Asus has come up with a new update which seems to be a fix for the GPS and camera issues that has been making a dent in the otherwise excellent feedback that the Transformer Prime has had so far. The firmware update available as build number IML74K.US_epad-220.127.116.11-20120117 updates the GPS software version to 6.9.13 while also changing the menu icon in the browser as well as in Gmail. These apart, the browser too seems a lot more smoother and faster in operation.
The update is being pushed OTA though one can also ring it in manually in the usual process of going to Settings –> About Tablet –> System Firmware Update and then taping on the Check for Updates tab.
Meanwhile, in other Transformer Prime news, Asus has offered to buy back the Transformer Prime from any one in the UK who may not be keen to hold on to the device. The text which appears at the ASUS website states: “Any customers who have purchased a Transformer Prime TF201 and are dissatisfied with the performance of the GPS module are advised to return the unit to their point of purchase for a full refund as per standard consumer rights that apply in the UK. Any customers who wish to keep their unit will be offered an extension to the standard ASUS warranty from 12 to 18 months (for any retailers who offer an additional 12 months’ warranty with their purchase, the total warranty period will remain at 2 years).”
The launch of the Transformer Prime had its share of fanfare with the big boast of the Tegra 3 quad-core processor that the tablet has at its heart. It had been hyped to be the most wanted Android tablet last year though with the actual launch came the woes that had not been known to exist. Wi-Fi and GPS performance left a lot to be expected and so are some other associated bugs in the software. However, it is good to see Asus working hard to set things in order with the Transformer Prime though it has to make it swift if it does not wish to loose ground to its competitors.
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