Notion Ink CEO Confirms That Google Will Launch Android Ice Cream Sandwich in October

Ever since details of the next version of the Android OS – Ice Cream Sandwich – were revealed, there has been a lot of speculation about when it will be released. If I were Google, I would do it slightly before Apple launches the iPhone 5, to take at least some of the attention off the new iPhone.

Apparently, Google plans to do the same. Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 5 in mid-October, and according to rumors, Google will launch Ice Cream Sandwich before the end of October.

Today, Notion Ink CEO, Rohan Shravan, confirmed that Google has already started seeding manufacturers with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and that it will be launched before the end of October. He also stated that while Notion Ink hasn’t been provided access to Ice Cream Sandwich, he plans to update the Notion Ink Adam with Ice Cream Sandwich by November. Hopefully, the biggies like Samsung, HTC and Motorola will also follow suit.

Ice Cream Sandwich will be a unified OS for both smartphones and tablets. It will likely be launched with the Google Nexus Prime, Google’s next Nexus device after the Nexus S. The reference platform for Ice Cream Sandwich will be the TI OMAP4.

Android fans, the wait is nearly over. Until the actual launch, check out these images of Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Notion Ink Adam To Get A Major Software Update Soon; Including Android 2.3 Gingerbread!

Remember the controversial Notion Ink Adam from a startup in India? Well, it looks like most people have forgotten about the company and its product. Last week, Notion Ink Adam posted some information about a major software update for the Adam, which was gone un-noticed by everyone until now.

Notion Ink is soon going to release a major software update for the Adam, which will include the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the OS. The update will also bring a basic music and video player to the Adam. The usual performance, stability and UI enhancements are also on-board.


Here is the official change-log -:

  • the new e-book client
  • a new Browser (the name of the book client and browser will be released in a separate blog next week)
  • updated Kernel
  • optimally over-clocked Tegra
  • Gingerbread 2.3
  • lots of Usability Issues resolved
  • new multi-tasking environment (easier way to manage all tabs and applications)
  • Chords Music Library and Player (Simple and straight Music Player)
  • Video Library and Player
  • DSP support, so now equalizer will work in better way. Soon we are adding more bass boost in the speakers as well (not a part of this update).
  • Flash pre-installed
  • and more!

The new web browser and the eBook client are the Dolphin HD and Kindle. The blog post also states that Notion Ink is already working on porting Honeycomb to the Adam.

It’s nice to see Notion Ink supporting the Adam, but I wonder how many units the startup actually managed to sell. The Notion Ink Adam’s launch was delayed numerous times. When it was finally made available to the public, the shipments were delayed numerous times as well.

The update is expected to be rolled out soon by the company.

Notion Ink Adam Gets Another Software Update

The highly controversial tablet from a start-up in India Notion Ink Adam has got another software update. This is the second software update for the Notion Ink Adam since its release in January this year.

Unlike the first update which soft bricked some Adam tablets out there, this update is totally safe. This update is mainly aimed at improving the performance and fixing the bugs found in the present firmware.


Below is the partial change-log :

• General and application specific stability issues addressed.
• Panel view stability improved.
• Added Discard Updatefeature.
• Downloaded update file verification on completed download.
• New dialog box added to choose network connection while updating.
• Save location of update.js modified; now stored in shared memory.
• Download of new update deletes existing update files, if any.
• Fixed crashing issue while plugging / unplugging external keyboard.
• Resolved GPS coordinate issues.
• Help files updated.

• Fixed tab switching focus and stability issues.
• Fixed inconsistent tab count display in case of multiple tabs fixed.
• Address bar functionality change tapping Xwill now clear the URL present when in edit mode; else it stops the current page loading.
• Fixed issues with URLs starting with `http://’ and www.’.

• Resolved issues regarding Update Adamfeature.

• In Text mode,
• italics for Droid Sans does not exist, so this feature has been disabled for this font.
• 1px size text was not visible; it is now fixed.
• Adam would restart an activity when keyboard is connected, this issue has been resolved.

The full change-log is pretty huge and can be found here.

From the software side, things are looking good for Notion Ink. Early reviews of the Adam suggest that people love the EDEN UI.   However, from the hardware side it’s a total disaster.

The start-up has had to delay the shipping of the tablet numerous times for various reasons including camera problems and touch screen not working etc.

5 Tablets To Look Forward To In 2011

While 2010 was supposed to be the year of tablets, it did not turn out to be. The only two noteworthy tablets that launched in 2010 were the iPad and the . iPad went on to become a runoff success for Apple, just like the iPhone.

However, 2011 will see a lot more new tablets coming into the market and the iPad will definitely have more competition. So which are the tablets that you can look forward to in 2011? Here is a list of top 5 tablets which you can buy in 2011.

Apple iPad 2

Well, iPad was a run-off success; however, it did lack quite a few features including a camera. In 2011 (most likely in April), Apple will announce the . It is rumored to do away with the home button and replace everything with multi-touch gestures, similar to what you would see on a Mac.


iPad 2 is also rumored to have a camera which can be used to record videos and video chat using Facetime. Rumors also suggest that the next generation of iPad will feature a Retina Display’. Users should also expect the iPad 2 to sport a dual-core processor which should be easily able to play back 1080p videos.

What users should not expect the iPad 2 to feature is the support for Adobe Flash. The iPad 2 will be running on a new iOS version which might include some basic photo and video editing capabilities as well. Expect Apple to set the bar so high with the iPad 2 that rest of the manufacturers will be playing the catch-up game for the rest of the year.

Notion Ink OTA Update Bricks The Adam – DON’T UPDATE

First of, it was a pleasure to see the Notion Ink Adam finally shipping last week. However, it looks like bad publicity is written in their fate. From the launch fiasco to shipping problems, this device is getting into the news for the all the wrong reasons.

Notion Ink Adam

Some of the people who pre-ordered the Adam got their units today, however, instead of enjoying one of the best Android tablets, people are handling a device that won’t even start. This issue is occurring  when a user applies an Over-the-Air (OTA) software update to the device.

Bricked Notion Ink Adam

Police are in possession of a picture of the bricked unit and also an email from the Notion Ink team about "NOT APPLYING" the OTA update to the device. This is definitely been a ridiculous journey for a device that showed much promise.

Hopefully, the problem should not take a long time to fix, however, it shouldn’t have happened at all, considering all the things that the Adam had to endure during the past couple of months.


Greetings from Notion Ink!

First of all, we would like to Welcome you to the Notion Ink Family!

We understand and share your excitement about you receiving your Adam.

Secondly, a couple of our family members who received the Adam already, reported to us that they faced some issues in updating their device.

So, as a precautionary measure, we would advice you to refrain from updating your Adam until we investigate this matter and contact you with an official update regarding this matter.

In case you need any other assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

Warm Regards
Notion Ink

Please DO NOT reply to this e-mail. Instead, please send a fresh e-mail to the address mentioned above.

As an advice, if you are a owner of the Notion Ink Adam, do NOT APPLY the new OTA update.

Notion Ink’s Adam Tablet to Ship from Today

We have discussed Notion Ink‘s Adam tablet quite a number of times. Right from Rohan Shravan’s interview to the latest controversy of delayed pre-order shipments.

The Adam tablet’s pre-order shipments were delayed because they had not got the   Certification numbers from FCC and CE which are required to be printed on every device.

Rohan’s blog, updated yesterday, confirms that they have finally got the required FCC and CE clearance and they would start shipping this batch of devices from today, i.e., 19th January

Rohan has also posted a few pics of the   ready-to-be-shipped Adam devices on his blog.

Shipment Ready Adam Tablets

Notion Ink Adam Gets FCC Clearance, To Start Shipping by January 19

Notion Ink’s CEO, Rohan Shravan, just posted on the official blog that the Notion Ink Adam, which has been riddled with controversies, has finally passed FCC clearance. Notion Ink will start mass production of the Adam tablet on Monday and shipping will commence on Wednesday.

Those who pre-ordered the Notion Ink Adam should get it in about a week now.

The product code of the Notion Ink is NI3421A01. It was one of the best tablets to be showcased at CES 2011, and has received great early reviews, but the PR team has been receiving a lot of flak for goofing up the launch.

For more information on the Notion Ink Adam, including hardware specs and other details, check out this post.

Notion Ink Adam

Notion Ink’s Adam Pre-Order Shipments Delayed

The highly controversial tablet from a startup in India the Notion Ink Adam has met with another controversy. Notion Ink has sent an email to the people who pre-ordered the Adam saying that the shipment of the device has been delayed.

The reason behind the delay is because Notion Ink is still awaiting FCC and CE certification numbers which must be printed on the device before it is shipped to the public.


Here is an email which the folks over at Android Police received from Notion Ink :

Greetings from the Notion Ink Support Team!

This e-mail is to inform you that your shipment is ready, but we are awaiting final FCC and CE numbers which are to be printed on the device before we can ship them to you. The Holiday season in December pushed the administrative work and it will be cleared within this week.

We request your kind patience and cooperation till we inform you of your shipment.

As you may already know, the Notion Ink Adam was recently demonstrated to a lot of people at CES 2011, and the Adam was appreciated greatly and loved by everyone.

We really appreciate your continued support and effort that you have infused into creating the Notion Ink Community.

Warm Regards


Notion Ink Support Team

This news is definitely not going to go down well with all the people who have earlier criticized the Notion Ink’s Adam tablet.

Hopefully, the Adam will get its FCC certification soon so that it can reach the hands of the general public. If not, Notion Ink should buckle up for some more criticism.

Notion Ink Adam is Silky Smooth and Impressive as Hell

SlashGear has gone hands-on with the highly anticipated and controversial tablet from India, the Adam, and they are impressed. Adam has excited and teased tablet users and Android fans around the world since its announcement last year. Things turned ugly (and fast) with the opening of pre-orders, thanks to Notion Ink’s inexperience. However, as the video demonstrations have shown, Adam is quite unlike any other device on the market.


Apple has made a name for itself by paying attention to detail. Now, Notion Ink is trying to challenge iPad’s supremacy by following the same principle. Although the Adam is an Android tablet running on the powerful Tegra 2, it has its own user interface (called Eden), and its own set of carefully developed applications.

According to Slashgear:

Eden, the multitasking UI, splits the screen into three panes, and intelligently uses the dual-core NVIDIA processor to balance power and battery life. For instance, the CPU shows up as a single core in the Android Aboutpage; Eden won’t activate the second core if there’s still capacity in the first core. The way individual apps are handled does its part to minimize Tegra 2 exertion too. In the mail client, for instance, when you’re only reading emails it doesn’t load the send-mail library. That reduces load times and shrinks the amount of memory and power required. Other apps work in a similar way, only loading the libraries that are necessary for the functions you’re actively using. Background apps are frozen to free up their resources.

Thanks to all the optimizations, Adam is silky smooth even under heavy load. Switching between applications is near instantaneous, and video playback is remarkably fluid. In fact, SlashGear found the entire experience to be as smooth as watching videos on a dedicated Blu-ray player.

Judging from the initial impressions, Adam might indeed be the perfect blend of beauty, flexibility and power. I am expecting iPad 2 to get multi-tasking capabilities. If that indeed turns out to be true, it will be interesting to see Apple’s approach, as Notion Ink seems to have done an outstanding job.

Notion Ink’s Product Design Teams Rocks, PR Team Should Go On A Vacation

After all of mine and Pallab’s rant we finally got to see a real video of Notion Ink‘s Adam in action. All through mine and Pallab’s post we were very skeptical about this device, but in the end looking at the product demo in action made me change my mind.

Notion Ink Adam

However, Notion Ink brought this on themselves, first the stupid pre-order system and the stupidly written policies then the video lure which they could not upload would have thrown off anyone.

Now here is what the case is, these guys do not seem to be aware of the fact that there is something called as Public Relationships. Yes, the entire PR team of Notion Ink should be sacked or sent on a vacation, because they created the biggest problem of all, not bringing the device closer to the users who matter to their sales and to their reputation.

Hell, the Adam founder Rohan who I interviewed back in March 2010 is taking all the onus on himself  to provide updates himself. I have seldom seen a CEO or founder of a product taking so much pains to explain why they exist, least of all take all the criticisms.

Nevertheless, I wanted this product to succeed all this while. My skepticism came from the fact that they did not know how to handle things. It still remains, however, it is subdued now and will remain subdued for a while. Remember that I have a very curious and national interest in this project.

Would I order this device now? Of course, I *might* order the Adam on a future date, but I would rather wait for CES 2011 and MWC 2011 before I make a decision. It looks like a very good portable device with a lot of slots among other things, but again, there is no promised Pixel Qi, which is a deal-breaker for me, I will wait till I see that in action.

Rest aside, I quenched my doubts and choked on them, Adam exists and it is good. But I won’t order it as of yet.