ASUS Transformer Prime update adds Ethernet and face unlock

March 28, 2012
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Last night we caught wind of an update for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime that, to ASUS' thinking at least, was going to be "awesome". Today the Italian arm of ASUS spilled the beans on the new features, and while "awesome" is a relative term, there are at least a few new features that Transformer Prime owners will be happy to receive. Chief among the additions in the 9.4.2.21 update is support for Ethernet networking, acheived via a USB converter. Ice Cream Sandwich's Face Unlock feature is now fully supported on the Prime's forward-facing camera.

Other small additions include updates to Google's apps to conform with the new Google Play branding, an updated interface for the ASUS Vibe cloud storage pack-in app, and support for ad-hoc wireless networks. The HDMI-out connection has received a considerable overhaul, with the added ability to display in portrait mode. You can also choose between a full-screen upscale or a crop on 1080p television sets or monitors. Lastly, you can control incoming notifications directly from the lockscreen.

ASUS Italy says that the latest update will be here on Thursday for Italian Transformer Prime owners. That being the case, you can expect the update to go out to all territories sometime between today and late Friday. ASUS is usually pretty consistent with its mass-market software updates. Prime owners, if you've just got to have Ethernet, face unlock or an updated icon for the Google Play Store, start checking your settings menu now.

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[via XDA]


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  • Yapis

    nothing here in spain. Waiting… hehehe

  • http://www.facebook.com/svashtar Mitja Čebokli

    Face unlock will go nicely with Teknisions Chameleon – when it is ready. Weee :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/michaelgonzalez2012 Michael Gonzalez

    This device keeps getting better and better :)

  • Zorzeror

    No Face Unlock here in the US after the update this morning, just a lock-able task bar. I was really looking forward to Face Unlock.

  • kappadon

     USB, VGA, Serial and Parallel Ports, in a tablet?,  I know most Geeks are out of touch with us common folks but I’m almost sure these Nerd features have been around forever in something called a LAPTOP.

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  • sunflash101

    I just update my prime and I found that the google apps (youtube, store, and web browser sign in’s) no longer work. It repeated says: No connection. Retry. Is anyone else experiencing this? Also the keyboard is lagging as I type this… :/

  • Jondroot

    No face unlock wtf i feel mislead with these new awesome features!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/wwjoshdew Josh

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYGv-U8n1lc&hd=1&list=PLFA87501087653A16

  • Rubencedillo

    Where do I go to download update????????