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Photos: Hack the Nook Color into a full Android tablet

See the Nook Color hacked into a full Android tablet

The Nook Color is a $250 e-reader powered by Android. Here's what this device looks like when you hack it into a powerful and fully functional Android tablet.

See the companion blog post for step-by-step instructions on how to get the full Android OS on the Nook Color.

Photo credit: Jason Hiner | TechRepublic

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21 comments
jprimrose
jprimrose

I have done both the root, and sd install. I bought it for my wife sunday and got myself one last night. She spends upto an hour reading on her evo so I thought this would be nice. After I got honeycomb working I had to have one. Now I have it linked to my Evo for wifi. I love this thing, plus I can always sell it for 150 after a year and get a newer (faster) device. Screw you Apple. Here is a link to the root I used: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=922870 and http://legacyschool.us.to/nookdev/clockwork/rootpack-instructions.html Good Luck

LonMcClure
LonMcClure

I bought one (an 8gb) and it works as advertised. The reason I went this route instead of a full root of the internal OS was two-fold. 1) I wanted the original Nook software preserved 2) I am currently working 7 day/week and didn't want a failed root attempt to put me even further behind in my work. I use the nook primarily for reading during breaks and in the evening before bed. I also use it for email and some game-play. So far, the boot-from-SD-card route has been a good choice for me. I do want to make a backup copy of the mSD to protect my investment. Can anyone here tell me the steps required? I want it to be bootable just like the EBay-bought mSD. The seller said he would provide instruction but thus far has failed to do so.

jkrow42
jkrow42

I was wondering if anyone has used one of the sd cards from ebay to convert there Nook? If so, does it really do whar it Says?

bye-cycle
bye-cycle

I found a rather easy way to convert my Nook Color to tablet. You can get an 8gig SD card already setup, just plug it in. Best part it will not void your warrenty. Do a search on ebay for Nook Color Froyo Android. Prices vary a lot, the highest for a fully converted to low for just the SD card. I bought the 8gig card for $50.

mg000000
mg000000

The imager doesn't see the file i unzipped. the .IMG file, "2.12.25" for my version 1.0.1 Nook Color. Anyone have this issue? Being stuck on step 10 is a bit early i thought. hahah.

LonMcClure
LonMcClure

Do the original Nook apps (reader, library, bookstore, in-store auto wi-fi, etc) still work as before? How are they accessed? I really want this device as a B&N enabled reader as well as a general use Android device. Bottom-line for me: If the original functionality is lost, I won't perform this hack.

gsveeb
gsveeb

In other words, are the apps installed to and run from the SD card or from internal memory?

rcorsi
rcorsi

I used your instructions for getting the full Android on my Nook Color. IT worked fine and I did it. Now that I have it and have downloaded some apps. where do I find all my apps?

BrewmanNH
BrewmanNH

Why hack a NookColor when you can buy an Android tablet that is a lot cheaper and already has apps on it?

d9wiley
d9wiley

I don't normally leave comments but I appreciate this article. Thanks.

birawa2011
birawa2011

Does the hacked eBook have wifi and 3G?

pacsguy
pacsguy

Some can be relocated to sdcard. Some can't. But the internal sdcard is also 8GB. I don't think you will run out of internal storage anytime soon. =P

DisasterArea03
DisasterArea03

Reboot your NOOKcolor and they will appear under "Extras"

wstromer
wstromer

He explained that an android tablet is not cheaper.

Blawless1989
Blawless1989

the nook color never did have 3g it only had WiFi in the first place

BrewmanNH
BrewmanNH

I don't care what the article says, I can buy a NextBook Android based tablet for around $145 on HSN.com. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

kcherrix
kcherrix

Have you used the NextBook? I have. I bought it from HSN and it's crap, that's why I spent the $225 (on sale at B&N) for the Nook Color and rooted it.

bruceatk
bruceatk

Did you read the article that you posted a link to? The list of where it falls short pretty much explains why the Nook Color is better. The main reasons would be excellent Wi-Fi and a capactive touch screen.

pacsguy
pacsguy

You'll really *love* that resistive touchpad. The Color Nook is a solid hardware platform at at great price. The Nextbook is cra**y hardware and is probably overpriced for what it is. Go ahead and buy one though, and tell us whether the hundred dollar difference in price was worth it =P