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Amazon announces Kindle specific app for Android and Windows-based Tablets

Amazon announced that they are creating Kindle apps that will be  tailored specifically for Android and Windows-based tablets. Amazon specifically notes that these apps are intended for upcoming devices referring to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that kicks off tomorrow.

From Press Release:

Today, Amazon announced that Kindle apps will also be tailored specifically for Android and Windows based tablets to enable customers to access the Kindle Store, and with it the largest selection of the books people want to read.  Like all Kindle apps, the new Kindle apps built for Android and Windows tablet computers will let customers “Buy Once, Read Everywhere”—on Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry, and Android-based devices. For more information about the free Kindle apps, go to www.amazon.com/kindleapps.

Full Press Release Below:

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Android 2.2 for Nook Color coming in January, current hacks could make it blow up (update)

Barnes & Noble tonight offered a quick correction about the Nook Color’s Android 2.2 update. No formal updates have been made public for January. The company didn’t comment on the plans for 2.2 but said it would still run a curated app model for the eReader, where Barnes & Noble filters what apps are allowed (like the App Store, just saying).

Barnes & Noble reportedly told Smartphone Mag that Android 2.2 will be officially coming to the Nook Color in January.

While the hacking community celebrates the rooting of the Nook Color, it’s worth mentioning that installing Android 2.2 (Froyo) could cause the device to explode.

As a YouTube video shows, installing Froyo and apps (Angry Birds mostly) on the Barnes & Noble e-reader is possible. But it isn’t easy (video).

An unmodified Nook Color will shut down if it believes that the battery is getting too hot. If you install Froyo, the Nook Color recognizes it, but it’ll shut down immediately. To get around this Android’s batteryservice, the software component that monitors the Nook Color’s battery temperature, has to be disabled. This means that the Nook Color’s battery could overheat (thus damaging the unit), or explode.

I advise against undertaking this hack no matter the benefits.

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