Posts Tagged ‘ Nook Color ’

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.

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.

Nook Color Bluetooth hacked

Apparently all Nook Colors have a Bluetooth device that is turned off by default. The process of turning it on isn’t simple and it is better if you wait till the official Nook Color update from Barnes and Noble that should be arriving in the near future. Developers are hoping that in the future there will be the ability to use the Bluetooth for Bluetooth headsets for Skype, maybe even Bluetooth enabled GPS usage using external GPS adapters, etc.

Nook line sells millions, B&N’s best-selling product of all-time

The Nook line of eReaders, WiFi, 3G, and Nook Color, has become the company’s bestseller in its 40 year history beating Harry Potter and the Da Vinci Code. The Nook Color has become the company’s number one selling gift of the holiday season. Barnes & Noble also announced that it now sells more digital books than its large and growing physical book business on BN.com, the world’s second largest online bookstore. (Note: this does not include sales at the actual physical store.) On Christmas Day, they sold 1 million eBooks.

This feels like deja vu. Oh wait it. It is. Remember Amazon’s similar announcement only a few days earlier, “Third-Gen Kindle Bestselling Product of All Time on Amazon beating Harry Potter.”

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Barnes & Noble’s Nook server troubles

The downside of Barnes and Noble’s Nook success is the failure of their severs to handle the amount of new users on Christmas Day and on Sunday. This is the second year in a row that Barnes & Noble’s server issues have kept new Nook owners from buying e-books on Christmas Day. Across the Internet and on Twitter, users are complaining about their problems. The good news for Nook owners is the system is working fine now.

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