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Nook Color Updates; Converts Nook to Simple Android Tablet

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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.

Nook 1.2.0 Update [via Wired]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/26/11

Comments (5)

  1. vistual

    I was at a local outlet over the weekend and was really impressed.
    I even started a thread to hear others thoughts & opinions about it and other readers.
    Phew! … drooling. maybe a geek god know my b-day’s coming up LOL

  2. dragonbite

    How well does the Nook handle Android?

  3. Paul Underdown

    I’m usually not a first adopter, but I took a chance with the Nook color in November as an early gift for my wife. Nothing but pleased so far with it. After this update though, I think I might have to steal it away

  4. Chris Mathews

    Been running a rooted Nook(Rook?) for about a month. It runs great – tried several custom ROMs and settled on phiremod since it seemed most adapted to tablets. Might have to re-flash stock ROM to see what I’m missing…nah.

    Seriously, though this is an awesome deal for someone wanting a tablet without a lot of money.

  5. AbbaDabba

    Got the NookColor when it first came out and was hesitant to root it because of warranty issues. Plus, I wanted a reader and wasn’t much interested in the other functions. When I saw the 1.2 update, I was excited to expand the functionality as B&N was letting you get some Froyo goodness on it. So I did the update last night and then went to download Angry Birds which was free on my mobile. B&N wants $2.99 for it!! Oh well, guess I’ll run Nooter later tonight and get what I want for free. When will they learn?

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