First an announcement:
Beansoft is a young, innovative software company. It’s main purpose is to make applications which optimizes the usability of mobile phones and tablets. Their goal is to meet the individual needs and wishes of as many customers as possible.
Last year, Beansoft launched a phone and tablet keyboard with a revolutionary new layout; a split keyboard which makes typing much easier on tablets and phones. By listening to its users Thumb Keyboard was further improved, leading to a complete, multifunctional and very flexible keyboard. Beansofts successful keyboard concept has rapidly become the example for other software and hardware companies and is becoming a new standard for the tablet.
Today Notion Ink is proud to announce its collaboration with Beansoft to release a Notion Ink Adam SE Thumb Keyboard. All users who upgrade their devices to next version will be able to use the trial version of the Thumb Keyboard.
Now some news on the sales:
- We are opening sales now for our Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Russian customers. There will be one extra step for the Russians, since it is really complicated to ship anything to Russia. We would like to know what your preferred shipment mode is, and then calculate and inform you the time required to ship the products (The 2 widest parts in Russia are 5000 miles apart!) before you can click on the button “buy”.
- Operations at Australian and German Service Centers have begun. Germany will also look after other European Countries from now on.
- Indian customs fared better this time by releasing products faster. (If you have any issue in tracking your shipment, please write to support immediately).
Now let’s take a look at our new boot screen:
Honestly, the HC work is heavily inspired and built upon what the folks at TabletRoms have done. You will also find elements of BeastRom. What we know is that Honeycomb will not be released to the public. There is some work required before they can share it, and that is going to happen only when Ice-Cream Sandwich is out.
This means, that like theirs, even our work is in beta. What you will get is a fast and stable OS, and you should be able to enjoy all the apps. On Conclave, along with the image, we will also upload simple tips so that you can run your devices faster. However, those who want to enjoy pure GPS and the Camera, will have to be a little patient.
If you compare any Android tablet out there (doesn’t matter quad-core or even hexa-core if it exists) with the rival iPad, specially when you move stuff on the home screen (icons on iPad and widgets on HC), you will always find HC lagging. As the number of elements increase, or if you come back to the home screen after running even moderately memory intensive applications, you can see the shutters/lags in the movement. We have tried to delve deeper to understand why this happens, and it looks like as long as Garbage Collectors exists, this is going to be an issue (not touching the controversial topic of using the GPU for the UI). Garbage Collector’s can take anywhere between 7-500ms to do its work. We are expecting at-least 20 frames per second which means, you can loose upto 10 frames when we move things. This was one of the reason you could see the lag in the Eden UI Panels.
Today I hate Android (for its conflicting free nature) as much as I love it (again for its conflicting free nature). But if you have seen documentaries like Objectified you’d know that designing a good product involves doing extremely large number of simple things the right way, or simply put, in the details. Lets consider a case where you want to buy a DSLR. You would probably do a search for say “Canon vs Nikon”. However, in the tablet world today, there exist no 2 right comparisons, with one company or product leading everyone else combined. This must be changed. We are on it, we know what to do, but we also know that its going to be an extremely tough and brutal fight. We thank you for your support and hope that you enjoy this wonderful journey with us.
With Warm Regards,