Asus Transformer Prime Ice Cream Sandwich Update

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ASUS Transformer Prime ICS update:

Are you looking forward to getting the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update on your ASUS tablet?

While Hasbro Sue ASUS over the Transformer Prime names, it is intriguing to see that the tablet is living up to its name by transforming into a shiny new ICS Android tablet PC.

Asus Transformer Prime ICS Update
Asus Transformer Prime ICS Update

The expected roll out will start on the 12th of January and we hope is more trouble free than earlier roll outs of ICS by Samsung.

The update is of course later than expected and this we hope will mean that they have had time to iron out issues that may have presented themselves earlier had they not allowed the extra few months to look back and test things.

ICS for ASUS transformer prime will be OTA:

The update is aimed at improving many areas, with ASUS stating:

“…will improve the focus of the camera, the fluidity of the touch experience, and the APK capabilities in Android Market.”

If you enjoy getting into the modding side of your Android device, you will be pleased to know that there will be a tool announced that will unlock bootloader and aid you in your quest to make your Android device that little bit more personal.

And why have ASUS decided to unlock this feature?

“The reason we chose to lock it is due to content providers’ requirement for DRM client devices to be as secure as possible. Asus supports Google DRM in order to provide users with a high quality video rental experience. Also, based on our experience, users who choose to root their devices risk breaking the system completely. However, we know there is demand in the modding community to have an unlocked bootloader.”

Problems with bootloader:

One thing to note from those guys from the XDA forums is that the method used to encrypt the bootloader is 128 bit encryption which is apparently very tough to crack, and has seen complaints rise on the thread.

A forum member by the name of Wordlywisewiz states rather animatedly:

“This makes it impossible to flash Roms and Kernals which can really unlock the devices full potential ie Overclocking, Flashing Linux Distros, Customizing, Undervolting, Potential of Windows 8 ect. The sky is the limit but it depends on YOU!”

So are you looking forward to getting this update, and will you be (trying) to make the most of the “unlocked bootloader” feature, or simply happy to have Android 4.0 rolling on your new ASUS tablet?

Anthony Munns