Notion Ink

Here is the Alpha!

Posted in Uncategorized by Rohan Shravan on January 14, 2012

Hello,

Alpha ROM as expected is available for download. MrDead Locked played a lot on this new latest ROM, so lets start with a video first:

I am sure you will love this ROM.

Major fixes include:

  • Audio
  • Sensors (including Compass)
  • Bluetooth
  • Sleep bug partially fixed (you need to change the wi-fi policy for this)
    • In case you have installed and device is not coming out of sleep, there is a re-set button near the MicroSD card. Press it to reset the device. Once it boots, turn on wifi, go to advanced settings, set “Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep” to “Never”. It’s a known bug (mentioned in the blog as well) and will be resolved in the next drop. 

      You must keep the “Wi-Fi on during sleep” set to Never.

  • Hardware Acceleration
  • Accelerated Video
  • Wi-Fi
  • HDMI Video (no sound)
  • Capacitive Buttons
  • Back Buttons
  • SD Card Mount
  • GPS
  • 120dpi launcher fix
  • 0.39 Kernel
What’s left:
  • 3G, though it’s working on kernel level now
  • Camera
  • USB plugged-in at boot
  • USB mass storage and MTP
  • USB Flash Drive
  • Light Sensor
  • Sleep Bug
  • Video Acceleration for High Quality YouTube Video
  • HDMI Sound
You can download the update from these links:
Please be sure to read THIS before you install.
Further, you can follow development and comments on LINK on TR. Special thanks to RaYmAn, MrDead Locked, MrGuy, kushiels, Ankit and Rohit. 
Let’s discuss some stuff on Camera:
  • Camera implementation in ICS is very different from the older ones. There are new features and only stable platform is OMAP since they had a head start in getting ICS, add to it the lack of support from NVidia on any Harmony platform.
  • New added features in ICS are Face Detection (which is OMAP implementation), Zero Shutter Lag, Migration to Kernel 3.0, Sensor Polls the Accelerometer Input, Multiple Auto Focus Region Support, Multiple Metering Area Support, Face Unlock, Launching Camera from Locked Screen and new application of course.
  • All these changes on the User Space demands a lot of changes on the proprietary architecture of Tegra, which of course is proprietary.
  • This ultimately means that a lot of effort will be involved in fixing the camera, but we stay positive on fixing it asap.

There is a change in NInk’s strategy which was reflected in CES as well. You will seeing even lesser of NI in press. All meetings were private and confidential, and purely meant for business (in fact only business development team was at CES). Hence no public releases from CES, but there will be one coming next week, after which we will be sharing the developments on the next generation.

Post the mentioned public release, we will be starting another blog. It will focus only on development, and we will again see a new device coming to life. Unlike last time where the hardware was mostly done out-house, this time every resistor, IC, bus lane, etc is designed and selected on the very computer working on this blog. We will try to involve as many professionals as possible so the new blog can become a reference for new developments!

A very busy and productive year awaits us!

Warm Regards

Rohan Shravan

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  1. Udayan U said, on January 14, 2012 at 12:30

    SC card mount works…This is great news !

    • levpius said, on January 17, 2012 at 02:53

      The only thing is that your external SD card is the \sdcard now and not the internal SD card. So If I install programs that i used to have in my internal(in previous ROM), it wont replace those files; it will create files in the external card again.

  2. leeejayl said, on January 14, 2012 at 12:32

    yay

  3. Roopesh Nair said, on January 14, 2012 at 12:34

    Woohoo…I got work to do
    Thanks….NI/TR

  4. havyekmani said, on January 14, 2012 at 12:39

    :)

  5. Atul Tiwari said, on January 14, 2012 at 12:53

    Good to hear from you about this “Work in Progrss”
    Thanks for the update… :)

    • Atul Tiwari said, on January 14, 2012 at 14:08

      Updated to ICS alpha.
      Thanks to NI, TR and MrDead Locked, USB MOUSE IS WORKING. :)
      as my touch screen is not working at the moment and for some reasons i cant send it to repair.


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