Early adopters might have heard the good news already, those of you who were not born with source code in your hands might want to go and check for the firmware update.
If you’re on a limited data plan, you might want to look for another sort of Internet connection before you hit Ok. The file size is a little more than 300 Megabytes.
The new, updated firmware bears the catchy 220.127.116.11 version number. Asus’ aim with the update is to enhance wireless performance and to address a couple odd glitches. According to those who already updated, the new firmware does help in cases where Wi-Fi throughput was problematic. It is said to have done very little to improve performance where it wasn’t already acceptable.
Others report reduced flickering on home screen and while scrolling.
The new update brings around a number of improvements to the baseband firmware. Exact details haven’t surfaced yet, but the fact that version numbers have changed across the board suggests that engineers are aware of problems regarding the radio ROM. Bluetooth version is up from 9.23 to 9.26, Wi-Fi up from 18.104.22.168 to 22.214.171.124 and as mentioned above, Firmware version went from 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52.
Bluetooth headset owners who expected the lag between video and audio to go away will be disappointed to learn that this particular issue is yet to have been dealt with.
While this update is supposed to do away with random reboots, there already are reports of random reboots happening on the new firmware.
The Youtube app also causes some problems for a few owners. It seems to force close when selecting a video. A proposed work-around is to use a 3rd party browser instead of the native client when watching YouTube videos.
All in all, the new firmware seems to be a hit and miss at best, definitely not the catch all fix for issues customers were having.