Earlier this year we showed you how you could hack a Nook into a full Android tablet; now Barnes and Noble has decided to go that route themselves with an official Nook-to-Tablet update.
The new update brings the Android guts of the Nook Color up to Android OS 2.2/Froyo, includes a better web browser with Flash and support for a Nook Color marketplace gaming, weather, and information apps. At this point the Nook Color is restricted to the Nook marketplace and doesn’t have access to the greater Android Marketplace. Apparently porting apps is fairly trivial–developers just need to disable the features that aren’t available on the Nook and adjust it for the resolution–but it remains to be seen if developers will actually be interested in investing energy porting apps to a semi-niche market like that of an ebook reader masquerading as a tablet.
Hit up the link below to grab the update for your Nook or for an in depth look at the decision to roll out a real tablet experience on the Nook check out the via link at Wired Magazine.
Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 04/26/11