ebook reader

Netronix ereader combines e-ink display with Wacom pen

If you've ever wanted a truly digital notebook without much of the excess baggage of full blown tablets, then you better start crossing your fingers that Netronix makes its latest wonder device a commercial reality. Its unnamed 6.8-inch slab boasts of an e-ink screen that you can read on as well as a pressure sensitive Wacom stylus to write with.

Kobo Glo can now run Android

Arduous tinkerers have found a way to somewhat forcibly make the Kobo Glo e-reader run a full Android OS. While it does open up the device to a whole new world of possibilities, hardware limitations naturally prevent the 6-inch tablet from becoming more than what it is, even with Android's help.

NOOKColor humming on Gingerbread thanks to CyanogenMod7

The flexibility of the Barnes and Noble NOOKColor shows itself again as the Android eReader has been rooted to become a full-on Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) tablet. The mod, based on CyanogenMod7, has completely wiped out the BN ebook reader overlay and has also overclocked the NOOKColor's 800 Mhz processor in order to get it run smoothly. The only real issue appears to be a hardware limitation, since Gingerbread requires multiple hardware buttons and the NOOKColor only has a single button plus volume controls. But other than that, the NOOKColor is humming along rather nicely at 1.1 Ghz speed.

BeBook to release 7-inch tablet this summer

It looks like the success of the Barnes and Noble NOOKColor reader/homebrew tablet hasn't escaped the notice of BeBook. The eBook reader has announced that they will be jumping into the Android tablet pool with a model of their own, called the BeBook Live, and they're doing it for less than $280. Now, granted, it'll be running Android 2.2 (Froyo) out of the box and will only have a single core 1Ghz Samsung Cortex processor, but for that kinda change, it makes a very good entry level tablet for those looking to explore the Bot on a tablet level. And like other lower budget tablets, that doesn't preclude that Honeycomb won't come as an update, or, as the NookColor has proven, be cooked into it via a homebrew hack.

Notion Ink Adam Tablet gets a Honeycomb port

Man, when we reported earlier this week that Notion Ink was back with more Adam news, we didn't know they'd be back with a vengeance. But that seems to be the case as we've got two more bits of news about the home grown Android Tablet. The first bit of news is that a stalwart Android fan named MrGuy, has managed to port Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) onto his Adam. He's managed to boot up the system, install all his apps, and troubleshoot OpenGL issues which prompted Force Close. Pretty cool.

Notion Ink Tablet gets Gingerbread update, does anyone care anymore?

Notion Ink has added a new chapter to their two year old odyssey of building their Adam Android tablet from scratch. Notion has confirmed an update providing Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a new browser, and even a new eBook reader client. As you well know, Notion has been blogging the process step by step, giving users an inside peek on how tablets are created. For awhile, we thought they'd disappeared. Then last month, they announced updates to their tablet were forth coming. But since Adam was launched, Notion has run into customer service and shipping issues which has caused many who were eagerly awaiting release to seek other options. So the question is ... does anyone really care?

Rooted NOOKcolor Tablet gets Bluetooth, can make calls

There's a great line in the movie Apollo 13 where Gene Kranz, the flight director of the mission, says "I don't care what it's designed to do, I care what it CAN do!" That couldn't be more true for the Barnes and Noble NOOKcolor eBook reader which is turning into a pretty adaptable Android tablet. The latest hack comes from CM7 Developer "Kmoobs" who managed to bring bluetooth capability to it through CM7 Nightly for Encore which takes advantage of the hidden bluetooth capability of the NookColor's WiFi chip. The capability is turned off in the software and CM7 Nightly for Encore re-enables it.

Amazon Kindle for Android 2.0 released: Periodical support & SD saving

Amazon's Kindle for Android app has been updated to v2.0, complete with newspaper and magazine support together with "Move to SD Card" functionality enabled. The ereader app now allows access to Amazon's 100+ periodical titles, and shifts the Amazon store into the app itself rather than kicking you into the web version when you want to buy a new ebook. Meanwhile there's also support for sharing your reading progress with social networks. The UI has been tweaked, with the option to use your Android smartphone's volume keys to control page turns, and the chapter title now included in the reader status bar; there's also zoom functionality for images and graphics. Amazon Kindle for Android 2.0 is a free download in the Android Market.

Gingerbread Laden Phone with Huge Display to be Samsung “Flagship” for Early 2011 [UPDATES: Pic 2, Name?]

So our pals over at Engadget have been given a "1st Half Flagship" deck image here with some rather interesting news on it. It appears to be a giant phone with "ultra sleek design", running Android (2.3) Gingerbread, and toting either a 4.3" or 4.5" WVGA sAMOLED2 screen. The guesses appear to be that the little s before AMOLED2 might mean SUPER, and it's unclear as to why two different screen sizes are listed on the same page. The phone boasts 1080p playback and recording, it's a "Universal e-book Reader," and it's got a massively awesome 8 Megapixel photo camera with LED flash.

Samung S-Pad Android Tablet?

Rumor have, Samsung is entering the tablet world with a 7inch Android based device. This tablet is codenamed the S-Pad. It will have an AMOLED display, 3G and Wi-Fi. Not much else is known about this rumored device.