Barnes & Noble just announced a new software update to the NOOK Color that brings Android Froyo, NOOK Apps (aka B&N’s App Marketplace), and Adobe Flash support. In other words, the NOOK Color is a full-fledge $249 Android tablet of the pre-Honeycomb kind. Personally, I’ve always thought the NOOK Color looked great and was priced right. Now, it will definitely be more attractive to a wider audience. The only catch, though, is that the NOOK Apps feature is not an official Android Marketplace app — meaning app developers have to submit apps to B&N directly and it’s unclear if the apps you purchase through the device will sync with your Android phone. If you’re interested in seeing a demo, Engadget has posted a quick walkthrough video.
Barnes & Noble is providing a major firmware update for NOOK Color that contains exciting new features, addresses key customer requests and provides ongoing performance improvements. Among the enhancements, NOOK Color v1.2 now offering popular NOOK Apps, NOOK Email, an enhanced web experience, NOOK Kids Read and Play titles, enhanced NOOK Books, and more. The software update will be automatically downloaded to devices that are registered and connected to Wi-Fi, beginning the week of April 25 and over the coming weeks. There’s no need for you to take any action. The software update is also available immediately via a manual download offered here. Please refer to the instructions below for the manual download. To check the current software version of your NOOK Color, please click here for additional instructions.
Aside: Don’t like the NOOK Color UI? You can always root your device and install Honeycomb — if you’ve got the technical chops.
Tags: Android, Barnes & Noble, eReader, NOOK Color, Tablet
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