Initial launch of Adam II in India, other regions expected in future
Notion Ink has finally launched its follow-up to the Adam tablet, one which offers an unusual secondary display. Accompanying the 10.1-inch, 1280x800 IPS LCD screen on the Adam II is a 100x5-resolution ticker-style display mounted on the side, offering up notifications and contextual data in a way that resembles the spine of a book or magazine.
Adam 2 battery concerns stop display upgrade
The Adam 2 will not have a HD display due to various battery requirements. Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shraven explained on the company blog that it is a combination of preserving the battery life of the device and potentially crippling charging times.
Notion Ink Adam gets a new OS early
Notion Ink's Android 4.0 upgrade for the Adam drew closer to completion after the company posted a beta release Saturday. The new version brings the expected performance updates from 4.0 while keeping the Adam's custom multi-pane interface. Compared to the alpha, it improves 3G, graphics speed, sound, Wi-Fi, and YouTube HD playback, while also addressing a sleep issue and getting USB back in order.
Notion Ink confirms its next tablet CPU choice
Notion Ink in a update early Saturday Bangalore time uncovered one of the first details of next-generation tablet. Referring to the slate as the Adam II, it plans to use a TI OMAP 4400-series multi-core processor mated with Android 4.0. What clock speed and which exact graphics core weren't mentioned, apart from the video coming through a PowerVR SGX500-series core.
ICS bugs still being worked out
Notion Ink has posted an early Android 4.0 update for its Adam tablet, though the development team is still working out a number of bugs. The company already offered a beta download, however the alpha build fixes a wide range of problems related to audio, sensors, Bluetooth, HDMI video output and graphics acceleration, among other bugs.
Notion Ink CEO hopes for Adam 2 this December
Adam tablet maker Notion Ink plans to release a successor, the Adam 2, by December, CEO Rohan Shravan revealed in an interview with LightReading. The device should be seen in January at the annual CES show, as Shravan admits to being a big fan of the expo. The Indian company currently has 110 employees, including about 15 interns and consultants, but the company needs to expand, as it has operations in 87 countries.
Claims Eden 1.5 includes over 150 improvements
Notion Ink today announced that it is rolling out Eden 1.5, a UI update for its Adam tablet. The company is also prepping to accept a new round of customer orders for the tablet as well as unveiling new customer service and support capabilities. The Indian-based company had begun shipping its tablet in January, but had been faced with quality and performance issues.
Will be skipping Gingerbread for Honeycomb
Notion Ink has begun taking its second round of orders for its Adam tablet. At this stage, orders are open to customers who pre-registered for the second batch of tablets after the first allotment sold out. According to Notion Ink, the number of emails that it is sending out inviting customers to place their order is “huge”, although it did not take the opportunity to specify what that translated to in numbers. CEO Rohan Shravan also added that Notion Ink will skip Gingerbread for the tablet optimized Honeycomb OS when the Adam gets its next major software upgrade.
Notion Ink apps ported over to ViewSonic gTablet
XDA-Developers member gojimi has created a hack for the ViewSonic gTablet that will let them run some of the Eden firmware from the Notion Ink Adam. Eight of the Eden's apps have been ported over, including Notion Ink Canvas, Calculator, Browser, Calendar, Keyboard, Sniffer, Mail, and tablet version of QuickOffice. All are Android-based and should work on any ROM.
Startup cites damaged shipment of displays
Only days after Notion Ink faced criticism for the build quality of its Android-based Adam tablets, the company has sent out e-mail notifications notifying recent customers of shipping delays. The startup claims the holdup is due to a damaged shipment of touchscreens, which happened to occur right before the Chinese New Year holiday, according to a company blog.
Customer support also apparently lacking
Several Notion Ink Adam tablet early adopters are venting their frustration about issues with their tablets and Notion Ink customer support on the Notionaddicts forum. @Rambler358 has complained about the build quality of his device, as well as the screen quality of the vaunted Pixel Qi display and the apparent lack of support received from Notion Ink.
Notion Ink used open-source code for Adam e-mail
Notion Ink, maker of the Adam Tablet, is being accused of unethically borrowing the open-source K-9 Mail code as the basis for the e-mail system in the tablet. The author of the code in question, Jesse Vincent, spotted this omission, and is complaining only because there is no credit for his efforts in the app's About box.
Some early adopters forced to reflash device
Notion Ink has pulled an update for its Adam tablet after some users began reporting that the new firmware has been bricking their device. Early adopters of the just shipped NVIDIA Tegra 2-powered slate have reportedly been in touch with Notion Ink customer support who have advised on how to reflash their device to get it running again. According to Notion Ink Fan, the cause of the glitch is the result of the update file failing to be completely downloaded.
CEO also provides details on shipping process
The Notion Ink Adam, which shipped as promised on January 19, has received its first unboxing pictures courtesy of a proud Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan. The 10-inch Android tablet, which runs a heavily customized version of the Android 2.2 OS, has been eagerly awaited by all those who contributed to the device’s first allocation sellout. Shravan posted some remarks along with the photos explaining details of shipping roll-out for users who might be somewhat impatiently awaiting the arrival of their shiny new slate.
Notion Ink Adam tablet ships as promised
Despite Notion Ink chief's cruel joke about a delay, the Adam tablet is indeed shipping today, as promised earlier. Rohan Shravan said the FCC and CE pre-orders will leave the factory tomorrow, and delivery statuses on the website will be updated soon. He also addressed an issue that saw arrival dates listed as February, which should now be changed to the last week of February.
Shipping display matte screen, yes, but stuck on
Notion Ink is in damage control mode as it fends off claims that is shipping a product that does not match some of the marketing on its website. According to a report, the Notion Ink Adam display does not include a “pure matte glass” display as noted in its product description. Instead, it comes fitted with a matte screen protector. The news has emerged in a number of company emails to disappointed customers who have placed pre-orders for the currently sold-out device.
Notion Ink Adam tablet to finally ship to US
Notion Ink chief Rohan Shravan told early fans that the Adam tablet has finally landed the FCC approval needed to go on sale in the US. The Android tablet should now start shipping for the first pre-orders on Wednesday, January 19. Prices for the 10-inch slate range from as little as $375 for a Wi-Fi version with a standard screen to $550 for a 3G edition with an outdoor-friendly Pixel Qi screen.
Eden VII interface gets Leaves for multitasking
Notion Ink, the maker of the 10.1-inch Adam tablet, has just shown off the latest version of its Eden custom interface for the tablet. Eden VII was shown on an external display thanks to an HDMI connection. There is an added focus on multitasking, with Leaves turning compatible apps into big widgets.
Notion Ink posts video demo of Adam Sniffer app
Notion Ink has released another video demonstrating the software of its 10-inch Adam tablet. The silent video, embedded below, showcases the Sniffer file browser app. It's clear from the video that the app brings a much more in-depth level of capability to the tablet than any other, letting users view, copy and paste files to and from various folders.
Will ship with disabled sensor
Notion Ink will ship its Adam tablet with an unusable feature. Notion Ink Hacks, in a Q & A with Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan asked whether Notion Ink will update the Adam so that the ‘mystery feature’ noted on its product specs page, a trackpad, will be enabled. In response, Shravan said that he did know if it would be enabled and that it was going to take more time that Notion Ink had anticipated to a get the function working in the way it was intended.
Notion Ink Adam pre-orders, prices revealed
Notion Ink as hinted has outlined a pre-order program starting today. Existing commenters and the wider public will have the options of pre-ordering at 1:30PM and 7:30PM Eastern respectively. Company CEO Rohan Shravan hasn't said when it ships, but it may slip to early 2011 as it's still in FCC testing.
Notion Ink Adam tablet pre-orders start tomorrow?
Notion Ink will begin offering pre-orders of its Adam tablet starting tomorrow, December 9 and therefore may indeed begin shipping in time for its promised Christmas release, a source said today. All six versions of the Adam for different markets will be offered and a firmware update to Android 2.3 is said to be coming just weeks after the Adam's launch. The pre-orders will first be limited to users who have registered and made comments on the company's blog, SlashGear heard, and then open up to a wider audience.
Hints at mystery new hardware feature
Notion Ink has launched the new website for its hotly anticipated 10.1-inch Adam tablet. The tablet offers a raft of hardware and software features that no other tablet on the market is currently capable of equaling in its entirety. In addition to the option for a Pixel Qi color display, its most striking capability is that it can simultaneously display up to three applications on screen at once. Also teased on the new website under the tech specs page is a “bonus mystery feature”.
More Notion Ink Adam tablet tech specs revealed
Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan shared more technical details on the company's Adam tablet over the weekend. Chief among the revelations was that the Android tablet does indeed offer longer battery life than Apple's iPad, as previously promised. Shravan says power draw is low during OpenGL-powered gaming sessions and that he got between 15 hours and two days of battery life on a full charge.
Notion Ink Adam tablet samples shown off
The first production Notion Ink Adam tablets that shipped to the company just yesterday are now being shown off. The company founder, Rohan Shravan, cautions that the models are still early production examples, and as such the texture of the exposed plastic will be smoother once color choices are finalized. Also, Notion Ink confirmed that the tablet will ship with 1GB of RAM.
Notion Ink Adam gets Eden UI reveal
Notion Ink this weekend explained some of the first details behind the custom interface for its Adam tablet. The 10-inch Android tablet will build on Google's formula with Eden, a multitasking system based around panels: each app will run in a panel with a home area to pick which panels are running. A multitasking mode will allow three apps to show at once, making it possible to run non-optimized apps without wasting space.
LongBox comic book software to come on all Adams
Notion Ink, maker of the upcoming Adam tablet, has just announced a partnership with LongBox Digital that will see the latter's digital comic book library and system come preloaded onto the Adam. Like other front ends, it will support a direct download store. Under the deal, LongBox will provide its comic book interface on the four announced Notion Ink tablets and others that come out in the next two years that use Notion Ink's Genesis system.
Notion Ink Adam ahead of schedule, to get comics
Notion Ink had good news for itsAdam tablet today as company founder Rohan Shravan explained that the hardware is ahead of schedule. It should reach FCC certification in the US a week earlier than first thought and should be ready to sell to the US and elsewhere shortly after early November. The firm had still thought it would have the Adam out by the end of 2010 but now is more likely to arrive on time.
Notion Ink Adam to cost less than iPad
Notion Ink's Adam tablet has been largely fleshed out in an unofficial outline of company plans. The 10-inch Android slate will be sold in four distinct versions, SlashGear heard, all of which use NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 250. A traditional LCD design with Wi-Fi alone will cost $399, or about $100 less than the iPad; a 3G version of the same will cost $449, while versions with an outdoor-friendly Pixel Qi display will cost an extra $50 each.
Notion Ink's Adam tablet to get SIM card slot
Notion Ink has released a spec sheet for its long overdue 10-inch Adam tablet, which reveals it will support GSM networks, not just data over EDGE or HSPA. The addition raises the possibility that it will also have voice calling capabilities, like the Dell Streak tablet. The sheet also reinforces beliefs that the Adam will be available with either a Pixel Qi and a more traditional LCD screen.
Notion Ink at Universities first, have Flash
Notion Ink, the makers of the upcoming Adam tablet, has released an update recently, saying it is working with multiple partners to bring a wide range of content to its device. On the company's official blog, Notion Ink founder and CEO Rohan Shravan promises the device will have access to educational content and a competitive price. Shravan also reveals an iPad is on order in order to compare the devices and see if Notion Ink missed anything in its development and feature set.