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Asus Italy: Transformer Prime Update is Build 9.4.2.21 – Includes Face Unlock, Lockscreen Notification Controls, and More

The “awesome” behind the future Transformer Prime update that Asus teased on Facebook yesterday has apparently been outed by Asus Italy. Via their Facebook page, we have the full breakdown, which includes Face Unlock, notification controls from the lockscreen, a new mechanism to allow for easier camera updates, and more. It sounds like a hefty update, but I don’t know how “awesome” that is. Depends on your needs, I guess. 

Here is the full list, translated by Google:

  • Face Unlock
  • Lockscreen notification controls
  • Updates to Google’s “Play” apps (shouldn’t that have already happened?)
  • Asus Vibe to version 2.0 with new interface
  • Support for LAN connections using USB converter
  • Camera no longer needs to be updated separately, will happen with system updates
  • Ad-hoc network connections now supported
  • HDMI-to-TV viewing can be switched from portrait to landscape

The rollout could happen as early as tomorrow aka Thursday aka March 29.

Via:  Facebook, Android Community

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I am ann owner, users and tweaker of this tablet (rooted, over clocked, blah blah)

    There is NOTHING awesome about this update. In fact, it is marginal at best.

  • Eyebolt

    Just did a check for update on my Prime…downloading now.

  • Caioporto

    Update released for USA, but no face unlock.

    • Joshyz73

      Same for me.  Updated an hour or so ago, don’t really notice anything different.  No new options for face unlock, never used Vibe, so I can’t say if that changed.  I can now access the notification panel from the lock screen…

    • Roddykat

      What’s weird is that if you go to settings > apps > all. Face unlock is in there, but no way to access it from security settings

  • akazerotime

    “Ad-hoc network connections now supported”.  Wish my XOOM 4g would do that.  Only in Honeycomb was i able to connect to my work’s wifi.  In ICS it cant because of this.

  • Bob Martin

    What about the OG Transformer? Oh wait who cares because I’m rooted and already have face unlock and many more features.

  • DanKemple

    Asus’ guy on XDA eluded that the awesome was something unrelated to the firmware update. See what happens.

  • MKader17

    Hmmm, I was hoping this wasn’t the big news. This was reported on XDA a couple days ago without mentioning the features and it seemed that the awesome news was not related to the firmware update.

    From XDA:
    “3/20/21012 Update –

    2. We will have a major ICS update (.19) arriving shortly (might be .20 now).
    3. We will have a major announcement on the TF201 in the near future….

    3/22/2012 Update –

    2. The next firmware update is in qualification testing now. We are also working on solving some flickering problems reported by a few users and hopefully that will be addressed in this next release.
    3. The announcements on the TF201 (not being canceled as speculated) will occur as soon as I have a release to do it. 

    3/26/2012 Update
    1. Firmware Update 9.4.2.21 will be released by 3/30 for North America. Updates and fixes galore for the lack of better words.”

    Source: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1537260

    Who am I kidding though. If you think about it, it can’t get much better for a product that is already released to receive this kind of update.

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisCorp ChristopherCorpening

    With all these updates, I am seriously considering buying this Transformer Prime rather than waiting for the TP2 or the Asus Google tablet. 

    • Bigsike

      You won’t regret it….if you can find one that is. It took me forever and the dock was even worse.

    • http://www.lovesicklives.com Curtis Fox

      I bought it and had it for a little while. Not everyone has had problems with the WiFi, but I certainly did. My phone would have full bars of WiFi while the Prime would only have 1 or 0, then it would jump up more. It also seemed that where I would normally place my hands tended to block the WiFi antenna(s) inside. I would consider waiting for the next one for that issue alone.

      • CORYK333

        Seems to be a luck of the draw type thing…..2 of my buddies & my brother have ‘em & out of the 3 only 1 is pretty much bug free. My brother has issues quite similar to u & 1 of my friends has all types of wacky issues. The 3rd one that my other friend won has been pretty much bug free & an overall great device. Im happy with my 8.9 galaxy tab & the newest ipad, but def gonna check out the new ASUS when they drop (loved my Transformer 1, but it had an unfortunate meeting with a bottle of Jager a few months ago at the end of a long nite/early morning

      • Ry D

        I had terrible issues with Wi-Fi as well. I would so much as leave my couch (near router) to lie on my bed (other end of ROOM), and could no longer stream my movies. It made for an awful experience. It’s too bad because aside from that, I loved it.

  • wpscompute

    Yes! How about a little love for the OG Transformer.

  • 10yck

    Any update to the best tablet in the world is great news to me.  I just means my Prime will be more awesome.

  • Jenn Grover

    “Awesome” seems to have been a bit over the top, but I am happy with theses nice updates.

    • hkklife

      Yes, “awesome” to me would have been a 40% boost in benchmark scores or a 20% boost in battery life or huge improvements in GPS and wi-fi reception or news that the TF line will be the exclusive debut Jelly Bean platform. Other than the unnecessory hyperbole, this looks like yet another very nice, well-rounded Asus tablet update.

      I’m curious to see if they will continue making improvements to theTF101 models as well.

  • Ken_P_619

    #faceunlockmeansmywifewillwakemeuptouseitandthatsucks!

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    • teh_Jughead

       You dont need a face to unlock it. after a few seconds it defaults to the pattern/pin unlock.

    • Blah

      #Getyourwifetotakeaphotoofyouandholdituptothecamera

  • CheeseMcGee

    The Ad-hoc and Portrait/Landscape are huge to me – not quite “Awesome”, but getting close.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      you can have ad hoc and have been able to for a month or more. the fix is on XDA by a bad asss dude named Locked N Loaded

  • http://twitter.com/Freestyle270 Nathan O’Donoghue

    Push to OG Transformer, yes?

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