Notion Ink tipped us to Android 2.3 Gingerbread earlier in the week, and now we've heard that pre-ordering for the Adam tablet is set to open tomorrow, Thursday December 9 2010. Our trusted source confirms that Notion Ink's binary countdown will indeed hit zero tomorrow and the company begin accepting pre-orders. Initially, pre-ordering will be limited to those who have registered and commented on the official Notion Ink blog, though after that there will be broader availability. Best of all, our source says Notion Ink is already working on an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update that's expected to be released only weeks after Adam itself. Six variants of Adam will be on offer, consisting of combinations of optional Euro/Asia or US 3G (or standard WiFi-only) and a choice of regular LCD or Pixel Qi displays. More details on Adam here, complete with pricing. [via SlashGear] Update: Notion Ink has updated its blog with an image of what looks like Adam about to be revealed [Thanks Pj!]:
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Notion Ink has been sharing a little more detail on their fast-approaching Adam slate, including new photos of the company's latest manufacturing samples, and word that their software engineers have come up with more than 20 customized apps. As we've seen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, apps that are suited - not just scaled - to a tablet's display make a world of difference in usability, so we're excited to see Adam's custom Email, Calendar, Office, Paint, Gallery, Settings and File Browser software. Meanwhile there's confirmation of a second round of the company's early-access program for developers, simply to accommodate demand for those wanting to create apps for the Adam slate. Pre-orders for Adam will be taken in December. [gallery]
released a list of ways you'll be able to drain your Adam tablet's battery in around six hours, as a counterpoint to earlier talk of over fifteen hours of "normal" use. 1080p HD video playback at full brightness and volume will do it, the company says, together with playing a 3D augmented reality game with camera input and 3G or WiFi for data. Solid YouTube or other Flash video playback over wireless will also sap power quickly, as will streaming 3D maps over 3G and using the hardware GPS receiver. Finally, recording HD video using the Adam's rotating camera and streaming it via WiFi is apparently a sure-fire way to drain the tablet in record time. To be fair, none of that is especially surprising, but it does raise a couple of interesting use-cases, particularly the HD streaming potential. We've seen apps like Qik do real-time video uploads, but the quality is generally well short of HD.
Notion Ink has been teasing with more details about their upcoming Adam tablet, and perhaps most interesting is the expected battery life. According to the company's blog, the current Pixel Qi units are seeing a minimum of 15 hours runtime, stretching into in excess of two days. Meanwhile USB Host functionality is also working, with Adam supporting peripherals like keyboard and mouse, together with external storage such as hard-drives.
Notion Ink has kicked off registration for their developer program, inviting would-be coders for the Adam slate to apply for Early Access. The company has reserved 200 places, and to tempt participation they're giving all 200 an Adam tablet of their own to code on. Applications will be accepted until November 3 2010, with those selected notified a week or so later, and Notion Ink are looking for detailed proposals as to the sort of application you'd be creating; you can't just say "give me the Adam and I'll come up with something!" [Thanks Hardik!]
Hello There! Greetings from Notion Ink! You exchanged some emails with us regarding your interest in writing apps for the Adam. You wanted to know about SDKs, the API, the User Interface... but the most common question of all was, “When can I get my hands on some sample hardware?” At Notion Ink, we’re humbled by your incredible enthusiasm, and the patience you have shown over the months since CES and MWC. We’re delighted to inform you that your wait is coming to an end – we’re launching the Notion Ink Early Access Program today. Underlining our commitment to making the Adam a great platform for developers, the first 200 production quality Adams will go to developers chosen from among you. But 200 is already a small number and the competition to get into this program is really very hot! Till now we have selected a few and they took no time to convince us that they more than deserved to be in there. All what you need, is to register on the newly launched Notion Ink Developers Website and fill up the Early Access Program Form. We will be extremely interested in the application you will be designing (if you are a developer) or the kind of test you will be performing, so be 200% sure that you’ll enter all the details properly (few of the people whom we have selected, sent us their current applications or shared their FSD/PRD to explain their plans). You can return to the form and modify your application until midnight (IST) Wednesday, 3rd of November 2010. On the 10th of November, we’ll let you know if you’ve been selected. If you’re one of the lucky 200, you will just be one short step away from ordering an Adam to be shipped to your address, anywhere in the world! Your application may be more favorably considered as you’ve already had some discussions with us – make sure you use the same email address while signing up as you used during your communication. [Registration link, in case you missed: http://developers.notionink.com] With Warm Regards EAP Team Notion Ink Design Labs