Android jiggered to handle Layers
Notion Ink has just rolled out yet another of their week-end blog updates. this one reveals details of several applications and the Adam's on-going march to market. First off, Rohan stated that the team at NI has already gone about the business of trying all the FCC tests ahead of time. The Adam passed these first tests, which means it probably won't have any issue with the real ones.
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The Adam has also been set-up with several retailer's online payment systems. There are apparently a bunch of hurdles to jump, but things are already set and good-to-go for launch day. For would-be EAPs have been rejected already for giving out information. What does this mean for you? We're likely to see images and detailed reviews of the Adam hit before NI is ready.
The Canvas application is the one that excites me most of all. It appears to be a merged photo editing + paint app. Layers are even supported, which was not an easy task due to Android's system of memory management. Notion Ink claims you'll be able to "do wonders", but I'd be happy for an Application that works as well as Photoshop for simple image-editing tasks. That would go a long way towards making the Adam a solid content-creating device.
That Calendar app has been designed to be as convenient as possible- which means minimizing the need for an on-screen keyboard. To quote Rohan, "While designing for touch screen devices we need to understand that irrespective of how well we design the keyboard (more on this next week, we have 4 variants!) people won’t like typing a lot."
Which shows admirable understanding of the end-user's headspace. Even the best touch keyboard in the business is a pain in butt to use when you don't need it. Scrollable tabs are going to make their way into a number of Adam apps. Notion Ink seems to realize that people don't really want to use a keyboard unless they are writing or chatting. The less you need to use it, the better.
The Adam's website. It gives you a scrolling list of the Adam's features. There's nothing new here, but it does re-iterate that Adobe Flash and AIR will both be supported at launch. Also, the 185-degree swivelling camera has an "Automatic View Rotation" program that auto-flips your images to be right side up.
As we reported last time an embedded counter on the Adam's website seems to be counting down to December 9. That is either the day Notion Ink reveals the Adam's "hidden feature", or the day it goes up for pre-order / sale. We don't have long to wait now...which is good, because nerd patience won't last forever.
Earlier this week, John Biggs of Crunchgear called out Notion Ink for a number of things. Like launching a full year after they originally promised to launch. He brings up some legitimate questions about the Adam's status as Legit or Vaporware.
This kicked up a flame war, as literally every mildly controversial comment in the Internet's history has a tendency to do. The Notion Addicts turned the comments section for John's article into a roiling hot pot of misplaced anger.
The thing is, John's post wasn't the least bit provocative. He brought up legitimate issues (price, NI's lack of a rep or vast cash reserves and the delays) and was shouted down by people who have no reason to trust Notion Ink but the fact that they seem trustworthy. In other words, the Adam already has fanboys.
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This is a bad thing for journalists with a sceptic streak, but a good thing for Notion Ink. Rabid fans mean that the corporate evangelist is doing his job.