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Anyone can turn Nook Color into an Android tablet for $35

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When considering which is the best tablet for you, one can’t help but consider the Barnes & Noble(s bks) Nook Color. Yes, the $249 device is an eReader, but it’s built on Google Android (s goog) and has officially gained some tablet features recently, including access to a software store. Unofficially, the device supports custom software that makes it work like most any other Android 2.2 tablet, but for some, the process for this transformation may be too challenging. That’s where Nook2Android comes in, which Engadget notes, supports a simple dual-boot solution.

Nook2Android sells microSD cards in various storage capacities, starting at $35 for an 8 GB card. The memory card isn’t blank though. Instead, it already has all of the files needed to turn the eReader into an Android tablet. That’s perfect for non-techies, because it’s just a matter of buying the card, inserting it into the Nook Color and then powering on the e-reader. Bam! You’ve got an Android tablet without needing to download or install any software!

Tech-savvy folks will surely pass on such a product, but it’s actually a relatively cheap and simple method for others to get more functionality out of the Nook Color. The latest version of the Nook2Android cards, launched earlier this month, have the files for both the standard Nook operating system as well as the Android tablet image. That means the memory card can simply stay in the device and users can choose which mode they want upon boot up. Prior to this, you’d have to remove the Nook2Android card from the Nook Color to use it in its standard e-reader mode.

11 Responses to “Anyone can turn Nook Color into an Android tablet for $35”

  1. I like this idea. I think it’s best to go cheap now and wait to buy a high end tablet until they work out all the bugs and develop more features and functionality.

    • Yes, it’s quite an easy process and I’m sure that nearly anyone can be walked through it. But that doesn’t mean they *want* to do it, or even start down the path. What could be easier than inserting a memory card? Put another way: I find changing the oil in a car very easy to do as well and yet millions have it done for them. ;)

        • No, it’s not worth ME paying someone else to do it; I’ve rooted several Android devices and installed custom ROMs well over a hundred times. But some of those new to smartphones and/or Android wouldn’t even click the link you provided, or if they did, would immediately get intimidated by the instruction terms of “flash”, “extract”, and “format”. Is it a simple process? Yup, to you and to me it is. But not to everyone. On your second point, I think the excellent devs that share their knowledge at XDA should see some income from their work, yes.

    • GILDAY

      Wow! I’ve heard that you can actually make your own food in a ‘kitchen’!!! Someone warn all these restaurant dining and takeout/delivery ordering noobs that they are getting ripped off!!! Quickly!!!

  2. bsaunder

    I’ve been running my Nook Color on honeycomb for a while now via the SD card (dual boot as well); works pretty dang well. The best part to me is the warranty is still in-tack as without the SD card, its a normal, non-modified Nook. Best of both worlds – great reader for my kids who love the read-to-me books, and a full android tablet for me.

    This option is great for people that don’t want to go through the trial and error of getting their own SD card setup and working.

  3. jaxciz

    the only problem though is that currently the max ROM version is 2.2 for the Nook Color. It’s great to use an ereader but for quite a few tablet apps that i care about, you need to run honeycomb (3.0 +). with the 3.2 update from yesterday there should be support for smaller size tablets like the nook but that’s going to take a while and much more of a tinkerer

    • nope CM7 is Gingerbread 2.3 and honeycomb cannot be ported because Google are being A$$e$ and not releasing the source code. I would prefer CM7 to honeycomb any day. Honeycomb is a half baked crappy OS.