Its another weekend and we have another week end special from Notion Ink, the eleventh in the series so far. And as usual, we have further insight into what’s going on on the Adam front, perhaps the most eagerly awaited tablet PC launch after the Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab. However, while we do look forward to the Notion Ink weekend specials as it provides us with information about what’s going on there, one reason for keeping an eye on the specials is we believe its one of these that will eventually be coming out with the news that I am sure many have been waiting with bated breath – the formal announcement of the Adam’s market launch. And the best thing with the current weekend special is that it comes mighty close to that though unfortunately, Rohan Shravan stopped just short of spilling all the beans.
So in the end, what we are left with is the news of something ‘very special’ coming our way on the 6th of December. “6th December is another big day for Android and you will find out how fast Notion Ink can work. (Eden is extremely compatible with 2.3),” is exactly what has been spelt out in the blog. So its a matter of speculation if that’s the day when Notion Ink will kick off the pre-order process of the Adam tablet PC or if the next iteration of Android, the Gingerbread is going to be launched on that day (this seems more probable). Or may be perhaps Adam will be upgraded to accommodate the Gingerbread or who knows, the Adam might ship with Gingerbread pre-installed! In fact, the latter would be the perfect icing on the cake though what also has to be admitted is that it is being stretched a bit too far.
Coming back to reality and the other things that has been revealed in the latest blog entry: perhaps the other big news is that all the 6 versions of the Adam have passed EMI tests at the FCC. What this means is that the next thing for Notion Ink to do is to ramp up production ahead of the tablet’s official launch. Also, while still on FCC, Rohan Shravan has also pointed out that they have done something with their FCC application just to ensure tracking them down at FCC won’t be that easy anymore. We know the FCC has always been the weakest link in a company’s efforts to keep prying eyes off their creations before they are launched. Clearly, Notion Ink does not want that to happen in their case.
In the mean time, the blog reveals the Notion Ink marketing team are now in Europe to pave the way for the smooth launch of the Adam there which, as per Shravan, is a key market for the tablet PC. Among the other info that has been revealed is that all software have entered beta phase while the Payment Integration Gateways are now up and ready. Notion Ink also had to ward off a patent infringement case related to the use of some Wi-Fi components while it itself stayed away from using a few features of Android where it felt several patents have been infringed upon.
About the other aspects of the Adam that has been touched upon is the Browser that the Adam will come with and which will be quite advanced in that it will not only have a lot of processing power to back it up but also enough of application memory so that there is never a scenario such as Force Closure Exception due to “out-of-memory” issues. Shravan also describes the Browser as “a big step in converting your Android to a tablet version OS.” A nice feature that the Browser will have is also something that I have always wished I could avail of – the ability to copy multiple part at the same time. Its like copying the first and third line in a text at one go leaving the second one out. This can speed things up a lot.
Also, there is now some more information available about the special Mail’d feature that will be included in the Adams. The one aspect that makes this special is the way this application allows the sender of an e-mail to have control of the mail even after it has been sent. For the sender can still prevent the recipient from forwarding the mail any further if the original sender so wishes. This however is not a default feature of all e-mails and one will have to specifically invoke this property of an e-mail to make use it.
Then there is the Weather app as well and it too is going to be special as its going to be customized to the region where the tablet is located.
And finally, there is a good news and a bad news. Starting with the latter, only a select few will have the privilege to pre-order the Adam before the world at large. And the good news is, those who have commented on the blog are the one who will have the first right to pre-order the device followed by everyone else.