Notion Ink Adam gets (Pre-Alpha) ICS; Gets a Discount for the Holidays!

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.

What’s working?

  • Hardware Acceleration
  • WIFI
  • Physical Back Button
  • Capacitive Buttons
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS
  • 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?

  • Sleep/wakeup
  • Camera
  • USB flash drives
  • BLUETOOTH
  • Light sensor
  • Compass
  • 3G
  • Audio

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! 

Oh wait, that’s not all. The guys at NI have a Holiday Sale on, so head over to the Notion Ink Store and check it out! 

 

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).

Need to pick an Android phone? Ask Google!

Looking at buying an Android phone? Not sure what to get? Well, Google has you covered again! The old portal that sold the Nexus One, Google.com/phone, now shows all the info you need! It’s called the Google Phone Gallery, and depending on where in the world you are, it’s quite awesome!

You can search by Region, Carrier, Device Manufacturer, and also compare!

Right now it only shows details for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Singapore, United Kingdom and the US.

Google also says, in their Official Mobile Blog Post, that:

Here at Google, we’re thrilled with the global adoption of Android and with the high quality of devices that are coming to market around the world. Since there are so many great phones, we wanted to make the selection process a little easier for people who are in the market for a new one. Today we’re rolling out the Google Phone Gallery — a showcase of Android-powered devices that deliver the best Google experience today. Check it out at http://www.google.com/phone.

All the phones in the gallery include Android Market, Google Search, and other Google Mobile services such as Gmail, Maps, and YouTube. There are tools that make it easy to compare phones side by side: you can filter phones by country, manufacturer, and carrier; view and compare technical specifications and features; and find where each phone is available for sale.

We’ll continue adding phones and countries over time, both to round out the gallery and as new phones come to market.”

I guess that means that phones that have carrier specific software that doesn’t let you choose a google product as default will not show up here.

So it’s a good thing, and hopefully India will be covered soon!

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Ovi Store updated to v1.07(12)

The Ovi Store got an update yesterday, on both s60 V3 and V5 devices. The new update brings with it quite a few changes and improvements, such as:

  • Improved listing
  • Updated category structure
  • Improved Search Results
  • Better Performance

You’ll notice that at the end of each page, you’ll find the option to “load more items” instead of showing the “next page” button in the older client.

All you have to do to get the new update is open the ovi store app on your device, where you’ll be prompted to download the new update.

Thanks to ZOMG its CJ for the tip.

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Ovi Store Updates to v1.6

I recently got a mail (and it turns out quite a few people have got the same mail) from Ovi Store, which said that Ovi Store had been updated to version 1.6.

It mentioned ta bunch of changes, including:

  • New mobile payment system where you can charge apps to your phone bill rather than using your credit card
  • New rating and comments system

AND

  • More product info, including screenshots.

The new ovi store is available for download from here, or you can just search for it from your current version installed on the phone.

The thing is, it turned out I was already on the *newest* version of the store, and I couldn’t make out any differences! So if you guys have noticed any changes, do let us know!

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*The Ovi Store App is currently available for the following devices: 5230, 5233, 5235, 5320 XpressMusic, 5530 XpressMusic, 5630 XpressMusic, 5730 XpressMusic, 5800 XpressMusic, 6210 Navigator, 6220 Classic, 6650, 6700 Slide, 6710 Navigator, 6720 Classic, 6730 Classic, 6760 Slide, 6790 Slide, 6790 Surge, C5-00, C6-00, E5-00, E52, E55, E63, E66, E71, E71x, E72, E75, E90, N78, N79, N82, N85, N86 8MP, N95, N95 8GB, N96, N97, N97 mini, X6-00, 2700 Classic, 2710 Classic, 2730 Classic, 3120 Classic, 3208 Classic, 3600 Slide, 3710 Fold, 3720 Classic, 5130 XpressMusic, 5220 XpressMusic, 5330 Mobile TV Edition, 6208 Classic, 6216 Classic, 6260 Slide, 6263, 6300i, 6301, 6303 Classic, 6303i Classic, 6350, 6555, 6600 Fold, 6600 Slide, 6600i Slide, 6700 Classic, 6750 Mural, 7020, 7210 Supernova, 7230, 7510 Supernova, 7610 Supernova, C3-00, X3-00

Your Own Voice for Ovi Maps!!

The latest add-on for Ovi maps is the ability to have your own voice direct you around town. Its a great addition for those who hate being bossed around by the navigation system!

Choose from a wide array of voice packs.

Own Voice for Ovi Maps  allows you to record your own voice, and if you’re not too eloquent you can pick any voice from the list of  voice packs available with the software.

Creating a voice pack for yourself quite a simple process!

Check out Own Voice for Ovi Maps over at the Ovi store!

You could also read more about the application over at Nokia Conversations.

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