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Transformer Prime customers can sign up to get a GPS dongle from ASUS

The ASUS Transformer Prime launched with great fanfare in the tech community late last year. The quad-core tablet was praised for its excellent performance, svelte looks, and its Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system. However, the Transformer Prime launch was marred by numerous software bugs (most of these were eventually ironed out over the following months via updates).
 
One "bug" that couldn't be simply fixed with a software update pertained to the device's GPS functionality. Many users complained about spotty GPS reception or the inability to get a GPS signal lock at all. AnandTech’s testing showed that GPS performance was inferior to the original Transformer.
 
ASUS eventually acknowledged the GPS reception problems and removed the feature from the specs sheet for the Transformer Prime.

 
Now, ASUS is looking to make things right for customers that already purchased (and didn’t return) a Transformer Prime afflicted by GPS woes. According to AllThingsD, existing Transformer Prime customers will be able to register through ASUS' website on April 16 to receive a GPS dongle that plugs directly into the tablet. Customers can expect to wait about two weeks to receive their dongle after registering.
 
We don't have any idea how large the dongle will be, but it no doubt will mar the looks of ASUS' tastefully designed tablet -- this is the price that ASUS and its customers have to pay for the aluminum enclosure.
 
However, ASUS isn’t the only company to have reception issues with aluminum enclosures. Even though the third generation iPad routes its antenna near the external speaker holes on its casing to improve Wi-Fi reception, some users are reporting problems with connectivity.

Source: AllThingsD



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By Treknologist on 4/9/2012 9:17:48 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not surprised that you got that answer. As it it says on this email, no official statement has been made about this. This is based on an email a tech support person sent a customer. This person posted the email on XDA. Gary, the official ASUS representative on XDA, did say that the cat was out of the bag, however, and that an official statement would be released when he was permitted. You can follow that here:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1...

Insofar as the look of the dongle, it is said to sit flush with the bottom of the Prime making it look like part of the original device. So, making assumptions of how "ugly" the Prime is going to look with this dongle is premature.


By Treknologist on 4/9/2012 11:44:04 AM , Rating: 2
Here's today's update from Gary as posted on XDA:
4/9/2012 Update -

I am in California this week to meet with Google, NVIDIA and others on current software packages and upcoming products so there will be some delays in messages. As for the GPS Dongle program on the TF201, we will make an official announcement (program details and registration) next week.


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