If you are wanting a tablet, but not an iPad – and in particular if you specifically want an Android tablet – you may think that you have only one choice: the new Samsung Galaxy Android Tablet. But you’d be wrong, because the Barnes and Noble Nook Color eBook Reader actually runs on Android, and it’s not that difficult to hack it (“root” the Nook) to run the more full version of Android, giving you an honest-to-goodness Android tablet!
First reported by NookDevs, a site “dedicated to hacking the nook and nook Color and exposing the possibilities”, several tech sites have now replicated the hacking and rooting of the Nook Color reader, allowing the Nook Color to run the full Android (specifically the Honeycomb tablet version of Android), in all its full Android glory.
And it’s not all that difficult to do.
Here are the basic steps, with links to full instructions at the end.
You will need:
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– A Nook Color eBook Reader from Barnes & Noble
– A Barnes & Noble account for your Nook (set this up before rooting your Nook!)
– A Gmail account, and a YouTube account that is linked to the same Gmail account (i.e. use the same email address for both – if you signed up at B&N with a Gmail account, use that one)
– A microSD card
– A computer with a working USB port and a way to read and write to the microSD card
– A program on your computer that will write disk images (‘dd’ for Mac or Linux, or Win32DiskImager for Windows)
– A working wifi connection
Once you have the above all in one place, you will basically create a bootable version of Android on the microSD card, and then boot the Nook from that full verson of Android that is on the microSD card (once your Nook has rebooted with the new version of Android, you can remove the microSD card).
The two best places to get the full instructions for how to run Android on your Nook Color are:
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