It’s been a year since the Notion Ink Adam went up on Pre-order and about 6 months since we reviewed the Adam. Back then, it was running Android 2.2 aka Froyo along with a skin named Eden. Since then, the Adam for Honeycomb (unofficially of course, check out Adamcomb here) and then, there was nothing much in the way of news out of the NI Labs. Well, the guys at NI have now released a Pre-Alpha release of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) to the masses, along with the source code. What does that mean? Potentially, an official ICS release for the Adam sometime early next year and custom roms (such as the aforementioned AdamComb) probably earlier.
Here’s a video of the Adam running Honeycomb:
You can follow the progress of the ICS port over at the Notion Ink blog, here.
If you’re feeling adventurous, here are the instructions to download and run the Pre-alpha ICS release on your Adam.
- Hardware Acceleration
- Physical Back Button
- Capacitive Buttons
- Power Button [Long press, Short Press for shutdown menu]
- EMMC mounts
- SDCARD mounts
- USB [but won’t boot if attached to PC at boot]
What’s not working?
- USB flash drives
- Light sensor
If you’re a developer, you could jump on board with the development and help get stuff working. That’s what the community is all about.
Remember, this isn’t ready for regular users just yet! Don’t try this if you aren’t used to the rooting and romming world!
Now, what’s Notion Ink planning on their next Hardware Revision? My guess is as good as yours. I only hope they get it to market in a reasonable time after they show it (assuming there is a hardware revision in the works and will be shown at CES as they’ve done in the past).