The Transformer Prime (or TF201 if you're nasty) had its share of GPS problems when it first came out. So much so that the company began sending out dongles to fix the issue. Well, that didn't prevent a class action lawsuit from being filed and, as a result, ASUS has settled the case. What does that mean for you? Well, if you purchased a TF201 between December 1, 2011 and February 19, 2013 and you didn't get a refund, then you qualify to receive $17 and a free GPS dongle.
Transformer Prime owners, you should see something extra in your digital stocking today. The 10.4.2.18 update is now rolling out (at least in the United States) ready to download and apply for stock users. Unfortunately it's not Android 4.2, but there are a number of small yet useful tweaks to the software. Most notably, errors with the Spanish and Dutch keyboards have been patched, and the Transformer Prime can now connect to Wi-Fi access points with Chinese characters in the SSID.
A quoted text display bug in Gmail, issues with the screen saver function, and improved browser rendering are also on the list, as well as an update to the Polaris Office app included in the stock Transformer Prime 4.1 build.
Late last week, ASUS began pushing Jelly Bean to the Transformer Prime, and it followed up by doing the same for the Infinity this week. That's great for users running stock systems with locked bootloaders, but if you don't fall into that camp, then you get no OTA love from ASUS. Now, though, they have made available the full stock ROMs for both tablets.
The ROMs, which are Android 4.1.1, can be flashed using any custom recovery - simply unzip the download and drop the contents onto your device's storage partition. From there, flash it just like any other ROM.
When ASUS announced the Jelly Bean update for the Transformer Prime in Sweden yesterday, there were two questions that immediately popped up: what about the rest of the world? and when will the Infinity get updated?
We now have answers to both, even if in the simplest of terms: soon.
Update: ASUS rep Gary Key took to the XDA forums to give users a better timeline of when the updates should begin rolling out. According to his post, the OTAs should start hitting within 72 hours. Nice.
ASUS posted today on its Facebook page that the JB update would be coming to the Prime and Infinity and for users to "watch this space." There's no exact word when the updates will begin rolling out, but the last time they publicly teased an OTA, it started rolling out a mere 12 hours later.
The once flagship device of ASUS' Transformer family, the Prime, is now getting its official taste of Jelly Bean in Sweden. This marks the first Android 4.1 OTA to the Prime, coming more than a month after its more affordable cousin, the Transformer Pad 300, saw the update.
ASUS notes on its Swedish Facebook page that this update will kill flash support in the Play Store, but it also lovingly provides a link to Adobe's site, where the player can still be downloaded. Good Guy ASUS!
Otherwise, the OTA will remove Wi-Fi Direct support for whatever reason, so if this is something you use often, you may want to stay on ICS for now.
While most Android fans are clamoring to get their hands on a new Nexus 7, there are still those who prefer the size and feel of a 10" tablet. And for good reason: a 7" tablet is fantastic for reading, surfing the web, and even watching movies, but it's just lacking much-needed screen real estate when it comes to productivity.
Speaking of productivity, who wants a free Transformer Prime with dock? Good, because we have one to give away. Keep reading to find out how to enter.
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A few weeks ago, Handy Apps gave us a couple of Nexus 7s to give away in a promotion for their new app, called Photo Locker.
ASUS just started pushing a nice little update to the Transformer Prime that brings a number of enhancements to the device:
- GPS dongle fix & local notification
- Ethernet UI support to set Ethernet connect policy when screen off
- Add system bar lock settings for showing/hiding system info
- Enable Face Unlock feature
- Support Bluetooth HDP
- Third party app upgrade
- Other bug fixes
Hopefully, this update will also bring the performance boost that the Transformer Pad 300 received with its most recent OTA, but we'll have to see. At the time of writing this the update was not available on my TF201, but we have seen confirmation that it is rolling out to some users.
The Transformer Prime is a nice tablet. The GPS problems it suffers due to its all-aluminum case, however, are not. We've heard that ASUS is planning on alleviating these problems with a GPS dongle, and now we're finally getting a look at it. It's uh...well, it sure is a dongle
According to Land of Droid, this giant, we'll say, wand-looking thing, is the GPS dongle that's going to "fix" the Transformer Prime's GPS issues. Of course, from the looks of it, this dongle creates some problems of its own. For starters, subtle it is not. It's a huge, ugly block on the top of an otherwise gorgeous tablet.
One thing it does bring, however, is something that Prime owners have been missing since the beginning: battery information, so you can finally see what has been chomping away at your precious juice. You can also check notifications without unlocking the device now, which is quite handy.
So, we all know today marks the launch of a certain other popular tablet. But Android Police and NVIDIA are here to give you a chance to win the only cutting-edge tablet with a fully-functioning, battery-packing keyboard dock that allows you to transform your device into an Android-powered laptop, and rocks a quad-core processor (technically, 5 cores!) with a twelve-core GPU. Of course, we're talking about the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime.
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