The Adam Tab PC has been a favorite with the hacking community and is likely to remain so until Notion Ink irons out all the flaws of the Android Froyo tablet. Users have also been reporting better performance with the rooted Adams instead of the Eden custom UI built on top of the Android 2.2 Froyo.
There has been an interesting development in the entire episode that takes hacking the Adam to another level. DJ_Steve from the xda-developers forum has been successful in porting CyanogenMod 7 on the Adam tablet PC. CyanogenMod 7 is a popular custom Android operating system and is based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
However, to say the attempt has been an all out success will be an overstatement. There are still quite a few bugs. So while the custom firmware is able to support most of the Adam’s hardware, it has been found lacking in a few aspects. These include the sleep/wake performance of the Adam, while sound seems non-existent over the HDMI output. The few glitches apart, the CyanogenMod 7 allowed the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor to run at 1.4 GHz.
Also, with the CyanogenMod 7 spicing things up on the Adam, the Notion Ink tablet is the latest to join Nook Color and ViewSonic gTablet, both of which has also been given the CM7 treatment. Incidentally, the ViewSonic gTablet also runs the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor.
Many people in the hacking community have also expressed the virtual impossibilities of getting Android 3.0 Honeycomb on the Tablet. Community based websites such as Notion Ink Hacks has actually put a bounty on a Honeycomb fix. There are rumors right now that the hardware is incapable of supporting the updated Android OS and Notion Ink has been very quiet in response.
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