Asus has now released a full statement on the locked bootloader on their new NVIDIA Tegra 3 powered Android tablet, the Asus Transformer Prime, and it looks like the company has changed their mind on the locked bootloader.
Asus has said that the reason the Transformer Prime came with a locked bootloader was because of Google DRM, and they will now provide an unlock tool for people who want to unlock the bootloader, you can see the statement below.
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.
You can see the full statement over at the Asus Facebook page, and it looks like this should be enough to keep fans of the Transformer Prime happy from the comments posted on there.
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