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ASUS releases 'bootloader unlock' for Transformer Prime

by Steven Mostyn - Feb 23 2012, 14:47

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Following up on its prior promise, hardware maker ASUSTeK (ASUS) has today released a ‘bootloader unlocking’ tool for its acclaimed Transformer Prime tablet computer.

Available directly through the official ASUS support site and compatible only with Prime tablets running on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), those choosing to download the application will, amongst other things, be able to install custom operating software onto their tablets.

However, ASUS has warned that unlocking the bootloader will instantly void the host device’s warranty, recovering the tablet back to its original locked state will not be possible, and users run the very real risk of lobotomizing their systems if they approach the process without the necessary computer skills.

The tool’s arrival comes after ASUS began rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade to the Transformer Prime back in January, to which members of the modding community voiced their annoyance regarding the bootloader’s 128-bit encryption.

We should see much more from ASUS next week when it begins peddling its latest wares at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. The event kicks of on February 27 and runs until March 1.

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