ASUS Transformer Prime Receives OTA Update, More Than Just Minor

Great news for Transformer Prime owners, as I woke up to an OTA update notification this morning! The new update is currently without a changelog, but from my experience and others on XDA, the device receives a new kernel (2.6.39.4) and updated versions of Wi-Fi (6.1.1.18) and Bluetooth (9.26). Folks are reporting a solid improvement, with random reboots, screen flickering, and  app crashing being a thing of the past. I have been lucky and haven’t experienced the random reboot/lock-up issue so I cannot confirm the fix. As for better app stability and screen flashes, I can honestly say I have noticed an improvement over the past hour of use.  Also, Wi-Fi is noticeably better with a slight increase in download and upload speeds. I have yet to experiment with Bluetooth.

This new update WILL BREAK ROOT so for those of you who are rooted and want to remain that way, I suggest running Voodoo rootkeeper before installing the update. You can find the Voodoo app in the Android Market.

The OTA update will bring your Transformer Prime up to version 9.4.2.13, and should be waiting for U.S. residents right now. People outside of the U.S. are reporting that the update hasn’t shown up yet so this is probably going to roll out in stages. If you haven’t seen the notification yet, you can try and force the update by going to Settings -> About Tablet -> System Firmware Update. There you should be able to download the goods. For those of you who get the update, be a pal and report your finding in the comments below. Thanks!


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Stacy Bruce was born and raised in Spokane Washington. He attended the University of Washington to study pre-med only to change his course study a year later to forensic science. Although currently not a doctor or a scientist, some believe he posseses the knowledge of both. He was a resident of San Diego California for ten years, lived beachside and sometimes wonders why the hell he moved back to Spokane. A multi-talented man, Stacy is a fabricator, an artist, a gear head, a tech junkie and at most, the disciple of Casanova. Growing up, he was always enthralled with electronics, gadgets and gizmos. Throughout his life he has had one, if not two, of every cool and new electronic device available. He began his smartphone experience with the original iPhone. After realizing it was more like theirPhone, he decided he wanted the ability to customize, so Stacy moved to the OG Droid and has been a loyal Android fanatic ever since. Moving through all of the top tier Verizon phones, he recently retired his Droid Charge in favor of the Galaxy Nexus, only to wonder what great device Samsung will come out with next. Stacy is a busy new homeowner in where he lives with his beautiful girlfriend and two dogs.


  • Anonymous

    I just grabbed it and it appears to be at least 3 packages. I have 3 seperate FW downloads happen before getting notification that new firmware is ready to install. I am excites as Asus updates are usually quite solid, even though I have no reboots, freezes or screen banding. I would love working GPS but that’s likey just wishful thinking.I get some GPS function, but it is inconsistent, and woefully under a useful amount of reception. Oh well, one can drem right? One interesting fact is my new replacement Prime, a C1 serial number STILL says “GPS” on te box. If it SAYS it, I will hold Asus’ feet to the fire on that one.

  • Donnaj63

    Updated to ICS and new firmware update. So far working perfectly. Love it!

  • Nulldaddy

    Still randomly crashes, mostly while browsing the YouTubes…

  • Mbspiritwolf

    I am unable to update with new firmware with rooted transformer. Each time I try it says update failed will return to original configuration. I’m running firmware 9.4.2.15. Any suggestions?