transformer prime Asus promises Android 4.0 for Transformer Prime from next week

For those lucky few that has managed to get their hands on an Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime the company has announced that it will start rolling out Android 4.0 also known as Ice Cream Sandwich beginning on the 12th of January. On top of that, the company is working on a solution that will allow users to unlock the bootloader, with one small caveat.

For those lucky few that has managed to get their hands on an Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime the company has announced that it will start rolling out Android 4.0 also known as Ice Cream Sandwich beginning on the 12th of January. On top of that, the company is working on a solution that will allow users to unlock the bootloader, with one small caveat.

The details were posted on Asus' Facebook page and contain some confusion as it mentions an over the air update with a version number of 8.8.3.33 which will apparently improve the auto focusing of the camera, the fluidity of the touch experience and the APK capabilities in the Android market. Then it goes on to talk about the Android 4.0 upgrade which is also an over the air update, but it's not clear if this contains the aforementioned fixes or not, or if that's a separate update for those not wishing to move on to Android 4.0 as yet.

The post also contains a disclaimer about the GPS and the fact that it's not as good as people expected it to be. Asus is making some excuse about the metal chassis of the tablet blocking the signal as well as the usual excuses as to why you wouldn't get a good GPS signal. Either which way it appears that the company has removed the GPS from the spec and it's now a feature that is included but may not work to everyone's satisfaction. Odd to say the least.

As for the bootloader and the complaints about Asus locking it down, Asus is making some fairly lame excuse about Google DRM, yet Google's own phones aren't locked down as tightly as the Transformer Prime. Asus is also claiming that bricking is one of the reasons why Asus decided to lock down the Transformer Prime, but anyone that has tried to flash a recent Android device knows that it's relatively hard to brick it. Even so, Asus will apparently be offering a tool that unlocks the bootloader, but this means that you can no longer watch Google video rentals and other similar DRM'ed content on your tablet. Not a big loss in our opinion, but it might be for some.

Source: Asus' Facebook page