Following the swirling controversy amongst the Android rooting community, Asus has opted to issue an official statement as to why it chose to lock the Transformer Prime bootloader.
As we reported this morning, there was growing controversy over the locked and encrypted status of the Transformer Prime’s bootloader. A petition had already been started in regards to the matter and the rooting community was calling for an all out social media attack on Asus to get them to change their stance.
In the statement released this afternoon by Asus, it’s unclear if the company explained why it had to go this route, and that a key was on the way for those who wish to root their tablet. It’s unclear if this was always the plan or if this was a reaction due to the outcry of the rooting community, but from the speed of the announcement our bet would be on the former.
What do you think? Is this a good enough solution for the rooting community?
Dear Eee Pad Transformer Prime community,Thank you very much for all of the support you have given to ASUS. Eee Pad Transformer Prime received excellent reviews and great demand when it launched in December 2011. Now, we are continuing to make the Transformer Prime available in the worldwide market, and doing our best to fulfill the incredible demand. ASUS strives to create the best products and provide the best service for our customers, and will be releasing an FOTA update for the Transformer Prime shortly. This update, version 188.8.131.52, will improve the focus of the camera, the fluidity of the touch experience, and the APK capabilities in Android Market.ASUS has been working hard to make the highly anticipated Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich available on the Transformer Prime, and today, we have good news for you. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich FOTA worldwide update for the Transformer Prime will start from Jan 12th, 2012. Thank you for your patience and support through this process.In addition, we would like to address your concerns related to GPS and bootloader on the Transformer Prime.The ASUS Transformer Prime is made from a metallic unibody design, so the material may affect the performance of the GPS when receiving signals from satellites. Please note that this product is not a professional GPS device, and signal performance can be easily influenced by factors including, but not limited to: weather, buildings, and surrounding environments. Please understand there are limitations when using the GPS function. To avoid inconveniencing users who demand a powerful GPS device, we made the decision to remove it from our specification sheet and marketing communications. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.Regarding the bootloader, the reason we chose to lock it is due to content providers’ requirement for DRM client devices to be as secure as possible. ASUS supports Google DRM in order to provide users with a high quality video rental experience. Also, based on our experience, users who choose to root their devices risk breaking the system completely. However, we know there is demand in the modding community to have an unlocked bootloader. Therefore, ASUS is developing an unlock tool for that community. Please do note that if you choose to unlock your device, the ASUS warranty will be void, and Google video rental will also be unavailable because the device will be no long protected by security mechanism.Thank you for all the understanding and support for the ASUS Transformer Prime. Happy New Year!ASUS