Asus has rolled out a newer version of the latest firmware update for its Eee Pad Transformer Prime. The GPS lock-on has been confirmed as a suspect. Details after the jump!
All Asus Transformer Prime owners have experienced the latest Android tablet, but the GPS lock which made everyone so unlucky. Asus has released the first firmware update last week to improve stability and for the GPS troubles. Today, Asus pushed another over-the-air patch making its way. This update to build 126.96.36.199 purports to “enhance GPS speed” by automatically downloading satellite locations tables over Wi-Fi; other changes include improved touch response and better camera focusing.
Unfortunately, the details for the Asus’s firmware only appeared to be posted on their Germany Facebook page; the support page for the Transformer Prime only has the previous update (188.8.131.52) available.
Asus also announced the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for its Transformer Prime to get on January 12th. In the meanwhile, try the latest firmware update on Transformer Prime to see if the upgrade had fixed GPS lock-on and check the other issues which have been improved.
Firmware 184.108.40.206 downloaded and installed on our Transformer Prime without a hitch, and the camera focus was indeed significantly improved. GPS lock-on was a bit of a mixed bag, though — it locked onto a GPS quicker than our Galaxy Nexus in one test, but in another the Galaxy Nexus locked on to six of eight satellites, while the Prime only managed one or two out of five. Overall, despite continued GPS issues, this firmware update seems to be worth installing.
Update : Already Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime’s latest firmware has been rooted by the XDA-developers. Watch the Video tutorial on how to root the newer version.
Asus tells everyone to relax until they decide what they are going to do about the locked bootloader on the Transformer Prime. Along with the Android 4.0 ICS update on January 12th.