Nook Color Updates; Converts Nook to Simple Android Tablet

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By Jason Fitzpatrick on April 26th, 2011

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
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