Here’s another Android tablet that’s running on ICS: Notion Ink’s newest Adam II. In partnership with Texas Instruments, Notion Ink has created the tablet and is planning to integrate it with a customized version of the latest OS.
Apart from running on ICS, the tablet will be using a chip from TI’s OMAP44xx range. This makes it different from the other tablets running on either Tegra or NVIDIA series. Moreover, the tablet will be equipped with Notion Ink’s very own ‘Modular Based Software Architecture,’ a feature which will enable apps to benefit from hardware features. Through this software feature, non-programmers can easily create their own apps and games.
The hope of Adam II tablet is to expand the whole application development and make use of a single hardware that can provide a real ‘user customizable’ experience. This, along with a drag and drop feature, can truly revolutionize the usability of Open Source Module upon the tablet’s deployment.
Considering its previous lessons learned from the original Adam tablet, Notion Ink has learned how to deal with the tablet market and is now setting high hopes for the second generation device.
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As someone who waited all of 2011 for my Adam 1 to get working (still doesn’t) , I have to call BS on this. Mind you, I was a Notion Ink fanboy, and the tablet was $450 delivered .
That’s a nice piece of humor about this tablet — oh wait, you weren’t joking?
I was wildly enthusiastic about Notion Ink’s Adam 1 tablet, since it’s hardware specification was mightily impressive at the time, and so much was promised by NI’s CEO Rohan Shravan via his WordPress blog. It turned out that the vast majority of those promises were merely vacuous hot air, the Adam 1 order process was massively FUBAR, and the Adam 1 tablet failed to meet the Google criteria for an Android tablet (so all official NI Android OS releases were crippleware, never containing Android Market / Google Play, and so cutting the Adam 1 off from the regular route to the Android app ecosystem). Were it not for the fabulous work of the technically gifted gift economy enthusiasts known as ‘The ICS Team’ at the XDA Developers forum, the Adam 1 would have been worse than useless. All it gave me was a glimpse of how great an ICS tablet could be, and a chastening reminder not to trust self-promoting technology charlatans like Mr Shravan. I subsequently bought the drop-dead-brilliant Samsung Galaxy Note phablet, and gifted my Adam 1 tablet to my tech enthusiast nephew. So a word to the wise – DO NOT TRUST any of Notion Ink’s “promises”, and I’d recommend only buying an Android tablet from a manufacturer who can build one that passes Google’s free Android conformance tests; so far, that’s something NI has singularly failed to do.