Transformer Prime owners to get a free GPS dongle from Asus

Transformer Prime owners to get a free GPS dongle from Asus
Issues have plagued the Asus Transformer Prime’s GPS functionality since its debut. Asus attempted to release a software update to correct it, only to find many users reporting that the issues just got worse. Ultimately, the heart of the issue lies in the fact that the body of the Transformer Prime is constructed of all metal with no plastic escape panels for antennas.

It looks as though Asus isn’t happy until its customers are happy. A user over at XDA leaked an email conversion between a Transformer Prime owner and an Asus Jr. Technical Product Manager. According to the exchange, Asus is planning on sending GPS dongles out to all registered Asus Transformer Prime users. The current ETA for this initiative is mid April.

The representative described the dongle by saying; “It will look similar to the hinge from the dock. Where it will be a flush fit on the bottom of the unit if held in landscape matching the color of your Prime chassis.”

Shortly after that post, another member chimed in admitting they are one of the people testing the dongle solution. They also pointed out that this was supposed to be a secret until Asus makes an announcement. This user states that the dongle is “very minimalistic and made to look like part of the Prime.” He also warns that testing is still going on and the results of that testing will determine if this will be an approved solution.

To get Transformer Prime owners’ hopes up even more, the folks over at LandOfDroid managed to obtain a screen shot of what looks to be a registration page to receive the dongle.

As long as this solution is acceptable in Asus’ tests and, of course, all of these leaks are true, it shouldn’t be too long until Asus Transformer Prime owners finally get a solution to their GPS woes.

source: XDA via LandOfDroid

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Transformer Prime
  • Display 10.1 inches
    800 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    Other front
  • Hardware NVIDIA Tegra 3, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDHC
  • OS Android 4.0.3



16. chong

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Hi Jonathan, Thanks a lot your suggestion, seen that I had to wait for 3rd generation. when the tab will release.

13. chong

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Hi, I stay at Malaysia and intend to purchase it, but seen that is the GPS issue problem soon I carry on or not. How about WiFi ? Please advice..... Thanks. Simon Chong

14. thelegend6657 unregistered

hi i am Malaysian too . The 1st batch of prime comes with honeycomb and is plagued with wifi and GPS issue . 2nd batch comes with ics GPS wasnt really an issue as I never really use GPS on my tab (wifi only ipads dont have GPS anyways) + new ipad is also plagued with wifi problem

15. thelegend6657 unregistered

i suggest you wait for the 3rd batch which is called TF700 infinity as i comes with a full HD screen and is clocked at 1.6ghz (faster) Jonathan Ng small kampong boy from klang

10. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Not for my country (Asus italy said it)

9. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

BEAVIS: You said DONGLE!! Hee...hee..hee

8. pooked

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 27, 2012

One of the 2 reason i didnt get this tablet :(. such a shame!! really its a shame!

4. fsahin

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

I can't imagine how do they release such high end products without testing!

5. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Rushed to market maybe?

7. imkyle

Posts: 1117; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I'm sure Asus wanted to be the first tablet with the Quad Core processor.. Can't blame them for rushing tho, but the WiFi issue is non excusable.

3. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i'm more interested in something that'll improve it's Wi-Fi signal strength. >>

6. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

no kidding, that's about 1000x more important.

1. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Hmm iPad has no such issue.

2. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

no, it's just the iPhones that have all of the signal issues. ;)

11. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Cause iPad WiFi hasn't the GPS as ALL the Android tablets wifi Only ! Apple means lack for features for more money in their pokets :P

12. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

No. But they will give you external WiFi adapter with new iPad very soon.

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