has announced it is working on Android 3.0 Honeycomb for the Adam tablet, though an exact release date for the software update is still unknown. The news confirms, however, that the Tegra 2 slate will bypass Gingerbread altogether and look instead to Honeycomb, Google's tablet-centric version of Android. Doing so would be is understandable, given Notion Ink's work on the Eden UI and multitasking system, intended to turn the smartphone-suited OS into something workable for a 10-inch display. Notion Ink says it is working with NVIDIA at the moment for the necessary Tegra 2 polish. The company has also announced that some Adam touchscreens were damaged in transit, and which will affect deliveries of certain pre-orders; Notion Ink's touchscreen suppliers are working over the Chinese New Year to replace them. No word on other display issues some owners have reported, however.
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Notion Ink's Adam tablet has been successfully rooted, and with it the Android Market added to the slate's software. The handiwork of NotionInkHacks, the root not only opens up Adam to modification but makes a few extra tweaks, for instance adding the Gingerbread keyboard as an option, and restoring the YouTube app. There's also a home switcher and Live Wallpaper support, along with a slight increase to the frame buffer rate which might just make the screen a little smoother. On the flipside, it's expected that using the new firmware will break the official Notion Ink OTA updates, but we're guessing that most users will be content with using offline updates if it means they get access to the Android Market. [youtube L4FyhHN4Dlg] [Thanks Kam!]
a 3D-related section leak earlier, the remainder of NVIDIA's 2011 roadmap for mobile processors has emerged, and it's not just three-dimensions that the company is considering. According to the document - believed by Bright Side of News to have been prepared for MWC 2011 next month - NVIDIA expects to begin sampling the Tegra 3 SoC in Q4 2011, with two versions suiting tablets and smartphones respectively. The Tegra 3 T30 is headed to tablets, promising up to four 1.5GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores along with support for Blu-ray video and capable of driving a 1920 x 1200 panel, with 3x faster graphics and an ULP (Ultra Low Power) mode. Meanwhile the Tegra 3 AP30 is for phones, with either dual- or quad-cores, and capable of 1366 x 868 resolution displays. Both mean super-high resolution slates and handsets are possible, and both are expected to sample by the end of the year and then likely show up in new products come CES 2012. [via SlashGear]
has pushed out a new firmware release for the Vega Tegra 2 tablet, v1.08, said to clear up several of the slate's bugs as well as improve screen responsiveness while on mains power. The release also updates the Vega's WiFi driver. However, the new firmware still doesn't include official Adobe Flash Player 10.1 functionality, which Advent yanked back in December over missing certification. That will be "available soon" the company says.
According to Notion Ink, the company's Adam tablets will ship out today, now that FCC approval codes can be printed onto the slate itself. As well as those pre-orders that are listed as shipping in January in their online status summary, Notion Ink is aiming to push out those orders estimated for February delivery. That's because the company apparently built in some extra time padding into the schedule, based on over-cautious fears about FCC delays. So, who'll be watching the post box eagerly? [gallery]
Expansys has put the LG Optimus 2X up for pre-order, with the Tegra 2 powered Android smartphone expected to arrive on February 21 2011. Priced at £499.99 ($779) SIM-free and unlocked, the Optimus 2X runs Android 2.2 on the NVIDIA dual-core 1GHz chip and has a 4-inch display and 8-megapixel camera. There's also an HDMI port and support for 1080p HD recording and playback. More on the Optimus 2X in our hands-on over at SlashGear. LG Optimus 2X hands-on: [vms e2df9b6c000b75b5da10]