ASUS has released an official tool to unlock the bootloader of its Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet-come-netbook, though it comes with a strict warning to would-be tinkerers.
Since its release, the Transformer Prime has had a locked bootloader, which means that those who like to install custom software onto their devices were out of luck. By using the bootloader unlock tool from ASUS, users will now be able to install custom ROMs to their heart’s delight.
Opening the bootloader opens a world of possibilities to hackers, rooters and general tinkerers. You’ll soon be able to install software from other devices (although we’re not sure you’d want to, as ICS is fantastic), customise fonts, widgets and all manner of aspects on the device.
However, before you dive into the world of rooting, heed ASUS’ warning first:
“Once you activate the [unlock app] you will not be able to recover your ASUS product (“Original Product”) back to original locked conditions; the Original Product with the activated App will not be deemed the Original Product; the Revised Product will no longer be covered under the warranty of the Original Product; the software of Revised Product will no longer be deemed the software of the Original Product and can no longer receive ASUS software updates; your purchased digital content may also be affected.
You also acknowledge ASUS does not guarantee service satisfaction to any Revised Product, including events involving paid service requested by you to be performed to the Revised Product.
Furthermore, such repaired Revised Product will not be covered under the warranty of the Original Product; the software of the repaired Revised Product will not be deemed the software of the Original Product and will not receive ASUS software updates.
It is strongly advised that you avoid activating this App unless you fully understand and accept the risks that may arise.”
Strong words there. In short, once you unlock the bootloader you can’t revert back to a stock product. That means the warranty is void, and if your beloved Transformer Prime goes wrong in the next 12 months, you’re out of luck for a free replacement or repair.
If that doesn’t bother you one little jot, you can download the unlock tool from ASUS’ official support site here. Once you’ve selected the OS as Android from the drop-down menu, you’ll find it under the Utilities option.