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Nook Color unofficially gets Android 3.0 Honeycomb (AWESOME)

First it was Ubuntu, now Honeycomb, the latest version of Android designed for tablets, has been ported to the Nook Color. What is especially amazing about this port is the fact that Android 3.0 Honeycomb emulator was just realized yesterday.  xda-developers has a thread going on the subject; the current port is said to be really slow and mostly broken.  The developer says he plans on working on graphics acceleration to improve performance over the weekend.

UPDATE: The promised graphics acceleration is complete. Video of it in action below.

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Nook Color update: pinch-to-zoom browsing, improved WiFi connectivity

Color TouchscreenBarnes and Nobles released a minor software update for the Nook Color, Version 1.1.0.
Nook Color Version 1.1.0 update contains enhancements to improve the overall performance, including:
  • Improved performance of Wi-Fi connectivity, Home and Shop.
  • Ability to pinch and zoom in browser.
  • Enhanced reading experience for magazines and children’s books.
  • Access helpful NOOK color related information and support tips on the new default browser home page.
  • Reduce mistyped passwords with “show password” option during registration and Wi-Fi set up.
  • Easily identify NOOK kids Read To Me™ books with a new text banner next to the titles in Shop.
  • General bug fixes and performance improvements.
The software update is available immediately via a manual download on their site (here). And will also be delivered via an automatic download for devices connected to Wi-Fi, over the next few days. More info at the link.

Engadget: B&N to discontinue Nook 3G, lack of demand

According to Engadget, Barnes and Noble plans to discontinue the 3G version of the eInk Nook. Citing a lack of interests in the 3G model as more consumers are buying the WiFi-only version. Compared to the Kindle 3, it has less memory and shorter battery life, but it does have a user-replaced battery and a microSD card slot. The 3G model is currently priced at $199, the WiFi model costs $50 less.

Kindle tweets outpace Nook tweets 2 to 1

Crimson Hexagon has conducted a study that about the eReader market that charts and analyzes Twitter conversations for both the Kindle and Nook, as well as the iPad (when used as an eReader.) The conclusion of the study is, “While the Nook readers have certainly established a solid and growing position in the e-reader market during 2010, our analysis also revealed that Amazon’s Kindle is still by far the most popular e-reader on the basis of total conversation volume on Twitter.” It’s rather interesting but take the study with a grain of salt.

Looking at the daily volume of  Twitter conversation for each of the devices, Crimson Hexagon found that conversation about the Kindle far outpaces the Nook and Nook Color (1000 vs. 500 or 2 to 1). As I said above take it with a grain of salt. 1000 and 500 daily “tweets” seems extremely low.

Ubuntu ported to Nook Color

The developers at the XDA Developers Forum ported Ubuntu to the Nook Color. It’s “a little laggy” and has its errors but overall it’s solid and it works. This particular hack, was inspired by Ubuntu on a Nexus One hack. Click the link for more information and instructions on how to add Ubuntu to your Nook Color (as always, proceed at your own risks.) The Nook Color is turning out to be the perfect Android tablet for hackers that is.

M-Edge announces customized Kindle 3 cases

Something I almost missed from CES 2011… M-Edge announced MyEdge. MyEdge is a program for making personalized cases. You can create customized jackets for your Kindle 2, Kindle 3, iPad, and Nook. Basically, all you have to do is choose your device, add color and text, and then add a picture. MyEdge will officially launch in February.

Press Release below:

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Barnes and Noble launches Nook kids iPad app

Barnes & Noble has released a new free NOOK Kids for iPad app which is specifically designed to play over 230 interactive picture books. More than 50 of the books have professional narrations, including the Thomas and Friends, Richard Scarry, and Olivia series.

The app, which is already available on the Nook Color, is an eReader with kid-friendly features and enhanced storybook reading options that make full use of the iPad’s color LCD. Other features of the app includes two free books, Richard Scarry’s Colors and Kipling’s The Elephant’s Child, that come with the download if you sign up for the NOOK service and place a credit card number on the account. The biggest feature of the app is the fact that it will read to your kids. The Nook kids app is free in the App Store right now.

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