ASUS Transformer Prime GPS issues still evident after update

December 30, 2011
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The ASUS Transformer Prime has just started arriving at the doorsteps of those lucky enough to pre-order before Christmas, but already has an evident issue with its GPS capabilities. A thread over at XDA-Developers claims that not only does the GPS have a hard time locking onto satellite signals, but some claim it doesn't work at all. And as a precaution before you try this on your own Transformer Prime - set your device to 'Airplane Mode' (or simply disengage from data) to ensure the GPS can lock your position without the help of WiFi.


Just earlier, we noted that a workaround is to engage your WiFi and hope for a quicker lock, but were also hoping the update would solve things. The ASUS Transformer Prime is no doubt the best tablet on the market, but GPS issues may be a serious deal-breaker for some of the treasure hunters out there. ASUS subtly showed the public they were aware of an issue when removing "GPS" as a core feature from its specifications page. Yet, in the notes of the recently pushed 8.8.3.29 update - they insist that it will improve the stability.

The followers of the earlier mentioned XDA thread now state that even after the update many are seeing the same issues as before. Hopefully, ASUS can pull together a fix for this amazing device. It would be a shame to own the best tablet on the market, but at the same time have such an important feature consistently malfunctioning.

[via The Verge]


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  • Eric

    Samsung must be involved in this………

    • T-rust

      LOL.  fyi… samsung finally get their act together, samsung galaxy S2 T-mobile has the best and the fastest lock for gps. I still remember what happened with Vibrant gps. 

    • T-rust

      LOL.  fyi… samsung finally get their act together, samsung galaxy S2 T-mobile has the best and the fastest lock for gps. I still remember what happened with Vibrant gps. 

  • DUTCH van Atlanta

    GPS has been removed from the Asus Specifications page for the Prime on pretty much all websites around the world.  I wonder if Asus feels that sticking their heads in the sand will make this go away.  I wonder what Google will have to say, since the App Market wants Location (GPS) function on Android devices.

    I’ve cancelled orders for two Primes and one dock until this gets fixed.

  • DUTCH van Atlanta

    GPS has been removed from the Asus Specifications page for the Prime on pretty much all websites around the world.  I wonder if Asus feels that sticking their heads in the sand will make this go away.  I wonder what Google will have to say, since the App Market wants Location (GPS) function on Android devices.

    I’ve cancelled orders for two Primes and one dock until this gets fixed.

  • Mikey from Phoenix AZ

    im not buying one anymore! shame on you ASUS!

  • Bob

    just got mine yesterday. Wifi is weak; GPS is weak (or not functioning at all). Will bring it back to BB tomorrow. It really is a shame for ASUS

  • Rob R.

    :( I was so looking forward to this device.  Now I need to look into alternatives.  

  • Anonymous

    Got mine 1/3/12. Installed firmware update and have had no wifi or gps issues. At home I have Comcast internet and a “g” router which is located on the 2nd floor. At work the router is about 30 ft and 2 walls away. No issues. I’m pleased.