Transformer Prime Getting ICS On 12 January

Asus has announced that the much anticipated Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for its hugely well-received Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet will be available to all users worldwide from 12 January.

Not only will users be getting Android 4.0, but the Asus firmware update will also improve the focus of the camera, the fluidity of the touch experience, and the APK capabilities in Android Market. We have already seen the Asus Transformer Prime running Ice Cream Sandwich on video but users will be eagerly looking forward to getting their hands on the update for themselves.

Asus has also reversed its decision to lock the bootloader on the Prime, which effectively would have prevented users from tinkering with the machine and installing different ROMs on the tablet.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Asus has said it realised that the modding community is an important part of its customer base and is therefore working on an unlocking tool for the Prime but has warned that if you do decide to root your device you will be voiding your warranty.

The reason Asus initially chose to lock the bootloader was due to content providers’ requirement for DRM client devices to be as secure as possible. As a result, rooting your Prime will also mean access to Google video rental has been removed.

However if you are unwilling to wait for the official unlock tool from Asus, jcase over on XDA Developers has successfully found an exploit that will get your Asus Transformer Prime rooted with Superuser access.

According to XDA Developers, the root is pretty standard for anyone used to non-one click solution. There’s even a handy informative video of the process to help you out, which you can see below.

Will you be rooting your Transformer Prime? Or will the update to ICS be enough to keep you entertained for now? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Asus (Facebook) and XDA Developers

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