Transformer Prime gets Android 4.0 update Jan. 12

The Transformer Prime tablet from Asus only started shipping, at least to some customers, a few weeks ago. At the time the tablet, with its powerful quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, was running Android 3.1. Now Asus has announced, via a post on its Facebook page, that owners of the Transformer Prime will be able to upgrade to the new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system starting on January 12.

The tablet will be one of the first products that will be running Android 4.0 since it was introduced late in 2011 with the launch of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

In addition to the Android 4.0 upgrade date announcement, Asus also posted up some information about two items that users of the Transformer Prime have raised some concerns about. One is for the device's GPU support which has not worked as well as expected. Asus says that due to the "metallic unibody design" of the tablet, "the material may affect the performance of the GPS when receiving signals from satellites." Asus said this was the reason why the feature was in fact removed from the device's marketing materials and specification sheet.

The other issue is the locked bootloader which has given some Android modders some issues. Asus states, " ... the reason we chose to lock it is due to content providers' requirement for DRM client devices to be as secure as possible." However, in order to appease the mod community, Asus says it " ... is developing an unlock tool for that community."

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Hasbro: We are going to sue!

Asus: But we just released the tablet in your honor!

Hasbro: We don't care, you owe us money!

Asus: We just sold 500,000 units and planning to take the number 1 spot for tablets!

Hasbro: Oh, well.. don't let us stop you! We still need a few bucks for gas.. bro.

Asus: No prob, the check is in the mail!

So there is a chance the prime will get ICS before my Google Experience Moto Xoom...I regret that purchase every day...and every article later.

RightfulSpire said,
So there is a chance the prime will get ICS before my Google Experience Moto Xoom...I regret that purchase every day...and every article later.

LOL, break it.. if you have insurance maybe they will let you get a "free" upgrade.. otherwise.. sucks to be you!

^
Dont even talk about recalls in the tech world. The GS1's GPS issue was resolved with a software update. I had a GS1....and after the update, no problems.

Edited by techbeck, Jan 4 2012, 5:45am :

alphamale said,
The GPS not working on an android tablet is a big deal to me. Bummer.

GPS Issue with the Prime seems to be the casing, not the actual software like with the original Galaxy S phones. ASUS has no fix for it. Something about the metallic build affecting GPS performance.

alphamale said,
The GPS not working on an android tablet is a big deal to me. Bummer.

And you need GPS on a tablet for what reason? That's what a phone is for. /smdh

techbeck said,

GPS Issue with the Prime seems to be the casing, not the actual software like with the original Galaxy S phones. ASUS has no fix for it. Something about the metallic build affecting GPS performance.

And if this were a car, there would be a recall. Yet Asus gets away with selling a defective product. Samsung did to with the GS1's.

acidic-e- said,

And you need GPS on a tablet for what reason? That's what a phone is for. /smdh

some cars will be coming with dock stations in them in the future.


your theory just went out the door.

"Asus said this was the reason why the feature was in fact removed from the device's marketing materials and specification sheet."
Lol so that means "If it does not work its still ok cuz its not technically there"

brent3000 said,
"Asus said this was the reason why the feature was in fact removed from the device's marketing materials and specification sheet."
Lol so that means "If it does not work its still ok cuz its not technically there"

No, it means that they didn't advertise a feature that may not work all too well. It's still there, but kinda broken. This is actually good, as saying that there is a working GPS in the unit when in fact it does not always work, or works poorly or improperly, would be false or misleading advertising