Sneak Peek at Onyx’s New 2.0 Firmware Upgrade (Video)

Onyx 2 Firmware Upgrade

Onyx recently uploaded a YouTube video showing off some new software features that they’re adding with an upcoming 2.0 software update.

The new firmware will be available on their newer Android 6.0 devices, including the Max2, the various Note models, and the soon-to-be-released Onyx Boox Nova.

The 2.0 software adds a number of new features and a new user interface.

The new UI looks like a big improvement; it’s about time they differentiated the new Android 6.0 software from the old Android 4.0 software.

They added some new features for using the stylus, with the option to select, move, rotate, duplicate, resize, and remove handwritten notes and drawings.

They also added a new recognition feature that lets you run searches through your handwritten notes.

Other improvements include a 30% speed increase when opening PDF files, they’ve added the option to view two pages at once in landscape mode, and now a Bluetooth keyboard can be used to add text notes anywhere on notes page. They also added some new app management and optimization features to speed things up and help make 3rd party apps work better on E Ink.

It looks like an onboard ebook store is getting added to Onyx’s ereaders as well, although that might just be a regional thing.

Firmware 2.0 Upgrade

16 Responses to “Sneak Peek at Onyx’s New 2.0 Firmware Upgrade (Video)”

  1. I finally own Onyx Boox Note and i am glad i bought it. Onyx keep optimizing the Boox Note. You can feel like owning a new e reader every time they release firmware update.
    Reading pdf on 10.3″ screen also a pleasant experience.
    Thank you for your info. I always check your website for news on E Reader world.

  2. Wow this update for the Note taking app, is exactly what I have been looking for, in my Onyx Boox Note.. The ability to search in handwritten notes and select and copy the notes to different pages! Great job Onyx!

    Any idea Nathan, when this might be out for us to install?

  3. given the recent updates is the boox note still recommended over the remarkable as a PDF reader&annotanting?

  4. I’ve been going back and forth on my decision to get a Note or a Remarkable. I love the idea of the Remarkable but I’m not sure I write enough to justify it. The fact the Note has a Kindle app on it makes it much easier to justify the cost.

    How much worse is the writing experience on the Note?

    • The writing experience on the Note is fine; there’s just not as much texture on the screen as the Remarkable and Sony DPT devices to simulate the experience of writing on paper, but using the screen protector does help add a little bit of texture. They’ve also started selling some new tips for the stylus that might provide a more natural writing experience but I haven’t gotten a change to try them yet.

      • Well, a Note and a Note+ just arrived on my desk. Got to love Amazon Prime.

        Only accidentally found out about the plus. The comments on poor fitting protector/device build on the Note make me think the plus with a flush screen could be better, but there is very little info on it out there.

        Of course, the flush screen is glass. So probably worse to write on.

        Will try both over the weekend and see what wins, or if both go back and I try an rM.

        Maybe the protector from the Note on the plus would add the texture?

        (only unboxed the plus so far, impressed with its size, weight and screen)

        • Hey Marc I’d really love to hear your opinion. I will buy one of the two next week and I really wonder which one feels best overall. You can use the new tips on the basic note aswell, they are soft tips so they will not scratch the screen, no need to apply a screen protector (according to onyx on facebook)

          “Onyx boox
          23 ottobre alle ore 03:49 ·
          The Halloween is coming soon. Trick or Treat!
          Come to get free giveaways. Replaceable stylus tips are provided for Note and Max2 series, which are softer than original and wouldn’t scratch Boox screen even without screen protector. “

  5. Oh, the new tips came with the plus something on the back says paper-like experience.

    (The Note came with a case & protector, the plus came with a case and the tips)

    I guess they’ll wear out easier like on the rM.

  6. Hmmm, I really wish they would focus on fixing the cloud syncing functionality and syncing pdf’s automatically with the annotations made rather than having to export every time…. Also being able to sync pdfs with the cloud automatically(like the notes app) would be much appreciated.