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.
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 :
â€¢ General and application specific stability issues addressed.
â€¢ Panel view stability improved.
â€¢ Added Discard Updatefeature.
â€¢ Downloaded update file verification on completed download.
â€¢ New dialog box added to choose network connection while updating.
â€¢ Save location of update.js modified; now stored in shared memory.
â€¢ Download of new update deletes existing update files, if any.
â€¢ Fixed crashing issue while plugging / unplugging external keyboard.
â€¢ Resolved GPS coordinate issues.
â€¢ Help files updated.
â€¢ Fixed tab switching focus and stability issues.
â€¢ Fixed inconsistent tab count display in case of multiple tabs fixed.
â€¢ Address bar functionality change tapping Xwill now clear the URL present when in edit mode; else it stops the current page loading.
â€¢ Fixed issues with URLs starting with `http://’ and www.’.
â€¢ Resolved issues regarding Update Adamfeature.
â€¢ In Text mode,
â€¢ italics for Droid Sans does not exist, so this feature has been disabled for this font.
â€¢ 1px size text was not visible; it is now fixed.
â€¢ 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.
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 Samsung Galaxy Tab. 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 iPad 2. 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.
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.
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.
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.