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Ok, so we have some good news and some not-as-good-as-you-would-like-it-to-be news for Notion Ink Adam owners. Let's start with the good: according to the official Notion Ink blog, the kernel source code for the Adam has been released. Great, right? Now all of the custom fun that you've been waiting for is just around the corner, you just have to wait on developers to download the code and get to work.

Oh, the not-as-good-but-still-decent news? It looks like there is also an update on the way... but it's not a Honeycomb update. I know, it's disappointing, but at least it's something. Notion plans to push an update to Adam devices that will bump them up to Android 2.3, and will include some bug fixes along side a few new features.What kind of features, you ask? Well, you should see a new e-book reader, an easier way to multitask, an improved equalizer, a new browser, an updated kernel, and an "optimally over-clocked Tegra" just to name a few.

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The update to Gingerbread may not be exactly what you were hoping for, but this is part of Notion's plan to eventually bring Honeycomb to the device. Unfortunately, while Notion mentioned several details in its blog, there is one serious detail missing... the release date. There's really only one thing left to do: wait.

Source: Notion Ink Blog

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Jason

    Wish I had never spent a dime on this tablet. It went from everything I dreamed about to "Are you bloody kidding me?!"

    • Smileyguy

      What is wrong with the tablet?

      • Jason

        No Honeycomb. The hardware took them so long to release it's very dated. The screen quality is crap. The pixel Qi and ports are nice, but meh. Eden is the worst UI I've ever used in my life, and yes I'm including windows 3.11 in that.
        The camera swivel while a nice idea, is useless because of the crap camera they put in. No replaceable battery as promised. The "mystery feature" is still a mystery and always will be. And the back touchscreen vanished into the ether.
        The touchscreen is horrible around the edges, like hair ripping horrible. The screen is also the biggest grease trap I've ever seen. And it went from a "matte screen" to a "matte screen protector"
        That's not even getting into the endless delays and horrid customer support from day 1.
        On the bright side, I know not to buy a tablet for another year and a half so they can get a chance to turn into decent products.

        • Rahul

          I quite like the Pixel Qi screen. I agree with everything else you say, but it's all Eden's fault. Go over to tabletroms.com and download Beast 2.2.1 (I'm currently on 2.2), you won't regret it. Night and day difference. Fast, beautifully responsive touchscreen, Android market, can reach any app with 2 touches... Eden really is rubbish but, apart from the camera, I think the hardware is very nice.

  • cricfan

    I believe the release date is May 7th as what I heard in the various comment on the official forum. But thats unofficial

  • Darius_bd

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    Weeeeell, afaik, NotionInk would just start to work with Honeycomb as soon as Google sets it free, and since that aint happening yet, they cant work on bumping Adam to the glory of 3.0

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      They should be able to work on Honeycomb as long as they are good with Google. Google released the HC source to partners.

      • Jason

        You have to apply to be a partner, and according to NI they haven't heard back from google on that yet.

        They're a B player, and get treated like it. and then in turn they treat us customers like it.

        Stay away.

  • cosmic

    Didn't they unknowingly release the entire os/kernel when the first update bricked devices? The recent release is just a publicity stunt?

    • Rahul

      Not the kernel source. Only developers care about the kernel source. The source did leak out about a week before the official release, though. Moreover, while the source is on github, they don't seem to be using it as their development repository: it hasn't been updated since being pushed there. One hopes they do push releases punctually.

      • b1ll

        It's possible that they're using that public git as only their release repo, similar to how Google is using the public git repo for AOSP to push out private branches after they're done developing.

  • http://www.4r4nd0mninj4.ca 4r4nd0mninj4

    The Adam? You mean that dust covered brick that has been sitting under my coffee table waiting for a "software fix" for the last month? You can forget about the 30...I mean 7 day return policy (they just stall you until the return window has passed). You can forget about support (they blame it on you or the software). You can forget about the warranty (as soon as you ask for a return they stop talking to you). They won't let you return it, all you get are stock email replies asking you to wait for the next update. I ask, how can an update fix a hardware issue?!!!

  • Angel

    So sad that the Adam Tablet ended up being such a dud. As much as they hyped this tablet up for a whole year, only to release something that was a total flop. I'm so glad I cancelled my order when I did. I'm so sorry for everyone that thought this thing was going to be the next I-Pad killer. Very disappointing indeed.

    • http://www.4r4nd0mninj4.ca 4r4nd0mninj4

      I never expected it to be an "iPad killer", but I did expect all the features to actually WORK!

  • bk w/ bloody sauce

    I'm pretty happy with my ADAM, of course It's rooted and I'm running Beast Rom on it, Hulu works great also. Tabletroms.com Previously notioninkhacks.com