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Notion Ink Adam tablet ships January 19, Android 3.0 coming

updated 12:20 pm EST, Sat January 15, 2011

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.

The tablet is unique in the industry both for coming from India but also for its interface. Although it uses Android 2.2, the Adam has a heavily customized front end, Eden, that promises to address the problems of scaling the pre-3.0 OS to the large screen. It revolves around "leaves" that let multiple apps work alongside each other even if not explicitly optimized for tablets. Other apps, such as the browser and e-mail, have been reworked to use the full screen properly.

It will be one of the first non-Apple tablets its size in the US and also one of the most feature-laden, with both a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 as well as front and back cameras and 1080p-capable HDMI output. Versions with 3G in the US will work on AT&T.

Along with the shipping notice, Shravan mentioned that Android 3.0, Honeycomb, was still a planned upgrade but that it might take some time to implement. The Eden interface was designed with Android 3.0 compatibility in mind, but Google's OS is a "work in progress" and is bringing a lot of things that Notion Ink had previously had to add itself. The CEO was optimistic and noted that a lot of the improvements would focus on smooth visual transitions that had previously been a weak point of Android, especially on the larger canvas of a tablet.

He wouldn't give an estimate for the upgrade as it depended first on having access that hasn't been a real option so far.

The Adam isn't expected to be a major challenge to the iPad's American dominance due to distribution limits but may be the first truly optimized Android tablet to offer competition before Motorola's Xoom tablet comes with Android 3.0 sometime in February.

by MacNN Staff




    Joined: Dec 1969


    Be Aware

    Planned upgrade to Android 3.0? That sounds like pure unadulterated Vaporware. The prices are pretty high and there is no guarantee that they will upgrade.

    Too much risk


  1. JBytes

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It could use a few more ports, yeas? Also, why does it look so large? I hope its users don't end up smashing their Adam's Apple with it. [What?]

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Something new for Android to rip off...

    "Adam has a heavily customized front end, Eden, that promises to address the problems of scaling the pre-3.0 OS to the large screen."

    Now Google knows what to copy for 3.1. Good luck with that.

  1. mados123

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A tablet for greater productivity

    Here you have a cutting edge device from a small company focusing solely of the success of one device. It won runner-up for best tablet as CES 2011. And they have been at the forefront of hardware and software development. I don't understand the previous comments regarding the upgrade being vaporware - sounds like they don't know what software development entails. And more ports - what?

    For a good sense of its capabilities, its size and portability check out Engadget's hands on, video review at CES.

    PS- it has one camera that rotate 185 degrees and able to be used at all angles, not a front and back camera. As stated, "use it facing yourself (-5 degrees), at 90 to capture a live lecture or meeting or 180 for snapping photographs." Pretty cool.

  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Where were all these tablets before the iPad?


    The iPad was first.

    Here come the Johnny-come-latelies.

  1. djbeta

    Joined: Dec 1969


    rotatable cam vs. front and back cam

    I *kinda* like the idea of an adjustable camera.. 2 cameras on an iPad or any tablet seems a little weird as I can't imagine a scenario where I would be holding (or propping) the iPad up perfectly vertical.. On the other hand.. two cameras on the iPad could possibly open up some avenues for creative software development.

  1. djbeta

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why Android Sucks.

    I just watched the video.. the UI looked kinda clunky.. she kept describing the experience as "pretty smooth". c'mon.. that means --- NOT SMOOTH!!!! it's not a good sign when the person has to try a few times to zoom in while doing a demo.

    Personally... I rarely if ever need to read my iPad in the sunlight, however I do agree that the reflectivity of a glossy display has its pros and cons. Even on an iMac indoors I sometimes have issues with the reflections in the monitor. Of course, images and videos do look a million times better on glossy displays.., in the ideal world, I think you should have your choice of displays on a device, like I *think* you still do with Mac laptops..?

    I personally could never go for an Android tablet because the selection of apps on Android cannot compare to the apps available for iOS devices. My personally favorites are: FileMaker Go, Korg iMS 20 (ridiculously awesome apps-- worth getting an iPad just to run these apps).. Until Android has apps as powerful as that, I can't see wasting my time with it.

    And because Android-powered hardware is SOOOOOOO fragmented, I sincerely doubt the best developers of AWESOME software will be wasting much time on Android.

    Don't take it from me....

  1. djbeta

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Seems those comments were taken out of context.. my apologies...
    here's the original article:

    Still indicates developing for Android has its issues:

    but Steve is absolutely right when he says that there are more challenges for developers when working with Android

    According to this, FileMaker has no intentions of developing for Android because of the inconsistent ecosystem.. definitely not their official word however:

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