I'm new to Transformer Forums and actually to Android and tablet PCs all together.
Despite nub status, I am preparing to root my Transformer 300, which I purchased a few days ago.
I don't want to. I don't want to void the warranty, I don't want to lose access to future updates and be responsible for administration activities later that I barely (at best) understand, and I sure don't want to be the proud owner of a brick but....
I live in China and I bought my TF300 from the Chinese website 360Buy.com. The tablet is great, I love it, the problem is the ROM (I think you'd call it the ROM).
Build number: IML74K.CN_epad-18.104.22.168-20120604
That's the Chinese version, which presents several disadvantages.
First, most of the preinstalled apps are for Chinese shopping sites and Mandarin books or songs.
I'm concerned that there may be tracking software on it that reports what sites you're visiting;
and the biggest issue: China hates Google.
None of the Google stuff came preinstalled. I tried manually downloading and installing Google Play, but it won't open. I can't add Google accounts, or the gmail app, and I can't get any Google maps. For me it's really a problem because all of my files and calendars etc are on Google. I want the apps and I want the maps!
SO, if I understand correctly, what I need to do is download and install the stock international version of Jellybean. I don't need any custom ROMs or any of the super clocking and battery extending mods, at least not on this, my first Android device. I guess this means I have to 1. Root it, 2. Backup the device (although it's so new, I've no personal data or special apps on it yet), and 3. Reset it with the new ROM. But do I have to roll it back to version .17 first? And maybe I don't have to unlock the boot loader, whatever that entails, because I just want to install a new stock ROM?
I've spent the last 3 days reading up on this, but I have to admit it sounds pretty complicated and for every one thing I figure out, I discover 2 more things I need to understand.
The instructions seem to vary a lot depending on what ROM you're starting with and what you want to load and what backup app you use and what stuff you have to download first and something about drivers and I'm more confused now than I was before I started.
I feel like what I want to do with my device is a pretty simple and reasonable thing to want... there should be a simple-ish solution?
Can anyone point me to a really basic and straightforward process that will work for my particular device? Or at least suggest some required reading? Something that doesn't go off on too many technical tangents....
I'd really appreciate any suggestions. I've learned a lot about Android in the last 5 days, but the learning curve is pretty steep!
Thanks a million!
(Or Xie Xie, as they say here in the Middle Kingdom)