BY | March 31, 2012

Asus Transformer Prime firmware update has finally arrived. and experts believe that this update is going to deal with some longstanding issues with the Transformer Prime

Asus’ flagship Android tablet the Transformer Prime is finally getting lots of interesting features with the 9.4.2.21 update. The company has been talking about the firmware update for a while, but it has now realized exciting the Prime owners. Well, the first quad core tablet in the world is to become even more versatile and powerful with the latest version of the firmware from Google. Here we are bringing to you a pick of awesome features that the ICS will add to the Transformer Prime.

It is more like a laptop now: After the firmware update, the Transformer Prime will be more like a laptop. The company has added Ethernet wired LAN to the device, which will let users access the web on the tablet through their office’s Ethernet cable and a USB-to-Ethernet adaptor. Further, like a laptop, the Transformer Prime gets ad hoc network support. Commonly, Android tablets don’t feature ad hoc wireless network by default. In total, mounted on the keypad dock, the new Transformer Prime will be more like a laptop for users now.

Improved HDMI out: It is a time tablet and smartphone owners largely depend on HDMI out to stream content to the HDTVs and other large screens. The firmware update has enhanced the performance of HDMI out. Well, the Prime offers crop and scale options to select between portrait and landscape modes while the device is hooked with a TV or monitor. It is certainly one of tempting features for Prime customers.

Revamped lockscreen: The firmware update adds a revamped lockscreen to the Prime, which features a notification panel. Users can immediately jump to many essential apps from the notification panel. There is no need to unlock the device now and then to run the apps. It is one of features most recent high-end smartphones and tablets show off.

Camera interface tweaked: Asus has also upgraded the camera UI of the Transformer Prime. Capturing image and video is now a far smoother experience on the tablet, which mounts an 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video capture and other features.

Android Market makes way for Google Play: Yes, Android Market is no more. Google has introduced Google Play in replacement of Android Market. Of course, the updated Prime also comes with Google Play like many other tablets and smartphones. Google Play will be a new experience for users in getting books, movies, games, apps and other Android programs from a single place.

What is disappointing?
To the frustration of Asus fanboys, the company has skipped to include the Face Unlock capability to the updated Prime.  The Face Unlock, one of key Ice Cream Sandwich features, is more a like an amusing feature than a security measure. Anyway, Asus has missed to add this feature on its Prime. As well, the company hasn’t introduced enough bug fixes and performance enhancements to the tablet.

What Asus says?
Tech blogs received the clue on the features of the updated Prime from Asus’ Italian Facebook page. Here is the machine-translated version of Asus’ Facebook announcement on the 9.4.2.21 update of Transformer Primer.

“Big news on the horizon for users of Transformer Prime! And ‘in fact an update coming very full-bodied, with version number 9.4.2.21. Here’s what changed: first, it will be possible to control notifications (unread mails, etc …) directly from the screen lock. Some apps will change the system default name: the Market will Play Store, Books become Play Books, Music and Video will become Play Music Play Music.”

Sum-up
The Transformer Prime becomes a leading rival to many of current tablets with the update. Besides the new iPad, the Prime raises challenge to all other upcoming ICS-based devices like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) and others. The Prime with ICS is to make a huge penetration into the market, which looks for more powerful ICS tablets. Indeed, the craze towards quad core processor will give an edge for the Prime over others.

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  • dyrs

    not recieved it yet, (from Gibraltar), n e 1 knows y?