ASUS has been in the news plenty in the last couple of months. The new Memo Pad was leaked yesterday and before that we were introduced to the Transformer Prime tablet from ASUS. Today, you just might want to jump up and down if you are an ASUS Prime owner as the company just announced they will be sending out the Android 4.0 update by the 12th of January. ASUS announced this one their official Facebook page and the company described it as a “worldwide update” that will be sent over-the-air.
Other news coming from ASUS in regards to the Prime tablet is that the company has decided to unlock the “bootloader” that was previously locked by request from mobile carriers in regards to having a secure device. The tool for unlocking was created because ASUS understands that users like to mod, or hack, their gadgets. Obviously if a consumer was to unlock the device, the warranty would become null and void from that point forward. And as a forewarning, the Google video rental feature would also be removed from the device. The bootloader unlock tool has been announced by ASUS, due to customer demand, but there is no date set right now.
Some of you might have read about the GPS issues that the Transformer Prime has been having recently. ASUS also acknowledged those and explained that a couple factors will play into how that all works. The metallic body construction, weather and buildings are all things that can hinder the GPS performance on the tablet. The company mentioned that the GPS unit is “not a professional GPS device” and that any specs related to the GPS will not be mentioned on marketing materials or spec sheets in the future.
All of the ASUS news seems to be good news and owners of the Prime tablet should be happy the company is listening to customer feedback and doing what they can to update and fix issues that have come up with their product. The Transformer Prime is a higher end tablet that runs on the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. It has a 10-inch Super IPS+ display that is protected by the popular Gorilla Glass. Throw in an 8MP camera with LED flash, micro HDMI port, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage and you have a nice tablet for $500.