Shortly after ASUS released its quad-core Transformer Prime tablet, users began noticing some really disappointing performance by the model’s GPS receiver, struggling to lock-on to satellites and get a fix on its location. The problem sounded like a fundamental design problem with the GPS antenna obscured by the Prime’s metal casing, but ASUS still attempted to make things right with a software fix. That release tried to speed locks by sending some satellite data to the tablet over its data connection, but owners still weren’t satisfied with the poor performance. ASUS [...]
The Asus Transformer Prime TF201 is a great tablet but unfortunately many users are complaining about poor GPS performance and overall operation. The problem, while Asus tried to address it with a software update, seems to be by design and now the manufacturer has something else in mind to try and make its customers happy.
According to an e-mail chain between an XDA Developers member and Asus, the company allegedly said: “we will be releasing a dongle shortly that will address the GPS function and be a fully usable GPS that will lock onto many satellites and keep their [...]
A die-hard Android fan and power-user must have probably already tried out by now the ClockworkMod Touch Recovery, given that there are more and more devices supported.
However, the first tablets to get ClockworkMod Touch Recovery are two Asus Tablets, namely the Asus Transformer TF101 and the Asus Transformer Prime TF201. If you really want to try it out — and say goodbye to volume rocker navigation — you need to have a rooted tablet (chances are you already have one if you’re a power user) after which you can either fire up ROM Manager to flash ClockworkMod [...]
Watch this week’s Android Revolution as we go through what’s hot and what’s not inside the world of Google’s Android project. In today’s show we start by discussing all the release dates and release rumors for the HTC One X, S and V, which are closer to a wallet near you. We later talk about NVIDIA’s recent affirmation that $200 Quad-core Android tablets are possible, and why. We then go through all the Verizon devices that are likely to get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the next coming days. We spend some time going through this week’s [...]
Just what exactly will those “awesome new features” be that Asus is planning on bringing to the Transformer Prime via an upcoming software update? Luckily, the answer comes from the manufacturer itself, though through its Italian branch and on Facebook.
The version number will be 126.96.36.199 and it will introduce the ability to control notifications from the lock screen. Google applications included will be the new, rebranded ones: Play Store, Play Music, Play Movies, and Play Books. Asus Vibe will be updated from version 1 to version 2 with an improved user [...]
Asus rolled out an update for its Transformer Prime tablet at the beginning of February and it brought slight performance improvements along with a new kernel — version 2.6.39 — as well as fixes for WiFi and Bluetooth functionality.
On its official Facebook page linked below, Asus is now teasing an upcoming firmware update for the tablet. This said refresh will also bring “awesome new features”, but just how awesome and when is yet unknown. However, it seems they will be awesome enough for Asus to tease and build the buzz; fingers crossed for soon (and [...]
When ASUS put the spotlight on its convertible smartphone/tablet Padfone, it was just scraping the surface of the new devices it has ready for the MWC this year. In addition to that model, the manufacturer has a couple other new tablets for us to check out, as well as some news about how it brands its product lines.
While we’ve been calling them the Transformer and Transformer Prime, technically the full name for those existing ASUS tablets begins “Eee Pad Transformer”. From here out, ASUS will refer to its tablet line in general as Transformer Pad devices, [...]
Just yesterday we reported that users in Taiwan were the first to get the official Ice Cream Sandwich refresh available on their Asus Transformer TF101 tablets. Starting today, users in North America (US and Canada) who own WiFi versions of this tablet will also receive an over-the-air notification, according to reports; in case it hasn’t reached your device yet, make sure to manually check for the update.
Other users (those who own a 3G flavor or international variants) will just need to wait a little bit more. While the loss of root privileges was expected, more recent [...]
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s Padfone teaser Asus just released a new video in its efforts to try and build as much buzz as possible around the products it plans on unveiling at MWC. The 17-seconds long video hints “Twice the Detail, Twice the Fun” and tips a tablet with a higher resolution than before (or maybe a completely new tablet). Nothing is certain yet, but the Transformer Prime TF700T might be a possibility. This Android tablet was introduced at CES and improves the specs of the current Transformer Prime tablet with, among others, high-resolution display. [...]
Despite promising an official Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Transformer TF101 to land this month, Asus didn’t deliver just yet. Not that we’re already at the end of the month but a recent Facebook post seems to shed some light on the upcoming refresh.
According to Asus Singapore, the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Asus Transformer “will be ready within the Feb/March 2012 period”. Best case scenario: a couple of weeks. Worst case scenario: a tad more than a month. Whenever that happens you will receive an over-the-air update notification [...]
Now that Asus has kept its January promise regarding the delivery of a bootloader unlocking solution for the Transformer Prime — just recently released — the community started to get its hands dirty and they’re now delivering a custom ROM for the tablet.
We’re looking at a stock Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich build with tweaks and optimizations that make the release deodexed, zipaligned, de-bloated, rooted, optimized for fluid performance and usability as well as 1.6GHz overclocked. If you decide that this ROM is something you want to try (and [...]
It was just about one month ago when ASUS took to Twitter to address owners of its quad-core Transformer Prime tablet regarding the ability to unlock their hardware’s bootloader for some development fun. According to the company, such a tool was in the works and the plan would be to release it sometime during February. Well, we may have had to wait through the better part of the month for it to get here, but sure enough, ASUS has now made the Prime’s unlock tool available on its support site.
In order to use the unlock tool, your Prime is going to need to have had [...]
The road seems to be a little bumpy for the Asus Transformer Prime, a tablet which recently received an update to improve its GPS functionality and the camera. Sadly, after the update, there were still some issues with GPS but now a new update is rolling out.
There’s a new kernel inside, version 2.6.39, as well as fixes for WiFi and Bluetooth functionality. According to reports, users who applied the update see a slight performance improvement, a claim which is backed up with some increased benchmark scores. Additionally, if your Transformer Prime was suffering from random [...]
Last spring, ASUS came out with its dual-core Transformer tablet, followed by the quad-core Transformer Prime in December. Since then, we’ve already learned about plans for an upgraded version of the Prime, as model TF700T, with display and camera spec bumps. It looks like that’s not the company’s only tablet on the immediate horizon, as a few images have arrived today that claim to show a currently-unknown TF300T tablet.
At this point, there’s little to go on but speculation; a likely explanation is that we’re looking at what ASUS might be planning [...]
While many were excited about the Asus Transformer Prime, the very first nVidia Tegra 3-powered quad-core Android tablet, the excitement quickly faded away for those users who wanted to tinker with the tablet; the quickly found out that the bootloader was locked.
According to a recent Asus tweet, a tool will be coming to the Transformer Prime in February, bringing the ability to unlock the bootloader. We’re less than a week away from February but there exact availability date for the tool was not made public. However, Asus’ commitment to the cause is commendable; [...]
When we first heard about the GPS reception issues the ASUS Transformer Prime tablet was going through, there was a good deal of concern that they would prove insurmountable, as ASUS seemed to have ignored basic principles of electromagnetic shielding when constructing the tablet; that is, if you seal an antenna in a metal box, it’s not going to be effective. Without designing the tablet to ensure the GPS antenna was in a location where it could receive a strong signal, we had our doubts about the Prime’s future as a navigation aid. Nevertheless, last week we saw an update [...]
Those of you rocking an Asus Transformer Prime, the world’s first nVidia Tegra 3-powered quad-core tablet, will notice an update being available, bumping the build number all the way to 188.8.131.52.
There’s still no official wording on the refresh but according to reports, it is addressing the GPS issues many users experienced. The new GPS software is 6.9.13 and initial reports testify to better GPS functionalitym both indoors and outdoors. There are also some Camera improvements included so if you are yet to receive the update notification you might as well manually [...]