Asus has today released the latest firmware update (v.21) for owners of the Transformer Prime, which promises an increase in overall stability along with a host of bug fixes for specific issues such as frequent browser crashes. In addition, the update also enables Prime owners to use Wi-Fi direct on their devices.
While the update is undoubtedly a welcome step towards a more stable OS, many Prime owners are still waiting with baited breath for news of an imminent “major” announcement from Asus on the Transformer Prime.
Members of the XDA developers forum were recently promised a “major” announcement from an ASUS representative in the US who occasionally contributes to the forum. Although this has yet to materialise, speculation on exactly what it might contain has been rife, with many owners waiting to see if it will address a number of well-documented hardware issues that can't be fixed by firmware updates alone.
Despite overwhelmingly positive reviews in the specialist technology press, it’s no secret that the Prime has suffered from widespread (or at least highly vocal) negative feedback from some early adopters. Many owners of the £480 tablet have reported a number of performance issues, including poor Wi-Fi range, severe drops in throughput when Wi-Fi/Bluetooth are used simultaneously, along with non-existent GPS. Asus has since withdrawn GPS from the Prime’s specs but the other issues continue to be a source of contention.
Naturally enough some forum members are also hoping for the moon on a stick - with everything from a universal backplate replacement scheme, to the handing out of free discount vouchers for the Transformer Pad Infinity for early Prime adopters being mooted. Both seem unlikely outcomes in our opinion, although we have to admit that we’re following developments with a keen eye.
In the meantime, Prime users can download the latest firmware update and hopefully enjoy a more stable device (not that we've found ours to be particularly unstable if truth be told, save for the occasional browser crash). We’ll have more details on the ‘big announcement’ just as soon as it comes through of course, but meanwhile we’d be interested to hear what any other Transformer Prime owners are hoping to see in the comments section below.