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Asus Attempts to Fix Transformer Prime GPS Issues With Free ‘GPS Extension Kit’

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Despite being a terrific tablet for the most part, the Asus Transformer Prime has had its fair share of issues since its release. One of the most problematic is its inability to find global positioning satellites with its built-in GPS.

Asus has released a number of over-their-air software updates in a bid to resolve the problem in recent months, but it seems that the Taiwanese company is now ready to throw in the towel on software. Instead, it’s offering a hardware fix in the form of a ‘GPS Extension Kit’.

According to Asus, the free dongle “may help improve signal reception and optimize the user experience.” However, its use of the words “may help” doesn’t exactly fill us with much confidence that this is indeed the fix that Transformer Prime owners have been waiting for.

The kit will begin shipping by mid-April, and all you need to do to get your hands on one, according to SlashGear, is register your device on the Asus website. Thankfully, the dongle is said to be nice and small, and will fit flush against the bottom of the unit. It matches the color of the Transformer Prime’s chassis, so once installed, you probably won’t notice it all that much.

It’s certainly not the best solution, but — if it works — it’s better than nothing.

What do you think of the GPS Extension Kit? Will you be registering for one?

[via SlashGear]


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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...


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