Complaints started mounting against the Transformer Prime's GPS capabilities soon after its launch. Users said — and our own tests confirmed — that the tablet was slow to obtain a positioning lock from its GPS unit. Asus recognized the problem and removed all mention of GPS capabilities from its marketing materials, and it offered several firmware updates to help solve the problem. They didn't work, however, and a teardown of the tablet revealed that poor placement of the GPS chip was affecting performance. Asus has since opened up registrations to owners that will see the company ship free GPS dongles to customers in a program that will end come July 31st, 2012.
Apr 26, 2012
Asus begins shipping free Transformer Prime GPS dongles
Asus has started sending out free GPS dongles to Transformer Prime owners affected by the tablet's location-fixing woes
Apr 16, 2012
Asus opens up registrations for Transformer Prime GPS dongle
Asus has officially opened up its GPS dongle program for the Transformer Prime, and if you own the tablet you can register to have the dongle shipped to you. Unfortunately, the dongle — which plugs into the proprietary docking connector at the bottom of the tablet — is quite larger than we were hoping for and it cannot be used in conjunction with the keyboard accessory.
Apr 7, 2012
Asus confirms Transformer Prime GPS dongle, signups begin April 16th
Asus has confirmed that it will be offering Transformer Prime owners a GPS dongle to fix the tablet's positioning woes. Registration will begin on April 16th, with units shipping "around two weeks" later.
Apr 6, 2012
Asus prepping free dongle to address Transformer Prime GPS woes?
A recent set of emails posted on the xda-developers forums indicate that Asus may be readying a free GPS dongle for owners of the Transformer Prime to address the device's GPS issues.
Jan 19, 2012
Asus Transformer Prime update improves GPS performance?
An update to the Asus Transformer Prime appears to have improved GPS performance, if posts on xda-developers are to be believed.
Jan 9, 2012
Asus Transformer Prime TF700T official with 1920 x 1200 res and new design to improve GPS
Asus is today introducing the TF700T, a new variant of its Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet, whose major upgrade is a move to a 1920 x 1200 resolution.
Jan 4, 2012
Asus Transformer Prime teardown reveals cause of GPS issue
Anandtech has posted a teardown of the Asus Transformer Prime, and given insight into what is causing the GPS issue. The aluminum build of the tablet appears to be at the root of its connectivity issues.
Android 4.0 coming to Asus Transformer Prime on January 12th, bootloader unlock tool to follow
Asus just announced that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to the Eee Pad Transformer Prime starting on January 12th. The company also announced a bootloader unlocking tool in response to complaints and also noted that the GPS lock-on issues plaguing the tablet were due to its metallic body.
Asus pushes out another Transformer Prime firmware update to fix GPS troubles
Another firmware update was released for the Asus Transformer Prime that attempts to fix the documented GPS lock-on issues as well as improving touch response and better camera focusing.
Dec 31, 2011
Asus Transformer Prime users complain about GPS, 126.96.36.199 update doesn't solve issues
Asus has pulled a mention of GPS from its Transformer Prime specifications page, after users at the XDA-developers forum cited issues locking onto satellites with the unit. The Transformer Prime also recently received an OTA update to HTK75.US_epad-188.8.131.52-20111202, but that software doesn't fix the issue.