ASUS and NVIDIA were the first to demonstrate Android 4.0 on a tablet and now it appears they will be the first to deliver the update to customers who purchased the Transformer Prime. Today ASUS announced on their Facebook page that the Transformer Prime would receive Android 4.0 via an over the air update starting January 12th.
Other news released today addressed the locked bootloader and GPS issues that some users have been reporting with the Transformer Prime. ASUS said they are developing an unlock tool for the modding community (similar to what HTC did last year) and they expect to release it in the coming months.
As for the GPS issues, ASUS just released a software update (version 126.96.36.199) that enhances the performance, but they admit the Transformer Prime is not a professional GPS device. ASUS said, “To avoid inconveniencing users who demand a powerful GPS device, we made the decision to remove it from our specification sheet and marketing communications.”
The Transformer Prime continues to sold out at most retailers, but normal inventory levels are expected later this month. It’s been about one month since we first unboxed the Transformer Prime and it remains to be my favorite Android tablet. ASUS has already delivered two software updates in the first month and this quick upgrade to Android 4.0 shows their commitment to providing excellent customer support.