updated 01:30 pm EDT, Fri April 6, 2012
ASUS to finally fix GPS reception with dongle
The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime's well-documented GPS issues are being addressed by ASUS now. Existing owners should receive the GPS Extension Kit for free, though this isn't yet confirmed and they will need to register for it on ASUS' website. It involves an external sensor that connects to the Android tablet's docking port to get a better satellite signal.
The tablet's all-metal design is believed to be at fault for the poor satellite reception, and its Wi-Fi radio is also said to be affected. The add-on will fit flush with the tablet and match its color. However, using the tablet as a navigation tool with GPS might preclude it from being plugged into power at the same time unless ASUS incorporates an as yet unmentioned pass-through for the dock connector.
The kit should arrive about mid-month. More recent tablets have a plastic section on their backs that fixed the issue, so only some of the original production runs are affected. ASUS' earlier attempts to fix the GPS sensor with software updates weren't very successful. [via Android Community]