Asus Transformer Prime Bootloader LOCKED!


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If you recently purchased the Asus Transformer Prime, and are eager to start loading some custom ROMs on it, grab a Snickers, because it may be a while. Some developers over at XDA have found the bootloader to be locked and encrypted with 128-bit AES Encryption.

What this means to the development community is that only firmware that has been signed by Asus will be able to be installed, that is until the bootloader is unlocked, or a backdoor has been found, like 2nd-Init for some Motorola devices. No overclocking, No Ubuntu, No possibility of Windows 8.

You may be asking, “What can we do about this?”. If you recall a while back, there was an uprising toward HTC for unlocked bootloaders, and it worked, as they now have a tool for unlocking bootloaders for all devices released since September, as well as a few older devices. Below are a few places where you can voice your opinion to Asus.

Sound off on their Facebook Wall
Assault with Tweets
Email Customer Support

And finally, Sign the “Asus: Unlock OUR Bootloader Transformer Prime” Petition

Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think!

Multiple Sources: Rootzwiki, AndroidPolice, Engadget, Gizmodo