While it may have issues with Wi-Fi and GPS performance, these little niggles aren’t the main reason why many Transformer Prime adopters are unhappy with their new tablet. It also has a locked bootloader, which prevents users from performing their own tweaks and customizations to its Android operating system.
The decision to ship the quad-core slate with a locked bootloader sparked outrage among a large proportion of the Transformer Prime community shortly after its release, and a petition was set up to try and persuade Asus to change its mind. And it certainly did not go unnoticed by the Taiwanese company.
Asus was quick to respond to these complaints, and it issued a statement to say a bootloader unlock would be released. Now a recent message posted to its Twitter feed confirms the tool is coming next month.
It hasn’t given us a specific date, but its message reveals the root tool for the Transformer Prime “should be coming” in February. This will allow users to remove the lock on the device’s bootloader and tweak its system software with third-party customizations.
It’s important to note, however, that removing the bootloader lock will void your warranty, and it will disable Google video rentals. Asus confirmed this in its statement early this month:
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.
Though I’m sure that’s not going to dissuade those who already get a kick out of hacking their devices.
Will you be unlocking your Transformer Prime next month?