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ASUS opens registration for Transformer Prime GPS dongle

If you're an owner of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, listen up: you're automatically eligible for a free GPS dongle to alleviate some less-than-stellar satellite reception. ASUS has just opened their registration page with instructions on the four-step process to claim your free hardware. The GPS dongle (which ASUS is calling the "external GPS extension kit") fits into the Transformer Prime's docking port and comes in a dark or light color to match your tablet.

ASUS Transformer Prime GPS dongle pictured

We're going to need need a bigger dock. After months of complaints of low GPS reception on ASUS' flagship Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet, the company has committed to sending out free GPS dongles for affected customers. Land of Droid managed to grab a photo of the purported dongle, and, well... it's more of an antenna. And assuming that this is indeed the final hardware, it's very, very big. From the fuzzy pictures provided it looks like the dongle  is about the same size as the locking mechanism on the Transformer Prime's keyboard dock.

ASUS confirms GPS dongles for Transformer Prime owners

Yesterday we posted scattered reports coming from members of ASUS' official support forums, indicating that the company was planning on releasing free GPS dongles called the "GPS Extension Kit" to combat the tablet's well-documented lack of signal. Now ASUS itself has told AllThingsD that indeed the program will go forward, with signups for the free extension beginning on April 16th (two Mondays from now). All owners of the Transformer Prime should be eligible for the free GPS dongle.

ASUS offers free GPS dongle for Transformer Prime owners

While a pretty awesome tablet in its own right, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime has been plagued with reception issues since its release, most notably in the WiFi and GPS department. It looks like ASUS has finally found a solution to the GPS issues, at least, which are speculatively due to the tablet's all-metal chassis. Since radio waves can only be improved so much by software, they've gone the hardware route, and are planning on providing an external GPS dongle that plugs into the Transformer Prime's docking port.

Asus responds to Transformer Prime GPS and bootloader issues: deal with it

There's been a lot of negative feedback from early adopters of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, first over some poor GPS performance, then over a bootloader locked with 128-bit encryption. While the former is probably a hardware issue, the latter is a software decision that's keeping paying customers from taking advantage of the Transformer PRime's hardware with custom kernels and ROMs. Notebook Italia reports that the Asus Italy has responded to customer outcry. The response is not likely to make many users happy.

ASUS Transformer Prime update brings camera, GPS fixes

The all powerful ASUS Transformer Prime quad-core tablet that seems to be sold out just about everywhere these days is apparently getting a little over the air (OTA) software update today that should make a few users plenty happy. One important note is fixes for GPS, although the bootloader is another story.

ASUS Transformer Prime GPS issues still evident after update

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.

Transformer Prime GPS issues arise, activate WiFi to fix

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer prime is currently king of the hill as far as Android tablets go, but that doesn't mean it's perfect. As we've seen with other high-profile devices, a single critical failure can sound a sour note for an otherwise great piece of tech. For the Transformer Prime, that sour note appears to be the GPS radio, according to a growing thread over at XDA Developers. Users are reporting extremely poor GPS performance when not connected to wireless networks.

TeleNav announces web-based HTML 5 navigation service

Today the popular location-based service provider TeleNav has announced an HTML 5 browser-based navigation service for mobile devices. They've been a popular and widely used 3rd party navigation tool on Android for a long time and now their entire suite of location-based services are about to get even better, and easier to access.
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