We recently told you that the Asus Transformer Prime had a locked bootloader, which was met with dismay by many owners. Now we can tell you that Asus reveal the Transformer Prime ICS date, and the bootloader lock reasons.
What will be welcome news to many owners of the device, a timetable for the release of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich has been revealed by Asus. According to Electronista it will begin rolling out around the world from January 12th, and will be an over-the-air update. The company hasn’t revealed how quickly the update will take to finish, or if owners can update the device manually.
The company also gave the reasons behind its decision to lock down the tablet PCs bootloader. They said they wanted it in place to support Google’s copy protection, and let the YouTube movie service to work correctly. Asus were also worried that root access may “break the system completely”.
Asus did announce that an unlock tool was on route, but those who use this run the risk of breaking YouTube movies, and voiding the devices warranty. There was no information regarding the availability of the unlock tool though.
This follows a campaign by users of the device who were angry about the lock down. Even though the Transformer Prime is not exclusive to any carriers, it is one of a select few that are locked down. Other tablets such as the Motorola Xoom were released with unlocked bootloaders that allow users to load up their own firmware or apps.
We have already told you earlier today about the 18.104.22.168 update that was released for the device, which promised to fix some of the camera focus issues. Asus again stressed that high GPS performance will be difficult because of the units metal unibody shell.
Are you looking forward to Android 4.0 on your Transformer Prime?