June 14, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Many devices in the Android world have the capacity to share software. As anyone who frequently visits the Sony Xperia line up sub forums can tell you, a single modification for a device can often be used on a myriad of devices. Sometimes, it’s a simple performance mod or a theme, but other times it’s something important—like a root method. We recently brought you news of a method to root the Transformer TF300T without downgrading, and it turns out that this method can also be used for the Asus Transformer Prime.
The tool, called Debugfs Automated Root, was developed by XDA Senior Member sparkym3, who is no stranger to rooting the Transformer Prime. This particularly tools pulls from a variety of sources, all credited of course.
Debugfs is about as easy to use as a one-clock method gets. Users simply download the package, unzip it and run the .bat included. Need the drivers? No worries as they are included in the package as well. The best feature, by far, is the compatibility as this tool has been released in a few versions for a few Transformer devices including:
Latest Supported Versions:
v126.96.36.199 for the TF201
v188.8.131.52 for the TF101
v184.108.40.206 for the TF300
So if you own one of these devices, this tool will work for you.
For users who want to learn more, head over to the original thread.
June 5, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
As time passes after a device is released, older root methods often get patched. Thus, developers often are forced to find a new exploit to provide their users with root access. Sometimes it can be a rough process and other times it’s as easy as changing from one known root exploit to a different one.
In any case, once a newer firmware gets rooted, one can almost certainly bet that a one-click process is right around the corner—and for users of the Asus Transformer TF101 and TF101G on the .24 firmware, that time is now. XDA Senior Member Thing O Doom has released the new one-click method for users after seeing various questions asking if older root methods worked with the latest firmware release.
The method itself is easy to use. Simply download and run the included Windows .bat file with the device plugged in, and your device will be rooted. Even so, Thing O Doom politely requests that anyone using this method read the included ReadMe first. The method is unfortunately only compatible with Windows 7 x86-64 systems—so x86 systems, Linux, and Mac users will have to get to load a Windows 7 x86-64 virtual machine order to make it work.
Head on over to the original thread to get rooted.
Over the last few months, downgrading firmware has seemingly been all the rage. Not because the newest firmwares aren’t great, and not because there’s anything wrong with them—it’s because downgrading is often the last recourse left in device rooting troublesome devices. There are other reasons as well, but no matter what the reasoning is, users of the Asus Transformer can now downgrade as they choose, whether they’re rooted or not.
XDA Forum Member wolf849 has written up a few useful methods for downgrading your Transformer to the firmware you want. There are three methods altogether, the first for rooted users only, the other two for unrooted users only. Let the downgrading begin!
All of the methods are similar in that users have to put a BLOB file onto their internal storage and then execute several ADB commands. This is nice because any user going through the process more or less has to run through the same experience, just with different commands. Just be sure that you’re doing the correct method before you get started because, as wolf849 says:
Note that downgrading method for unrooted devices is highly experimental and may turn your device into worthless brick. Read this WHOLE thread carefully before you start doing anything with your Transformer.
So as always, be extra careful about which method you intend on following, and be sure you fulfill all of the prerequisites. Otherwise, you could potentially damage your device permanently. It should be mentioned that these methods are also compatible with the Asus Transformer Prime as well. As with the Transformer, be sure you’re doing the correct method depending on whether or not your device is rooted.
For those looking to downgrade their Transformer or Transformer Prime, head on over the original thread for full instructions, credits, downloads, and warnings.
March 14, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
There are a plethora of tools out there that help developers do all sorts of things. From cooking ROMs to compiling kernels to editing and modifying apk files, you can find a tool for almost anything if you search long enough or hard enough. For owners of the Asus Transformer and Asus Transformer Prime, developers have a nifty little application called Blob Tools. XDA Forum Member rayman84 released the tool a little while ago, but aspiring developers are still using it as a stepping stone to get their ROMs working properly on the old school Transformer.
The application itself is a tad complicated and is suggested for use to only those who are serious about learning to develop on the Transformer. It is also only compatible for Linux as of right now so Windows and Mac users will need to Virtual Box their favorite Linux distribution in order to use it. It includes a series of commands that allow developers to alter anything from the system files to controlling whether or not their blob has a boot.img or a custom recovery aboard. The things that can be altered include (but are not limited to):
blob.HEADER – Header stuff (ignore it)
blob.APP – system.img
blob.LNX – boot.img
blob.SOS – recovery.img (e.g. regular boot.img)
blob.EBT – bootloader.bin (ignore)
Devs looking to get started on the Transformer devices can head on over to the Blob Thread for additional information and download links. You’ll have to read a couple of pages in order to get all the instructions, but they’re all there. Of course, make a complete backup before attempting to flash your new creations, just to be on the safe side.
March 1, 2012 By: jerdog
Team EOS has done so much for the Motorola Xoom over the past few months when it comes to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and now they bring their work to the ASUS Transformer. Enlisting the help of XDA Senior Member Roach2010 back in November of 2011, a ROM was built with AOSP as its base but no hardware support was available. After ASUS released ICS for the Transformer on February 24th, the team had all they needed. The developer released a basic preview of the ROM on the 25th, and two days later these nightlies came to fruition.
The developer states that the only real bugs right now have to do with the proprietary dock functions, and he is currently working to work out the compatibility kinks. However, flashing a nightly build always carries an inherent risk of instability. As such, these builds carry the usual disclaimer:
A quick note on Nightlies: NIGHTLIES ARE DEVELOPMENT BUILDS. They are automatically generated once every 24 hours and represent the compilation of the latest commits to the code repository. While every effort is made ensure that the commits that are accepted are stable and do not have a negative impact to the overall performance and function of the builds it is not possible to test every aspect of a commits impact to the overall repo prior to it’s inclusion in a given build. As a result it is entirely possible that instabilities may be introduced as a result of a given days commits. That is the nature of the nightly system, and the risk that is taken using the latest code changes to the project.
EOS is an AOSP based rom. It is developed and maintained by Team EOS and is the culmination of our own in house development efforts.
Those interested should continue to the ROM thread.