First look at Kobo’s new note taking ability

iPad owners, eat your hear out.

Chippy of UMPC Portal got his hands on the new HTC Flyer, the one with dual touchscreen layers. He puts this Android tablet though its paces, and 1 of the apps he shows off is a reading app based on Kobo. The new app supports scribbled notes.

Now, this isn't all that new of a feature; some ereaders have been doing this for years. But when it comes to the Big 3 (Kindle, B&N, Kobo), it is new. None of them have apps that can do this yet. TBH, Kobo can't quite do this either. All these features are based on code written for the HTC Flyer.

The video is after the break; skip to about 5:10 to see the Kobo app.

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6 Comments

  1. Mike Cane18 May, 2011

    It’s a bloody screensnap of the app. So this is the same thing that would happen if Chippy was using: Nook, Sony, Kindle, Aldiko, Adobe Reader X, or any other damn eBook, PDF, reading, any app.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder18 May, 2011

      No, I’m pretty sure it’s not just a screen snap. Look at the way the bookmarks and annotations are attached to particular locations in the book.

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      1. Mike Cane18 May, 2011

        I was WRONG! That’s actually a CUSTOMIZED version of Kobo for HTC that is pen-enabled. Yeah, that’s news.

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  2. Phildo21 May, 2011

    He doesn’t seem very at ease with his fingers, and this stylus… Sometimes using his finger, sometimes the stylus, difficulties holding the tablet at the same time. Not sure it’s very ergonomic…

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  3. […] have been working on it for over a year, I’m hoping against hope that the Vox will have the enhanced Kobo app that can be found on the HTC Flyer.  That app is incredibly sophisticated and does a lot more in terms of annotation than any of the […]

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  4. […] The Flyer runs Android v2.3 on a single core CPU, and it has a 7″ capacitive touchscreen, 16GB Flash, no card slot, Wifi/Bluetooth, speakers, and a pair of cameras (1.3MP & 5MP). The hardware doesn’t look all that impressive, but I think the software probably made up for it. The Flyer ships with a number of customized and sophisticated note taking abilities that some appmakers have integrated into their apps. for example, Kobo released an app just for the Flyer which can do fascinating things with scribbled notes. […]

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