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Here we are!

Posted in Uncategorized by Rohan Shravan on May 28, 2011

Greetings everyone!

Been silent for a while. Well, that’s the silence before a lot of things come to all of us!

First quick updates:

  • We are pushing the Eden 1.5 update on Monday, so click that update buttons on your Adams! It comes with more than 150 changes as compared to Eden 1.0 (you can check out the documentation on Conclave on Monday).
  • We are pushing one more update on Wednesday, specially for those who want to test rich features of 2.3 Gingerbread!
  • We discussed about Kindle and Dolphin Browser coming bundled on Adam, well, there are more apps coming in (some in this update like Chords (with Panel), To-Do (Panel) and some around next week)! Some for the 2.2-2.3 clients, and more for Honeycomb!
  • The kernel update is on its way. The reason this update took little longer than expected end of third week was to dis-associate it from the kernel up-gradation which is required for Honeycomb. Right now you can see the images on Tabletroms working pretty well, but there are lots of errors and broken pieces.
  • Last 6 weeks we were integrating all support pieces to an advanced online system, which you will soon see go live on support.notionink.com. This system is used by right from FedEx to Samsung, and we are expecting it will cut the time to response further down, get you one system to track all your issues, get live support and get to scan through a large documentation of past issues.
  • @Home (from Google) announcement is a very good news for Adam users. We have a team here working on automation systems, and after their study we will release few DIY system using which you can do interesting things!
  • Adam is going live again! We are going to open sales coming Monday (evening to be precise)! Those who have subscribed at  http://store.notionink.com/subscribe.php will receive an email invitation.
  • Good News for Indian customers. Now they will receive products with all duties pre-paid.
  • We have moved all our resources from current Eden 1.5 and Gingerbread to Honeycomb, and near the end of next month, you all should have Honeycomb on your devices!
Last line actually reminds me a sudden burst of criticism we had seen earlier from some people on Harmony and Ventana matters. I think now we can put it to rest. Images which you download are 120MB in size and you can see 1GB space alotted for your OS, also one more things you can notice is the 1GB RAM. It will take you a lot of effort to cross 512MB RAM usage on Adam right now. If you try to run heavy games, the load is then shared by the GPU, and still healthy amount is left un-utilized. Even the bus supports up-to 400MHz of bandwidth.
While Google gets to choose who they support officially, there is little we can do. But when we get friends like Andy, Stephen, and rest (I think like you I also know them with their nicks: Reobeet, Rothnic, Dougie187, IntuitiveNipple, TwoSpirits, MyGuy, AlbertWertz (same as his name), josh4trunks, jerryaycock, gamepro, newbe5, RaYmAn, red_herringx, Covrus and blazingwolf) we can do much more than the Bilderberg Group!
I think there is one area where you can agree with me. When it comes to fluidity of the User Interface, there is no other OS than iOS. I have failed to see any missing frame on it when I see moving images, icons or lists or even motion animations. The reason is the missing GPU support for UI on Android. You can follow this conversation here: http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=6914 This conversation is 14 months long and is still continuing!
Currently I am in love with PowerVR architecture. Probably because there is a lot to read about it, and little less on the Tegra’s internal GPU (GeForce). iOS accelerates a lot of their UI using PoverVR SGX GPU, specially using their PVRTC format for textures. PVRTC is also an interesting lossy, fixed rate texture compression format and has a native support on SGX and has far greater implementation potential. iOS is bound to get faster and smoother, and that’s what you can do is you have control over the hardware and software. Lack of NEON, CUDA and OpenCL on Tegra also concerns me (as of now though, as roadmaps can be surprising). It’s high time we start developing for GPGPU. Currently even on Tegra, if you have 2 threads it doesnt mean they are running on 2 different cores. First it is decided to use one or two based on the processing requirement (e.g. if more than 500MHz is required then use 2 cores else one), and second you can’t program it to handle 2 threads. Even in OMAP you get to choose if you want 2 cores for an app or one, but not on Tegra (having said that, you can find instances when running an app on one core is better than on two when bench-marked against performance and power consumed).
Again, apologies for little silence here, but I did told you, busy weeks are coming ahead! :)
With Warm Regards
Rohan Shravan

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  1. Himanshu said, on May 28, 2011 at 12:30

    :)

    • Himanshu said, on May 28, 2011 at 12:31

      1st??? :) :)

    • karen said, on May 28, 2011 at 12:34

      Update on Monday and HC next month? For real?
      No need for me to switch tonight then, H.

    • Himanshu said, on May 28, 2011 at 12:36

      Well enjoy the new update for some time. And if feel so switch to HC (one of the images of Tabletroms) for some day before the official HC. And then also keep in mind dates are dates until things are delivered(not skeptical but just speaking from past experience :) )

    • Amit Tambe said, on May 28, 2011 at 13:16

      Yes, the update should be good. Although now that I’ve loaded tabletroms’ Honeycomb, I don’t know how I will be able to get the update. Any ideas fellas?

    • Himanshu said, on May 28, 2011 at 13:23

      @Amit Tambe ::

      (1) Forced recovery :: power +volume down

      (2) nvflash with the zip provided by adam(check it is the latest)

      (3) apply the updated zip provided by NI(i hope they must be providing it as all cant use the option update as most of the guys are on other roms :) )

      I hope this is the procedure. other experts can correct it :)

    • karen said, on May 28, 2011 at 13:46

      Hi Himanshu and Amit,
      Cannot wait any longer, wanna have some playtime with HC, awaiting the eden 1.5 update ;-)
      Would like to know that should be working in advance, before I make the switch to tabletroms HC today ;)

    • Phillip said, on May 28, 2011 at 14:52

      karen is back in love

    • Amit Tambe said, on May 29, 2011 at 11:51

      @Himanshu – I know the process. I was wondering whether NI will release the update.zip separately or it’s only available through that automatic update. I am not savy enough to be able to pulll the NIA920270511 (update.zip) file from NI servers unless they’re offering it as a separate downloadable file – you know what I mean?

      Of course, if I can’t do it, I’m sure the folks at Tabletroms are good enough to manage that. Guys, you listening?

      Now for Eden 1.5!!!

  2. krozwest said, on May 28, 2011 at 12:30

    +1

  3. himanshushah17 said, on May 28, 2011 at 12:39

    Looks like lot happening.. Waiting to lay my hands on one as soon as I can save for it :)
    yippee… first time in the top 5

  4. tehredherring said, on May 28, 2011 at 12:40

    Sweet! Never too late to hear official honeycomb news.

  5. Udayan U said, on May 28, 2011 at 12:47

    I agree with Himanshu. But still this is great news. I know my comment will still go in to moderation. Thanks for the update Rohan !!!

    • Phillip said, on May 28, 2011 at 14:50

      Hey, your comment didn’t go into moderation!


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