After listening to their customers complain about the locked state of the bootloader on the quad-core Transformer Prime tablet, Asus has gone ahead and released an official statement regarding the locked bootloader on the Transformer prime.
According to the statement, Asus chose to lock the bootloader on the Transformer Prime due to the content providers’ requirement for DRM client devices to be as secure as possible. They basically did it so that users can enjoy Google’s video rental service, according to the statement.
Asus understands that many people want their bootloaders unlocked, and with that in mind, they said that they are working on an unlock solution. This isn’t the first time an OEM will offer an unlock tool for their device. Sony Ericsson and HTC currently have tools available to unlock the bootloader on their phones. We still have nothing from Motorola, who promised it a while ago.
Check out the Asus statement regarding the bootloader below. For their complete statement, hit up the source link.
Regarding the bootloader, the reason we chose to lock it is due to content providers’ requirement for DRM client devices to be as secure as possible. ASUS supports Google DRM in order to provide users with a high quality video rental experience. Also, based on our experience, users who choose to root their devices risk breaking the system completely. However, we know there is demand in the modding community to have an unlocked bootloader. Therefore, ASUS is developing an unlock tool for that community. Please do note that if you choose to unlock your device, the ASUS warranty will be void, and Google video rental will also be unavailable because the device will be no longer protected by security mechanism.
Source: Asus Facebook