Googlie Booglie!

COMPLETELY REVISED with Google Play Services v4.0.33 and Google Play Store v4.4.21! Step-by-step instructions on how to install Google Apps on the nabi 2 and nabi JR Tablets running Android 4.0 OS (aka Ice Cream Sandwich). NOTE: The previous issue that was being experienced with the Google Play Store app has been resolved and can be fixed by following the steps in this post.

Access Denied!

APPLICATION PROTECTION - Step-by-step instructions on how to setup Application Protection on the nabi 2 Tablet. Add the Amazon Appstore to Application Protection to prevent your child from accidentally gaining any access to the Appstore when they click on the MORE GAMES button in their favorite game.

BlueStacks Attack!

Wanting to sideload Google Play Store apps onto the nabi 2 Tablet, but don't have an Android smartphone! Install BlueStacks on your PC or Mac and sideload away!

nabi 2, nabi JR and nabi XD OTA Updates

Step-by-step instructions on how to perform the latest Over-the-Air Updates nabi 2 (v2.1), nabi JR (v1.2) and the nabi XD (v1.4).

Installing and Configuring the Amazon Appstore

Step-by-step instructions on how to install and configure the Amazon Appstore on all nabi Tablets for any region.

Going to the Movies

Review some of the options for backing up your DVD collection for viewing on the nabi Tablet.

nabi Shop

Officially open for business! Purchase a variety of colored Bumpers, Screen Protectors, and KINABI Letter Packs, as well as, the nabi 2 Tablet directly from Fuhu, Inc. More accessories to be added soon!

nabi Labs

Link to the nabi Tablet YouTube channel and Professor Joe's famous nabi 2 Drop Tests.

2012/07/15

Pre-Launch Nabi 2 Tablet FAQs

Here is a great list of recent Frequently Asked Questions related to the launch of the nabi 2 Tablet., put together and answered by fellow Fan-a-Tech Levi Wallach.
Q: When and Where can I purchase the nabi 2 Tablet?
A: The tablet is currently available online at Amazon.comBestbuy.comGamestop.comTarget.com and Walmart.com.  It is also available in many Best Buy and Walmart store locations, with number of stores carrying it increasing every week.
The nabi 2 Tablet is scheduled to also be released in Canada at Future Shop and Best Buy Canada in late August, as well as, Argos and Tesco in the UK.  There will be further availability at retailers in Europe (France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Scotland) and Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan) by the end of the year.

UPDATE August 24, 2012 -  Future Shop and Best Buy in Canada, along with Argos and Tesco in the UK have been provided the nabi 2 Tablets for sale.  These retailers just haven't rolled the product out to their stores or made them available on their web-sites yet.  Fuhu was told that they would be out by the end of August, but unfortunately has no control over the situation, other than ensuring that the retailers have the inventory they've ordered.  This is the same type of scenario that played out in the US with the Walmart launch, which was delayed by Walmart for about a month.  There is still a week left, but the beginning of sales may unfortunately drag out into September.

Q: When will Toys R Us have the Nabi 2?

A: Toys 'R Us, the exclusive retailer for the original nabi Tablet, will no longer be carrying any nabi related merchandise including the nabi 2 Tablet. 

Q: How much with the nabi 2 Tablet cost?
A: The suggested retail price is $199US.

Q: Will I be able to buy the nabi 2 Tablet or will it be extremely hard to get after the first day or two?   WIll I need to camp out overnight at my local Walmart?
A: Fuhu has partnered with many large retail chains and committed to producing very large numbers of nabi 2 Tablets for them from now until Christmas. You should have any problems whatsoever.

Q: What is all this VIP stuff and upgrades all about?
A: Fuhu went above and beyond to offer a special plan to their early adopters of their original Nabi tablet. The offer was promoted heavily here on Facebook for three months until the deadline was reached on May 31st. There is no organized upgrade program outside of those who signed up for them before that date.

Q: Where can I buy accessories?
A: A collection of colored bumpers, kinabi puzzle pieces, screen protectors and other accessories will be offered for the nabi 2 online ONLY on the nabi Tablet web-site first and then all retail partner web-sites after that.  Accessories will not be sold in store until October and only then at a select few. 

Q: Will the nabi Tablet bumpers fit the nabi 2 Tablet?
A: No.  There have been some major design changes made to the new tablet, such as it being slightly larger in size; it now has stereo speakers; some of the port locations have been revised; and the back grid has been added.

Q: What is the nabi XD Tablet and how is it different from the nabi 2 Tablet?
A: The nabi XD Tablet is the next device tablet that will be coming out sometime near the end of the year or early in 2013. The differences between the two tablets will be:
1. Size: 9.7-11.6" for the XD vs. 7" for the nabi 2.
2. Target Market - Tweens and teens for the XD vs. 3-9 years old for the nabi 2.
3. Parental Controls - Fewer controls and social media for the XD vs. nabi Mode and Maxthon Kid-Safe Browser.
4. Cameas - Front and Back Facing cameras for the XD vs. Front Facing camera only, with accessory camera in development for nabi 2.
5. OS - Possibly a different interface for the XD vs Monarch 2.0 interface for the nabi 2.
6. Fooz Kids University - Grade 6 and up for the XD vs. Kindergarten to Grade 5 on the nabi 2.
7. Price - $249-299 for the XD vs. $199 for the nabi 2.
Also note that the XD is still in the planning stages and so some or all of the items listed above could change slightly - this is the same reason why more details haven't been revealed yet. 

Q: Should I buy the nabi 2 now or wait for the XD?
A: The answer is of course "it depends." Some items that might help determine this are: How old is your child?  Is your child more advanced or have learning delays, etc.?  Do you need the tablet as a present for a date in the future (the holidays for example) or as soon as possible?


Q:What kind of camera does the nabi 2 have?
A: The nabi 2 comes with a 2.1 Megapixel front-facing camera for use in Skyping, self-portraits, etc. It doesn't have a back-facing camera. This was done because Fuhu wanted to provide an excellent camera for the back in order to work with an "Augmented Reality" game that they are introducing (called "Battle Kinabi's"), which requires a specialized high resolution camera. To add this to the Nabi 2 would have required a significant price increase, which would have moved it out of the current sub-$200 market. Instead they are planing on coming out with a separate camera that can be mountable to the tablet, put on a tripod or put in a camera housing. Their goal is to sell it at cost in order to make it as affordable as possible, and to introduce it in the Fall. However, due to the fact that it is still in the planning stages, there are no hard and fast dates, specifications, etc.

Q: WIll the nabi 2 be able to download apps from Amazon's App Store or Google Play?
A: While it doesn't come pre-installed, the Amazon Appstore can be loaded on the nabi 2 Tablet. Google Play is not officially supported, however, customers were able to get the Google Play store on the original Nabi by "sideloading" a version of it that they downloaded manually - a relatively easy process. There is every expectation that a similar workaround will surface for the Nabi 2.  Fuhu has also redesigned and loaded their App Zone, so there will be no shortage of apps available.

Q: I heard there are still some bugs on the nabi 2 Tablet, should I wait until the bugs are fixed before buying one?
A: The Fan-a-Techs have been busy testing various updates and Fuhu has fixed most if not all of the issues that have popped up. They will be putting out an OTA (Over-the-Air) update to the nabi 2's firmware as soon as everything is tested and working to expectations. If you buy a nabi 2 Tablet now you may have a tablet that has some of these issues for a week or two, until the first OTA update is pushed out. Please know that these issues are mostly relatively minor ones, such as occasional wifi connectivity issues.

UPDATE August 6, 2012 -
The first OTA Update has been released which includes the following enhancements, additions and fixes.


  • Improved stability of the Monarch OS.
  • Smoother video streaming with an update to the Adobe Flash Player.
  • 2.5 second hold on cold boot power-ups, from the previous 10 second hold.
  • nabi MD self-diagnostic app for easy troubleshooting.
  • Sprinkle game app provided as a free addition.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity and hibernation crash fixed.
  • Unauthorized access to Mommy/Daddy Mode from nabi Mode fixed.
  • Music playback stability while in Sleep mode fixed.

Q: How much of the listed 8GB of storage is actually available?
A:
 The total available storage on the nabi 2 Tablet is 4.49GB.  The tablet does start with 8GB of storage, but 1GB is used for the Android OS, another 1.5GB is used for Factory Reset data and finally 990MB is used for all of the pre-loaded apps, music and video files.  This is pretty much in-line with the Google Nexus 7 which comes with 5.9GB of total available space, but does not include all of the pre-loaded content.

2012/07/13

Inspired!

With Fuhu Inc. announcing their Inspire Special Needs Program to support research and generate awareness for autism, I thought I'd share some existing communication and visual scheduling apps that you and your child can trial and purchase today for the nabi Tablets.

I've compiled a sampling of what is available, based on app reviews, developer sites and what I perceived to be quality apps.  In the near future, I'll be expanding the list to include Emotion and Social Behavior apps, among others.

If you have any apps that your child loves to use and would recommend to other parents, please be sure to comment below.


AAC Apps 
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication, other than oral speech, that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas.  We all use AAC when we make facial expressions or gestures, use symbols or pictures, or write. 1


Alexicon AAC for Android (Free Trial)
nabi & nabi 2 Tablet compatible and available through Google Play.
This app is free to download and trial with 32 demo pages.  If you decide to expand to the full implementation it will costs $34/month for one user/year.  This service is not device dependent, so you could access it on your computer, laptop, smartphone, etc.

nabi & nabi 2 Tablet compatible and available through the Amazon Appstore & Google Play.

An evaluation version is also available through the Amazon Appstore & Google Play.
JABtalk (Free)
nabi & nabi 2 Tablets compatible and available through the Amazon Appstore & Google Play.

Quick Talk AAC ($14.99)
nabi & nabi 2 Tablets compatible and available through the Amazon Appstore & Google Play.
Tap to Talk (Free Trial)
nabi & nabi 2 Tablets compatible and available through the Amazon Appstore & Google Play.  This app is free to download and trial with a sample album.  If it is the right fit for you and your child, then you'll want to customize your albums with the Tap to Talk Designer which is $99.95/year subscription or a one-time purchase of $179.95.  This service is not device dependent, so you could access it on your computer, laptop, smartphone, etc.

Tasuc Communication ($13.99) nabi 2 Tablet compatible and available through Google Play.





Tobii Sono Flex ($99.99)
nabi 2 Tablet compatible and available through the Amazon Appstore & Google Play.
An evaluation version is also available through the Amazon Appstore & Google Play.

Tobii Sono Flex is the closest equivalent to the Proloquo2Go app offered for the iPad, at half the cost.



Voice4U ($49.99) nabi & nabi 2 Tablets compatible and available through the Amazon Appstore & Google Play.
Yes-No Your Way ($1.99)
nabi 2 Tablet compatible and available through the Amazon Appstore & Google Play.





Visual Scheduling Apps
A visual schedule is a set of pictures that communicates a series of activities or steps of a specific activity.  They are meant to help children understand and manage the daily events in their lives. 2

First Then Visual Schedule ($9.99)
nabi 2 Tablet compatible and available through the Amazon Appstore & Google Play.
iPrompts: ASD Visual Support ($9.99)
nabi 2 Tablet compatible and available through the Amazon AppstoreGoogle Play.


Tasuc Schedule (Free Trial / $23.99)
nabi 2 Tablet compatible and available through Google Play.

An evaluation version is also available through Google Play.



Emotion Apps
AutismXpress Pro (Free Trial / $1.99)
nabi & nabi 2 Tablet compatible and available through Google Play.
An evaluation version is also available through Google Play.
Cam's Developmental Preschool ($1.99)
nabi & nabi 2 Tablets compatible and available through the Amazon Appstore & Google Play.




1. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
2. Healing Thresholds - Connecting Community and Science to Heal Autism

2012/07/07

Spreading its Wings: A Nabi 2 Tablet Unboxing Review

Starting July 6th, the Fan-a-Techs began putting the nabi 2 Tablet through its paces in various real-world environments, outside of the manufacturing facility.  This testing will highlight any possible issues that may need to be fixed or enhancements that should be implemented within the Android 4.0.0 OS (ICS), nabi Monarch 2.0 OS or the included 3rd party apps prior to going on sale on July 24th.


This post is just a quick unboxing review to show you the nabi 2 Tablet packaging and what’s included inside.

As usual, the people behind the original nabi Tablet have gone beyond what we have come to expect from other manufacturers, by putting considerable thought into their packaging design, graphics and the final product.  They've listened to and implemented many of the suggestions parents brought forward with the original nabi Tablet. 150 new customizations and features are packed into the this completely redesigned product.

I'll provide an actual operating review of the tablet later this coming week.
I still fall into the appropriate for age group! 
Highlighting some of the pre-installed apps.
A familiar face ...
... and another!
It's a tight fit, but the outer sleeve does slide off.
It's an art studio.  It's a library.  It's a University.  It's a movie theater.  It's a game console.  It's a sturdy well designed and crafted box.
Great packaging design with integrated magnet and hinge that closes the lid flap tight. 
STOP: Do not contact the retailer!
For Support and service please contact us... e-mail, website, Facebook and phone!
A little Asian flair.
Ta-Dah!
Getting Started package, power adapter and Micro USB cable.
The power cord and Micro USB cable now have ferrite beads.
Getting Started package includes standard safety and handling document, plus layout card.
User Manual access.
nabi 2 Tablet with shipping screen protector.
A small tab located under bottom right hand edge of the screen and silicon cover allows for shipping screen protector to be removed.
Screen protector removed.
Turned on for the first time!  Why does the nabi logo display in portrait mode?
Introduction video presented by Kristen Kemp Becker.
Sign in setup with options for Mommy or Daddy Modes.  Click on the Sign In link, if you already have a nabi ID account.
nabi Mode
Kinabi Grid and stereo speakers. 
Unlike its predecessor, it takes some focused effort to remove the silicone bumper.
Good luck little kiddies!
The side ports include a headphone jack, a Mini HDMI port, a Micro USB port, a Micro SD Card slot and DC 5V 2.0A power port.
The power and volume buttons.
Two generations side by side.  Note that there is a new battery light and no hardware buttons.
Added stereo speakers and the Kinabi Grid.  Removed the Reset button.
nabi 2 Tablet's dimensions with cover are approximately 8.675" x 6.000" x 1.125", where as the nabi Tablet's were 8.375" x 5.500" x 1.125".
Different port configurations.
The nabi 2 Tablet weighs in at 1lb 5oz, just 1.875oz more than its predecessor.  This plus the slightly larger dimensions and the grid make the nabi 2 tablet feel more robust.

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