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Transformer Prime locked bootloader confirmed, GPS issues arise

Asus only recently launched their first tablet PC that is powered by the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. The highly sought after device currently runs Android Honeycomb and will shortly be upgraded to Android 4.0. In news that will anger some users we can tell you that the Transformer Prime has a locked bootloader, and GPS issues also arise with the tablet PC.

It has been found by the XDA-Developers that the Transformer Prime has a 128-bit encryption key that will prevent owners from loading their own custom ROMs. The Verge is reporting that many owners of the device have already vented their anger and frustration to the news.

This mirrors the stance that HTC recently took with its devices until a major customer backlash led to a turnaround by the company. It is now hoped that if enough users complain Asus will have a similar change of heart and change tact.

It comes as some owners have been complaining about the GPS service on their Transformer Prime. Android Police are reporting that some users have been hit by signal issues with the device. The Prime is not fitted with a 3G radio but does have built-in GPS, and receives signals from satellites to fix its position.

Asus has responded to an owner who had been in contact with Customer Services about the problem. They stressed that the device was not a dedicated GPS device, and because the unit is made from a metallic material may affect the GPS performance. Asus then give a number of scenarios where GPS performance may be affected such as in a car.

One solution for owners is to turn on the Wi-Fi feature of the device, and it also seems the issue is not affecting all Transformer Prime’s. This could point to a possible manufacturing fault or an issue with the unit’s software. With any new product we often see early teething problems that are normally quickly ironed out with a firmware update.

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Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems

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