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Old 03-03-2010, 08:06 PM   #1
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CeBIT Video: Gigabyte EB10 Android e-ink e-reader



Gigabyte is secretly showing a prototype of Android running on their first e-ink e-reader project. They are trying to adapt Android for e-ink e-readers, to allow users to install whatever RSS feed reader, news aggregator, any source for ebooks, web browsers and more adapted reading on paper-like screens with WiFi or 3G connectivity and perhaps even touch screens. I’d like a browser plugin that lets me bookmark articles in one click to read later on the e-reader thus using such synchronization software within Android that generates the reading queue based on web contents reformatted perfectly to read on such screen like reading on paper.

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Old 03-03-2010, 08:59 PM   #2
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After seeing the ASUS SiPix reader doing partial screen updates, the entire thing refreshing when you move a menu icon makes me wince.
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After seeing the ASUS SiPix reader doing partial screen updates, the entire thing refreshing when you move a menu icon makes me wince.
Yeah, quite annoying.
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Old 03-03-2010, 10:05 PM   #4
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Old 03-04-2010, 02:19 AM   #5
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Notion Ink Adam wasn't running on Android?
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:14 AM   #6
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Old 03-04-2010, 05:11 AM   #7
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Old 03-04-2010, 06:17 AM   #8
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Yeah but the Adam is running a custom version of Android, not even sure the market place will work with that!

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Old 03-04-2010, 09:16 AM   #9
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The Nook and Adam and eDGe are running Android on a LCD screen with an attached EInk screen. This is Android running only on an EInk screen. This isn't a first, but it may be the first on more or less production ready hardware. The lack of a touch screen is weird if you want Android though.

They are not usually advertised this way but the DR1000S and DR800SG can run many GTK+ Linux apps with a simple recompile. These are essentially Linux slates with an EInk screen. However they lack WiFi, which any self respecting slate would need.
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Old 03-04-2010, 12:11 PM   #10
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Runing a "standard" desktop UI is possible on eink screen. But there are NOT enoughtly polished, nor adapted to use an EInk screen and this led to the whole screen refreshed and low, verylow framerate. I have seen device that run WinCE on an eink screen too, and seriously, this is NOT an option. You need adapted, and specialy designs UI for this type of screen. Things will change with high speed reflective screen (like mirasol one) but this is not the case here
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Old 03-04-2010, 02:38 PM   #11
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That was horrible looking--and the darn thing CRASHED in FBReader!

Seriously, what the heck do all these geeks see in Android. Android is an inferior OS with very few apps or developers. And from my experience with it, it is difficult to use and very buggie. I don't think any new OS has ever been good the first few releases. So until Android 3.0 arrives, I'm not going to be too excited about it. Besides, I think it was designed more for cellular phones than computers. Yukk!
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By the time Apple gets done suing HTC and Google, there won't be an Android. Apple invented computing just like Al Gore invented the internet.

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Apple's Steve Jobs merely ripped off what he saw at the Xerox labs. Xerox was too stupid to know what they had invented and never marketed it, otherwise there would be no Apple.
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Maybe Apple will get a new patent for displaying books on a screen, then we are all dead.
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Notion Ink Adam wasn't running on Android?
It is, though the Adam uses a Pixel Qi screen. Which, despite what Endgadget and a few others claimed, is completely unrelated to eInk/electropheretic display technology.

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