Notion Ink

Kernel, Book Reader, New Browser, Gingerbread and much more.

Posted in Uncategorized by Rohan Shravan on April 30, 2011

Hi Everyone!

Seems we will have to make our week-end blog, bi-weekly. 

We have lots to share today!

Let’s start with the Kernel. Here is the source for all of you to download.


We are going to push the next Major update to Eden. It will have:

  • the new e-book client
  • a new Browser (the name of the book client and browser will be released in a separate blog next week)
  • updated Kernel
  • optimally over-clocked Tegra
  • Gingerbread 2.3
  • lots of Usability Issues resolved
  • new multi-tasking environment (easier way to manage all tabs and applications)
  • Chords Music Library and Player (Simple and straight Music Player)
  • Video Library and Player
  • DSP support, so now equalizer will work in better way. Soon we are adding more bass boost in the speakers as well (not a part of this update).
  • Flash pre-installed
  • and more!
The browser is additional one from the default one which come in Eden, but is the one you all have been using. The movement to gingerbread is done to get all apps and kernel closed to Honeycomb. The final issue which still needs to be resolved in supporting Honeycomb is converting the ROM OS to eMMC OS.
What was also missing was the right music and video player. This update will go out with the music player (which will soon have the equalizer). It’s a simple music player with support of all the normal stuff expected (playlist management, etc). Also coming this time is the Video Player, built on Mentor Graphic’s Inflexion technology. The UI is very fluid and handles a very large number of database very easily. 
With the up-date I will be releasing more interesting tweaks and changes which are coming through (along with more PR announcements from 3rd Parties)
Starting 2nd May, posters will run across Bangalore on the plan we discussed in the last blog. It’s a one of its kind and bound to change a lot of things. The real content lies not in the applications or videos. It’s there in your hands, in your experience. Eden is not what you see today. For instance, the first concept was released in CES2010, take a look here:
This is hosted on Slashgear for a long while. 
What you see today is an OS suiting today’s requirements, but that is not what we started building. Today’s Eden was an off-shoot to create an OS on top of Android (there was no Honeycomb back in 2008). What Eden for us is what content will be for you tomorrow. Today most of the needs of an OS is covered by a good browser. Today’s  OS is static, blank and after a while (on any kind of tablet) you are bound to think, what should I do next? We all have waited long enough for digital education and digital books. Eden also serves its purpose for education. This project is 8 months long, and will take a lot of effort.
The most interesting point of being a tech company in this age is, that can’t compare yourself with the similar ones in the past. The information flows faster than possible, the scale is massive (Apple sold 200 “Apple 1″ back then), the expectations are enormous, you need to get the things right the first time and as I love to say, we are an impatient generation, and undeniably I am one too. But what has not changed about companies like us is our determination to succeed, to learn fast, understand the critics, and most importantly, to have a vision.
With Warm Regards
Rohan Shravan

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  1. ThinkDevoid said, on April 30, 2011 at 10:46

    Wow, I cannot wait! So far I haven’t had any problems with my LCD+3G Adam. Thanks for the post :)

    • bruce said, on April 30, 2011 at 18:56

      So now I understand why StephenH was taking time for Cyanogenmod(beta2) for Adam…

      All, my experience with cyanogenmod beta1 is “enticing”. Its very honeycombish. The UI is good. The tablet tweaks are awesome. The DSP that Rohan mentioned above works. I had used music player pro and it rocks. The overclock features is “soooo” good—- my quadrant score went >3400!!! at 1.4 ghz (using set cpu). Also bundled was a theme manager (honeybread theme looks like honeycomb). AND soft buttons like 3.0. Only downside there was sleep/wake issue and 3D hardware rendering.

      SO from Rohan’s post I gather – these issues were solved. AND The ROM update will be based on cyanogenmod 7…….this is a step forward.

      So maybe next update is 3.0……because Google May I/O meet has the potential of announcing the source code of honeycomb!!

      The new Eden UI looks good…..but as everyone knows we need to see and get the feel of its functions…..still I consider this also a step forward. (Rohan dont forget competition – cornerstone…so act fast)

      3D Compass Pro somehow gives a little less “jittery” readings……so maybe software probs?

  2. Atul Tiwari said, on April 30, 2011 at 10:47

    thanks for the information :)

    • Himanshu said, on April 30, 2011 at 10:53

      @Atul How is ur adam mate? Long time no post here :)

    • Atul Tiwari said, on April 30, 2011 at 11:08

      Hey Himanshu.. at present I am using BEAST rom in it. coz i dont have wifi-router or 3g connection.. i have to use Ad-hoc for internet.. therefore i had to root it.
      Also all of my content is in 1tb hard disk which is NTFS formatted.. Beast rom is providing both features.. Hope sometime soon Eden will also add these features.

      But i am a bit sad, coz i m still unable to make use of Adam. Seems it came early in the time line we are living. I am still unable to find a good stylus for making Notes (which was and is my 1st prerequisite). This was the only reason i pre-ordered Adam. I dont have credit card or paypal account to test ifaraday or others.
      Also no words from NI, about which stylus will work better.

      a month back i went to Delhi for training in Apollo hospital. there i tried 2-3 stylus (including one which is officially released for Galaxy Tab)
      All others except Samsung made scratch .. thank god i had screen guard. But Samsung one too.. sometimes work sometimes not.
      Can anyone suggest a good stylus (though i have already asked in one of the forum, still waiting for reply).. for Making Notes, No mood of painting.

      Wat do u do with ur adam ?

      And sorry for being invisible for long time.
      Actually.. It was just yesterday .. i completed my internship. was busy with it… and many pre-pg exams.
      And now i can legally use “Dr” :P

    • karen said, on April 30, 2011 at 11:13

      Hi H,
      congrats finishing your internship :)

    • Atul Tiwari said, on April 30, 2011 at 11:21

      Thanks karen :)

    • jlusco said, on April 30, 2011 at 11:22

      The ifaraday stylus is awsome and they have a dome shaped one that works wonderfully for notes just an fyi

    • Atul Tiwari said, on April 30, 2011 at 11:28

      @ jlusco

      thanks for the info.
      I want to use it.. but i can’t purchase it.
      i only have net banking but no credit card or paypal account. :(

    • Himanshu said, on April 30, 2011 at 11:51

      @Atul Congrats Dr. Atul :)

      I am also using Beast ROm.
      I hope someone can help you to find a good stylus.
      New Eden update seems promising.

      Hope to see you active again :)

    • Tim said, on April 30, 2011 at 18:21

      @Atul, Congratulations, huge accomplishment. :-D

    • Atul Tiwari said, on April 30, 2011 at 11:20

      I like the Eden UI (mainly the Panels and Keyboard)… I want to use the original stock rom… but still waiting when it will solve my purpose of buying it.

      @Rohan – is there any hope that u will have something esp (like an application etc.) for medical graduates, post – graduates and for Doctors in clinical practice.
      It has been 2 months, i have been using Adam, and now i dont carry my laptop….
      Many of my batchmates and Senior Dr. have seen it. It looks amazing to them, in the first look, but it depress them, when they ask – How can it be helpful for Doctors.
      Even Bodybrowser (or its apk) didnt work for me.

      So, if in near future, you have any project for medicos, i will be happy to help you in any manner i can. :)
      all the best for making it better and better :)

    • Himanshu said, on April 30, 2011 at 11:56

      @Atul Bruce is also a doc and using his adam for many of his medical activities like reading books etc. He is an active member in NIh(now tabletrom) and NotionInk Addicts. you can contact him to make your adam more useful to your profession

    • Atul Tiwari said, on April 30, 2011 at 12:17

      @ himanshu
      thanks for notifying me.
      at present i too, using adam for reading books, and watching medical videos, ofcourse in the free time movies too. :)
      not interested in games at present. :P

  3. MS said, on April 30, 2011 at 10:48

    Nice thing to start the weekend :)

  4. Himanshu said, on April 30, 2011 at 10:48

    :) Second?

  5. thenotionboy said, on April 30, 2011 at 10:52

    YES, awesome work notion ink team, keep it up!! :D
    (also third?) :P

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