NOOK Color Gets Froyo, But More Importantly, Angry Birds

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News Posted: Tue, Apr 26 2011 9:05 AM
As the company promised, Barnes & Noble has delivered a software update to its 7-inch NOOK Color devices that push them still more in the direction of a general-purpose Android tablet, and away from being a standalone e-book reader. Some customers have rooted their NOOK Colors and installed custom ROMs, already turning their devices into general tablets.

The software update delivers Android 2.2 (Froyo) to the NOOK Color. With that, the NOOK Color now has access to Adobe's Flash 10.1. The update does not, however, add the general Android Market to the device.

However, customers can use the new NOOK Apps store. There are approximately 125 apps available, all of which are customized for the NOOK Color. Although that sounds like a small number (and it is), at least Angry Birds is among those, as is the Pulse news reader.

End users can either wait for the OTA update to hit their device, or they can go and download and install it manually.

A new beta app was also unveiled on Monday. Developed in-house, it's called "NOOK Friends," and integrates with Facebook and Twitter as well as the NOOK Color's built-in contact list.

What does this mean for Amazon.com? It's already rumored (expected) that the Internet retailer will unveiled a color Kindle, most likely running Android (the Amazon Appstore is a huge clue). Exactly when that will happen is the question, but the further that the NOOK Color moves toward being a general tablet, the more swiftly Amazon.com will need to respond.
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coolice replied on Tue, Apr 26 2011 11:02 AM

i LOL'd at the Heading haha...Angry Birds > Froyo

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fat78 replied on Tue, Apr 26 2011 11:16 AM

I love e readers and if this creates more competition between companies better e readers will be made.

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omegadraco replied on Tue, Apr 26 2011 11:26 AM

Agreed Coolice :) but they are right Angry Birds is > Froyo. It is super addicting though the Android version seems to have a lot more levels than the iOS version.

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I never found angry birds fun. 

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Inspector replied on Tue, Apr 26 2011 1:06 PM

lol, yes it is finally here! Angry Bird! lol

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LBowen replied on Tue, Apr 26 2011 3:52 PM

If only the Kindle and Ipad had a baby would I consider getting a tablet without the tracking of course.  I enjoy my IPOD but no more upgrades until that glare issue is resolved.

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HHGrrl replied on Wed, Apr 27 2011 12:00 AM

I'm bummed the update doesn't include the full Android Market, but am glad to see an official Android update for the Nook.

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digitaldd replied on Wed, Apr 27 2011 9:27 AM

Nook Color has official Android market access so its a win and if it didn't feel cheap in the hand and cost $250 I might have one. if it falls to $150 I'll dip my feet into the water.

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