushed to the device using ADB or root-enabled file manager that help users have a smoother experience.
Those looking to get started should head over to the original thread for download links, instructions, and more.
May 8, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
Another day, another forum here on XDA-Developers. And today, we bring you several. Starting with the tablet world, we added forums for the Asus Transformer TF300T and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (both the 7.0 and 10.1 variants). The Asus offering brings similar features to that of its sibling, the Transformer Prime, but with a more wallet-friendly price. Swapping out the acclaimed Super-IPS display for a more standard (but still vibrant) IPS panel, but retaining its Nvidia Tegra 3 powerhouse, the TF300T is no slouch. On the other end of the alphabet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1 offer fantastic displays and competent dual-core processors for $250 and $400, respectively.
On the phone end of the spectrum, two HTC phones have found their home on our forums: the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE, and the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE. The Sprint phone clearly demonstrates its HTC One XL lineage by offering a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.7″ 720p Super LCD2 Display, a full gig of RAM, 8 MP rear-facing camera, Sense 4 running atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and of course 4G LTE connectivity. The Verizon phone, on the other hand, appears to offer traits of the One XL and the One S by giving users the same 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a smaller 4″ qHD Super LCD Display, a full gig of RAM, 8 MP rear-facing camera, Sense 4 running atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and access to Verizon’s robust and speedy 4G LTE network. Regardless of differences in screen and size, both devices seem to be the go-to phone on their respective carriers.
So which device are you most excited about? Let us know in the comment section below, or jump straight to the Asus Transformer TF300T, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE, and Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE forums.