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ASUS Qube with Google TV visits FCC

Google launched Google TV back in 2010, but the platform has not gained the popularity it was expected to. For those who aren’t aware of the platform, Google TV is a Smart TV platform from Google co-developed by Intel, Sony and Logitech. Google TV integrates Google’s Android operating system and the Linux version of Google Chrome browser to create an interactive television overlay on top of existing Internet television and WebTV sites to add a 10-foot user interface.

Google TV looks like a sinking ship to me, but there is no denying of the fact that it has the potential and can become popular if manufacturers support it the right way. The platform is still in its infancy and there is a lot of room for development. Even Android started in similar way, though manufacturers were much more interested in the operating system than they are now in Google TV. ASUS has a crucial role in the Android ecosystem. The company was responsible for the awesome Nexus 7 tablet device that was brought to the market with a modest price tag, thanks to Google. Despite its crucial role, ASUS hasn’t taken a plunge into Google TV so far, until now.

FCC has always been a very good and accurate source for getting to know about new devices that haven’t been launched in the market, and the new hardware which has paid a visit to the FCC this time around comes with a label “Qube with Google TV Dongle”. Given the label, there is no room for mystery on what the intended use is for this component.

It says Google TV Dongle, and looking at the size of the hardware, it seems to be a dongle which would connect to the TV via the HDMI port and turn the existing dumb TV into a smart TV in few seconds. It’s a great news that ASUS is finally coming up with a Google TV product, but the way it is implementing it and intends to bring it to the market is impressive because rather than building a full media hub, ASUS appears to be planning to manufacture a Roku like dongle that would implant Google TV on host device. Several sources are reporting the device to be working via USB, but that doesn’t make sense and it connecting to the host TV via the HDMI port is more meaningful. There is no detailed information about the device, but seems like it will be using RF-based keyboard and touchpad for its main input.

There are some information about the device on the Play Store. An app called O!Mobile Control Center has been listed on Play Store and it has apparently been developed by ASUS and available for Android devices running Android 2.1 or higher. The app suggests that ASUS may be using the Marvell Armada processor to power up the dongle, which incidentally also powers Google TV boxes and the app should be able to offer more control than Google’s official remote app. What are your thoughts on this?

Source: Engadget

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ASUS Qube appears at the FCC

ASUS Qube

An ASUS built wireless device has appeared at the FCC, and it's got the words Google TV all over it. The official FCC docs have it listed as the Qube WITH Google TV Dongle (opposed to the Qube WITHOUT Google TV Dongle I suppose) and show a device with no CPU or GPU, but wireless connectivity. It's pretty clear that this will plug into a TV or monitor and provide a wireless attachment point for another device.

Speculation around the Internet this evening covers everything from the Nexus Q revamp to an ASUS branded Google TV device, but that fact is we really don't know what this will turn out to be. If I had to take a guess (and I reckon I had better) I'd say this just might turn out to be a Miracast dongle that connects any number of devices to a big screen — including a yet to be released ASUS Google TV product. as the O!Mobile Remote app in Google Play suggests.We'll know more soon, hopefully. 

Source: FCC; via Engadget

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Triggertrap fires up an Android app, new dongle for remote photography

Triggertrap

Attention all photo buffs and Android fans: You now have a new option for remote shooting. Triggertrap just released the second version of its mobile dongle (appropriately called the Triggertrap Mobile Dongle v2), with an Android application to to with it.

The dongle's been redesigned, and it's now smaller, faster and supports more cameras. It'll run you $29.99, which isn't bad at all. The Android application costs another $4.99 on top of that — again, perfectly reasonable. With the app, you get eight options for remote shooting:

  • Cable release
  • Time lapse
  • Bulb ramping timelapse
  • Eased time lapse
  • Distance lapse
  • Star trail mode
  • Long exposure HDR
  • Long exposure HDR time lapse

The app is available now in Google Play.

More: Trigger Trap; Mobile Dongle v2

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For $50 You can Have Android on any TV, Thanks to iPPea TV Dongle

Android is currently the most popular operating system, and it is just getting better.  Today, Android is going everywhere, and you can even have it on your TV just by buying a dongle worth 50 bucks!  The latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich is from iPPea, a simple dongle which you can plug into any HDMI-enabled TV to get the full ICS experience as you would on a smartphone or a tablet.

This small dongle is a fully functioning Android super microcomputer which enables a user connect to the cloud and access a wide range of services online, websites and applications as well as enjoy a high quality entertainment experience.  According to iPPea CEO Amanda Senkowski, the iPPea TV dongle uses the MIPS based Ingenic processor which is perfect for providing all the benefits of an industry-standard architecture including a wide range of ecosystem friendly software and tools.  Because of its in-built power efficiency, the iPPea TV dongle can be powered on a standard USB port such as those on DTVs.  Unlike other Android dongles we have seen in the market of late, the iPPea dongle does not need a heat sink and can be plugged on the TV and forgotten about.

Core Specs and Features

Hardware specifications:

  • mirco USB 2.0 port (OTG) ;
  • Built-in Nand 2G memory;
  • LED indicate operation;
  • HDMI plug direct connect LCD/LED HDTV
  • TF Card Reader support 32G memory
  • Power jack with USB cable for power supply;
  • Standard USB 2.0 ports
  • MIPS Jz4770 1.2G
  • Built-in Reset Hot Key
  • Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bundle with 3D Air Key Mouse;

 

Feature support:

  • Android 4.03 OS;
  • Support Video format: AVI,MKV(XVID/px/H.264),MOV,TS,M2TS, RM/RMVB,FLV,3GP,MPEG,DAT,MP4
  • Supported picture format: GIF, BMP, JPEG, PNG
  • Supported txt format: PDF,EPUB,HTML,TXT
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • System Recovery setting
  • Support Audio format: AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, QCP, MP3, WMA, WAV, MIDI, M4A

These dongles are now available for pre-order and shipping is expected to start at the end of this month.  In the packaging, buyers should expect to have a USB power cable and a Micro USB to USB cable.  The dongle is available in white or black.  There are additional optional accessories as well including a 3D gyro wireless key mouse available for an additional $22, a USB RJ45 LAN adaptor for an extra $12, a 360-degree HDMI connector for an extra $8 and an HDMI extension cable for an extra $8.

Here is the full press release from iPPea.

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ASUS Pushes Out Firmware Update to the Transformer Prime, Brings Face Unlock and GPS Dongle Icon

If you own a Transformer Prime and haven’t fired it up yet to day, you may be pleased to know that ASUS has pushed out the .28 firmware update bringing a few goodies with it. Not only do you get the usual bug fixes and general improvements, you will also get the fancy ICS Face Unlock feature and an added icon that shows when you have the GPS dongle attached.

The changelog reads as follows:

  • GPS dongle fix & local notification
  • Ethernet UI support to set Ethernet connect policy when screen off
  • Add system bar lock settings for showing/hiding system info
  • Enable Face Unlock feature
  • Support Bluetooth HDP
  • Third party app upgrade
  • Other bug fixes

ASUS is pretty good with their updates so this is something you should definitely apply if you are running the stock ROM on your Prime. To manually apply the update, head into Settings > About Tablet > System Firmware Update > Check Update. For those in the custom ROM world, Androwookie has implemented the update already and you can expect the others to follow suit.

source: Facebook

 


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AllShare Cast wireless streaming dongle for Samsung Galaxy S III — hands-on (video)

AllShare Cast wireless streaming dongle for Samsung Galaxy S III -- hands-on

If you’re looking to pair up a brand new GS III with a bigger screen, but you’re not yet part of the Smart TV generation, then this little accessory could get you out of a fix. It’s palm-sized with a single blue LED light indicating a connection, but honestly you don’t ever need to look at it: it doesn’t need line-of-sight to your handset because it uses a wireless protocol called WiFi Display, which means you can happily leave it dangling out of the way behind your TV. The unit has two cables: one for power and the other for the HDMI connection to your TV, which can transmit up to 1080p video and audio. As you’ll see in the hands-on video after the break, it works for direct mirroring, so you can watch movies, play games or reel off holiday slideshows. But it also has a more enterprise-focused feature, in the form of a slideshow function in cahoots with the Polaris Office app, which means you can use your GS III as a controller for a presentation. It’s a simple idea, but it all seemed to work smoothly and we can imagine it coming in pretty handy.

Continue reading AllShare Cast wireless streaming dongle for Samsung Galaxy S III — hands-on (video)

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ASUS Transformer Prime GPS dongles shipping now

Last week ASUS opened up a registration page for owners of the Eee Pad Transformer Pad who were dissatisfied with the all-metal tablet’s GPS reception, promising to send them an external GPS dongle to fix the issue. The first of those dongles (or as ASUS calls them, the “TF201 GPS Extension Kit”) are now reaching owners’ homes. If you havent’s ordered one, you can register your Transformer Prime and apply for a free dongle at the ASUS support site.

While we’re sure that the GPS dongle works, it’s certainly not an ideal solution. The plastic device plugs into the main docking port (blocking both charging and the keyboard dock) and affecting the Prime’s svelte profile in a less than aesthetically pleasing way. The problems with GPS reception, and WiFi to a lesser extent, come from the all-aluminum chassis of the Prime, something that ASUS rectified with the new Transformer Pad 300 model.

If you haven’t ordered your free dongle yet, you might want to hurry – presumably there’s a limited supply of them, and ASUS will stop receiving applications on July 31st. Based on initial user feedback, the free shipping takes about a week. Even if you don’t use the Transformer Prime’s GPS function, you might want it anyway. And as unsightly as the plastic extension is, it’s better than hearing “you’re holding it wrong.”

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Transformer Prime
    Manufactuer : Asus
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : November 09, 2011
    Release Date : December 19, 2011
    Also Known As : Transformer 2

Display

  • Screen Size : 10.10 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280×800
  • Screen Type : IPS+
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 10.35 Inch
  • Width : 7.12 Inch
  • Depth : .33 Inch
  • Weight : 586 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Polymer
  • Battery Capacity : 6579 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • MP3
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)

Hardware

    CPU : Tegra 3
    CPU Clock Speed : 1400 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 64 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

[via Droid-Life]


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ASUS Transformer Prime GPS dongles begin arriving at doorsteps

ASUS was under much fire when they released their ASUS Transformer Prime Android tablet with GPS. While it appeared they would first brush the issue under the rug as the issues weren’t software related and could only be fixed using hardware, they came through and did what very little might do. They offered free GPS dongles to strengthen the signal and provide accurate GPS performance.

While ugly and inconvenient (the dongle covers the charging port), it’s probably the least they could do without going through an expensive and problematic device recall. Check and see if yours has arrived. There’s no clear way to sign up to order one of the dongles outside of an invitation to order one via email, so keep checking your inbox for one. [via Droid-Life]


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Transformer Prime GPS Dongles Begin Arriving at Doorsteps

Transformer Prime owners who have registered with Asus to receive a free GPS dongle are beginning to see the packages arrive at their doorsteps today. The dongle itself has been reported to fix the GPS locating issues that have plagued the Prime tablet, but some would say that the added accessory is quite the eye sore. Prime owners, have [...]

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Nikon to Release Dongle for Wireless Control of Your DSLR by Android Devices

Coming late May, Nikon is to release the new WU-1a adapter to add transfer support and remote control ability for Android devices and your DSLR. With the dongle, you can easily snap a photo with your powerful lens, then transfer the image wirelessly to your smartphone for easy uploading to Facebook or Instagram. While that notion could [...]

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[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 6: I Was Hoping For The Crap Box

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Welcome back to the Android Police Podcast, the only official semi-official audio source for all things Android. This week, we’re talking about Samsung’s trademarking addiction, Read It Later (Pocket), and dongles. Your favorite hosts Matthew Smith, Cameron Summerson, Bob Severns and myself are flying solo this week, but we’ll have Eric Ravenscraft back on the show for the next episode.

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Registration for Transformer Prime GPS dongle now open

Still suffering from spotty or non-existent GPS signal on your beloved Transformer Prime? Already heard the news that Asus is set to offer a GPS dongle to resolve the issue? Well time to get registering folks as the website is now live.

Those of you holding out for a software fix will unfortunately be disappointed as it appears that the rather unsightly dongle is your only hope. The dongle plugs into the proprietary port which in turn means you won’t be able to use it whilst charging or in conjunction with the laptop dock. Quite the sacrifice to make for an accurate GPS lock.

Naturally the dongle will be absolutely free providing you register before the 31st of July 2012. There’s no word on when you should expect to receive the unit once ordered nor is there any clarification as to what happens beyond the cut off date. Still, it’s refreshing to see Asus is dedicated to providing a solution to the messy situation.

Click the link below to register for your dongle.

So what’s the verdict owners of the Transformer Prime, are you happy with this solution? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

source : Asus


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Asus Transformer Prime GPS dongle freebie extends to the UK

The awful fuss about the Transformer Prime Android tablet continues to cause trouble for Asus, which has been pressured into offering a free external GPS dongle to buyers, designed to keep early adopters who weren’t happy about the unit’s GPS performance on side.

In short, you can get a free thing if you own a Transformer TF201. Here’s Asus on why:

Although the Transformer Prime is not a professional GPS device, as part of our unwavering commitment to customers we are offering all Transformer Prime owners a free external GPS extension kit, called a dongle, which may help improve signal reception and optimize the user experience. We are pleased to announce this offer as part of our commitment to customer service, but it does not replace, alter or amend any existing warranties you may have.

For more detailed information about this offer, please click on the link below. We also encourage you to contact Asus UK’s customer support hotline directly if you are experiencing GPS related problems.

http://event.asus.com/ASUSPad/TF201GPS/

You have until July 31st to accept the offer of your free dongle, if you’re a Transformer Prime owner.

asus tf201 dongle

That’s it, below right, a quite ridiculous lump of plastic that sits over the back of the unit and ruins the TF201′s slimline curves. Poor old Asus. It’s taken quite a battering over the Transformer Prime. Anyone would think it had been causing deaths it’s had so much stick.

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GPS Dongle for your ASUS Transformer Prime now Available

Gotta hand it to ASUS. No matter what the issue is with their products, they seem to always find a solution that works for their customers. Be it a timely software update to solve issues or a hardware add-on, they make it happen. One of the more constant complaints for many Transformer Prime owners was the lack of a stable GPS connection. After figuring out what caused it, it was determined to be a hardware issue and not something they could solve via a software update. Instead of just ignoring the issue and the complaints, ASUS did something about it. They created a snazzy dongle for your device that any Prime owner can obtain free of charge.

While some may think that this is not the most optimal solution, it is the best one available. After seeing a few images of the dongle, I was happy to see how they designed it. It still isn’t the prettiest of additions, but for those of you that rely on a stable GPS connection in your life, it is now available.

To get your hands on the item, you will want to head to ASUS Extension Application page. Fill out all the pertinent information and you should be good to go. Maybe the next tablet edition will have a slightly better design that won’t require hardware additions.

Source: ASUS via AndroidPolice 

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[Update x2: It's Live] ASUS To Provide Transformer Prime Owners With Free GPS Dongle, New Prime Builds To Have Improved WiFi Performance

Update: You can now register to get your free dongle. More info can be found here. Below, you’ll find a look at what this massive accessory looks like. Yep, just like the leak.

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The ASUS Transformer Prime is the hottest Android tablet on store shelves right now, and for good reason; it’s thin, fast, powerful, and well-featured. But there’s one shortcoming that ruffled a lot of feathers: very poor GPS performance. The company acknowledged the issue and rolled out numerous OTA updates to the device in hopes that a software patch would fix the issue, but to no avail.

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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.

In order to claim your dongle, you’ll need to log in or register for the ASUS VIP support site. From there you register your Transformer Prime (you know, that tedious process that none of us actually do) and click the “GPS Extension Kit Apply & Inquire” link. Enter your tablet’s serial number and your delivery address and you should be good to go. ASUS doesn’t say how long it’ll take to get there, but since shipping is presumably free it could be a week or two. If you want the free GPS dongle, hurry it up: the offer’s only valid through July 31st.

We saw a sneak peek of the dongle earlier this morning, and to be honest… it doesn’t look good. T’s bulky, plastic, and generally ruins the Prime’s premium aesthetic. It also won’t allow you to use the dongle and a charger or keyboard dock at the same time. But all things considered we’re glad that ASUS is offering them, and even more glad that they’re doing it for free. After all, it’s better than being told that “you’re holding it wrong”. Future Transformer models like the Transformer Pad 300 shouldn’t supper from the GPS reception issue.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Transformer Prime
    Manufactuer : Asus
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : November 09, 2011
    Release Date : December 19, 2011
    Also Known As : Transformer 2

Display

  • Screen Size : 10.10 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280×800
  • Screen Type : IPS+
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 10.35 Inch
  • Width : 7.12 Inch
  • Depth : .33 Inch
  • Weight : 586 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Polymer
  • Battery Capacity : 6579 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • MP3
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)

Hardware

    CPU : Tegra 3
    CPU Clock Speed : 1400 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 64 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


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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.

The dongle itself is pretty simple: it uses the proprietary port on the bottom of the Transformer Prime for communication, and reportedly improves the tablet’s GPS reception by an appreciable portion. (It better, right?) A couple of tabs and a locking mechanism are the only other additions. Technically the dongle does match the color of the tablet, and will presumably be matched to the registered color from applicants, but the dongle’s made of plastic that contrasts poorly with the Transformer Prime’s metal chassis.

Ergonomics seem to be something of an issue – the photos show the user holding the tablet “upside down”, probably to avoid the uneven feel of the dongle fitting into the bottom. But since Android tablets are designed to be used in any orientation, this isn’t a huge problem. Charging and docking are more of a concern: with no pass-through connector to be found, users will have to remove the dongle each time they want to charge it or use an accessory. Obviously cases will be an issue as well.

Invitations to order the free dongle are being sent out today to those who have registered their tablets with ASUS. Head over to the ASUS VIP registration page if you haven’t done so already. While this situation is certainly frustrating, it’s good to see that ASUS is doing right by its customers – no on’es being told that they’re holding it wrong, after all. Future versions of the Transformer hardware, like the all-plastic Transformer Pad 300, shouldn’t suffer from the same low GPS and WiFi signals.

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Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Transformer Prime
    Manufactuer : Asus
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : November 09, 2011
    Release Date : December 19, 2011
    Also Known As : Transformer 2

Display

  • Screen Size : 10.10 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280×800
  • Screen Type : IPS+
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 10.35 Inch
  • Width : 7.12 Inch
  • Depth : .33 Inch
  • Weight : 586 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Polymer
  • Battery Capacity : 6579 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • MP3
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)

Hardware

    CPU : Tegra 3
    CPU Clock Speed : 1400 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 64 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


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Transformer Prime GPS dongle pictured

Dongle may have been a bit of an understatement when describing the hardware add-on ASUS will provide to Transformer Prime owners to correct GPS issues that have plagued the tablet since its launch. The long signal-enhancing bar will lock into the Prime’s docking port using ASUS’ proprietary 40 pin connector. The downside here is that the GPS dongle cannot be used concurrently with the keyboard dock or while charging the tablet.

The dongle will be available free of charge to Transformer Prime owners starting this week. Support for the hardware was silently pushed in a recent update to the slate.

[via LandofDroid]


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Transformer Prime GPS Dongle Pictured, Invites to Order One Sent Out

The Asus Transformer Prime, by all accounts, is still the best Android tablet on the market (our review). It boasts a quad-core processor, amazing screen, great build materials, the top tablet camera around, and docking abilities that would make any tech device jealous. Unfortunately for some that wish to use it as a massive navigation [...]

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Transformer Prime’s GPS fix turns out to be less of a dongle, more of a growth

ASUS Transformer Prime GPS

It's time to ask yourself a question: How badly do you need an official solution to the ASUS Transformer Prime's GPS woes? Landofdroid has snagged some pics of what they say will be the official fix — a GPS add-on that connects to the Android tablet's data port and sure as hell shouldn't be considered a "dongle" by any definition. That, friends, is a wart. A growth. A malformation of epic proportions. On the other hand, if it actually fixes GPS, then it's a good thing. (At the very least it's increased the Prime's radar reflectivity by an order of magnitude.)

If upsetting the otherwise sleek lines of the Transformer Prime is just too much to ask, there's always that unofficial software tweak that also seems to be getting the job done.

 

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Asus confirms provision of GPS dongles to Transformer Prime users

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If your Asus Transformer Prime tablet is one of those affected by the GPS issues, we’ve got some good news for you: Asus has confirmed to AllThingsD that they will be providing users with GPS dongles to alleviate the issue.

More details on the program will come in on April 16th, when the manufacturer will open up a sign-up page. Whether or not the dongle will be free is still doubtful, but I’d be surprised if they charge for it considering the poor reception the tablet got because of this issue.

Where will it fit? Some xda-developers commenters have mentioned it’ll attach to the proprietary dock connector, and is minimalist in design.

[AllThingsD via The Verge]


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ASUS Set To Further Address GPS Issues With An Upcoming GPS Dongle

 

Ah yes the ASUS Transformer Prime. The tablet is easily one of the best available, but sadly was plagued with some minor GPS issues and subpar performance. ASUS did make everything good by releasing a much-needed software update, but ASUS is trying to take yet another step to show that it’s a force to be reckoned with in the Android world. It seems that ASUS has been in direct communication with XDA and has stated it:

“Will be releasing a dongle shortly that will address the GPS function and be a fully usable GPS that will lock onto many satellites and keep their lock with wi-fi active”.

Oh and ASUS has pledged this GPS dongle will be ”provided for free” by mid-April. ASUS Transformer owners are certainly a lucky bunch. It almost wants to make you trade up and get a TF Prime just for the cool dongle, doesn’t it? We’re all on the lookout for that dongle ASUS.

source: XDA
via: pocketnow


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ASUS to provide GPS dongle to Transformer Prime owners, free of charge of Course

The ASUS Transformer Prime is one of the best Android based tablets you can pick up. ASUS makes a great product, continuously provides updates and keeps customer in the loop. Which is more than we can say about many manufacturers out there. Their tablets aren’t ridiculously priced, *cough* Motorola *cough* and aren’t tied to a network makes them a hot item to have. When a manufacturer releases an update we expect it to work, if it doesn’t, we expect them to fix it in a timely manner. No one out there can argue that ASUS leaves customers hanging with a busted tablet. They just don’t do that. That is why no matter what issues you might have at the moment, you will still recommend an ASUS Transformer, which ever model, to anyone you know. One constant issue plagues many users that can’t be resolved with a software update, that is GPS.

While I can understand the reasons behind why GPS is important to users, I can’t fathom why it is a big issue to have on your tablet. Personally, that is what my phone is for, my tablet is for browsing, movies, media and other things geared towards a larger screen. That doesn’t mean it isn’t something that many users want to work, after all the tablet is advertised as having GPS available. Unfortunately the GPS receiver just isn’t working out so well inside the aluminum body of the Prime. To combat that issue, ASUS is creating a GSP dongle that will plug into your Prime externally to give you the GPS you so desire. This might not be the ideal solution to your ongoing issue, but it is a solution that can work.

According to XDA member demandarin, the dongle is in the hands of testers already and it is ”very cool though… very minimalistic and made to look like part of the Prime.” That is a good thing. I don’t see ASUS offering an add-on that is cumbersome to an ultra thin portable tablet. One would expect a major manufacture to force you to purchase this add-on in order to gain GPS. Again, this is where ASUS meets and exceeds all expectations. If you are a current Transformer Prime owner, you can register to receive a dongle for FREE.

1. Please ensure you have already joined our ASUS Membership program. If not, please click Sign Up.
2. Please proceed with “Product Registration” after you have joined as an ASUS Member. There are two methods:
A. After activating the ASUS Member account successfully, please proceed with Product Registration.
B. After login, please click on “Product Registration” on the left side menu.

Well played ASUS, well played. I continue to respect these guys as a major device contributor to Android and continually raising the bar on how a manufacturer should approach their customers. Compared to other tablet manufacturers out there, I can’t see how anyone could really say anything bad about ASUS. They quickly resolve issues, update OS versions quickly and efficiently and continue to improve their products rather than let them sit by the wayside to focus on a new addition.

Source: XDA via AndroidPolice

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ASUS to give away free dongle to address Transformer Prime GPS issues

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As reports of GPS issues with the ASUS Transformer Prime continue, the manufacturer is turning to a drastic solution to give Prime owners better GPS connectivity. According to an ASUS support representative quoted on XDA, ASUS will soon begin offering a hardware solution, in the form of a "GPS Extension Kit" dongle, which it'll provide for free to all Prime owners. Sure enough, shortly afterwards a corroborating statement appeared on ASUS' VIP member area.

Although the TF201 is not a professional GPS device, as part of our unwavering commitment to our customers we are offering all customers who purchased a TF201 system a free external GPS extension kit called a dongle, which may help improve signal reception and optimize the user experience. We are pleased to announce this offer as part of our commitment to customer service, but it does not replace, alter or amend any existing warranties you may have.

Prime owners can now sign up for the new dongle through the ASUS VIP. For what it's worth, the ASUS rep quoted by XDA says the kit will "will be a flush fit on the bottom of the unit if held in landscape matching the color of your Prime chassis." So no worries about unsightly bulges sticking out of your tablet.

Kudos to ASUS for stepping up to the plate and offering a genuine solution for those affected by these issues, however it's a shame it's taken four months for the real fix to arrive.

Source: LandOfDroid; via: Engadget

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[Updated] ASUS To Provide Transformer Prime Owners With Free GPS Dongle, New Prime Builds To Have Improved WiFi Performance

The ASUS Transformer Prime is the hottest Android tablet on store shelves right now, and for good reason; it’s thin, fast, powerful, and well-featured. But there’s one shortcoming that ruffled a lot of feathers: very poor GPS performance. The company acknowledged the issue and rolled out numerous OTA updates to the device in hopes that a software patch would fix the issue, but to no avail. So now, they’re doing what’s right and solving things by sending free hardware to owners to improve GPS performance.

According to XDA member demandarin, the dongle has been in the hands …

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Asus to Transformer Prime Owners: “Teach Me How to Dongle”

The GPS feature, or should I say lack thereof, for the Transformer Prime is finally going to be put to rest by Asus. After a few OTA update attempts to tweak the tabs software to communicate better with satellites, Asus is resorting to shipping out dongles for every registered Prime owner. Sounds awesome, right? We [...]

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ASUS To Provide Transformer Prime Owners With Free GPS Dongle, New Prime Builds To Have Improved WiFi Performance

The ASUS Transformer Prime is the hottest Android tablet on store shelves right now, and for good reason; it’s thin, fast, powerful, and well-featured. But there’s one shortcoming that ruffled a lot of feathers: very poor GPS performance. The company acknowledged the issue and rolled out numerous OTA updates to the device in hopes that a software patch would fix the issue, but to no avail. So now, they’re doing what’s right and solving things by sending free hardware to owners to improve GPS performance.

According to XDA member demandarin, the dongle has been in the hands …

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Always Innovating Announces The HDMI Dongle – An Itty Bitty Alternative To The Set-Top Box

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Always Innovating, a company which "leverages the latest developments in open source technologies worldwide to create innovative products that solve real problems for consumers," will be debuting a new device at CES this year – the HDMI Dongle. The Dongle looks to replace the set-top box for those who aren’t interested in buying a hefty (or more expensive) GoogleTV device.

AI’s HDMI Dongle is essentially a complete system on a chip, and has some incredible specs for such a tiny device. Supposedly starting at just $79, the device comes with a Cortex-A9 processor (capable of 1GHz to 1.8GHz speeds, depending …

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Xbounds Allows Android Users To Display Content Real-Time From Devices To Big Screens

Score one for Android users. We’ve been clamoring for an option to wirelessly view our content from our Android devices to a bigger screen in real-time and Dream Chip Technologies has created Xbounds which allows us to do just that. Using a small dongle, you will to connect your Android device to the dongle via WiFi and voila, have your content viewed on a bigger screen. The great thing about Xbounds is it appears to use a fast enough connection for Android users to stream graphics-intensive items in real-time such as video games or videos. Looks like we’ll have yet another set of means to play Angry Birds on a bigger screen, right?


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Pierre Cardin tablet gets Gingerbread update and lower price

Remember the Pierre Cardin 7-inch tablet (PC-7006) we told you about last month? We weren’t too impressed with it especially since it came with Android 2.2 Froyo. It looks like they are moving up in the world as they have updated it to Gingerbread, and added a G to the model number which is now PC-7006G.

Unfortunately it is still unimpressive, but if you are into designer names, this is the one for you. They even dropped the price from £274.99 ($438) to £224.99 ($358). It still comes with a leather case and black gift box, but it’s still 14mm thick.

The rest of the specs are okay for the money:

  • 7-inch (800 x 480) capacitive multi-touch display
  • Samsung S5PV210 Cortex-A8 1.0 GHz procesor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 1.3-megapixel front facing camera
  • 4GB internal storage
  • microSD card slot (supports up to 16GB, 4GB card provided)
  • mini USB, HDMI
  • WiFi, 3G (with an external dongle)
  • 4400mAh battery

Is anyone looking forward to the PC-7006I?

Pierre Cardin tablet gets Gingerbread update and lower price


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