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Nook Color 1.2 update brings Flash, app shop and more [video]

Alex T.
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The Nook Color has been one of the most successful tablets in the US, snagging a reported 50% market share in non-Apple tablets. I've reviewed it after I got it and wrote a few weeks back about Barnes and Noble's attempt at attracting developers to build or publish their apps in the Nook app 'storefront', but now B&N finally released the 1.2 update. Of course the Nook Color is probably the most easily hacked tablet, being that it flashes ROMs without even installing clockwork mod as it boots off micro SD cards automatically, but if you don't want to void the warranty or deal with the process, read on past the break for more info.

The 1.2 update brings a bunch of features to the table that make this a proper tablet, not the eReader it started as. There's Flash 10.2 in the browser, a proper email client and an app shop that, though limited still, has access to Angry Birds and Pulse, as well as many other popular apps. B&N also built a thing called Nook Friends, a social network of sorts you can use to lend books or get recommendations from friends about what you might like to read. Check out the video the guys at Engadget made below for more info:

 

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Video: Engadget

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  • Martin Krischik Apr 25, 2011 Link

    I wonder if the success of NOOK has anything to do with the easy hack-ability ;-)

    BTW: Which App-Store does NOOK use?

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    Alex T. Apr 25, 2011 Link

    It most certainly does. Also, it's got the same innards as the Droid/Milestone 2 within a solidly build body and it's cheaper than most tablets.

    The app portal is proprietary, and probably limited, but it's a start. I honestly don't get the certification rules that Google imposes on devices getting the official Market. If there's money to be made off app installs on other devices, they should not scuff at it, but at least that leaves room for markets like ours.

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  • Martin Krischik Apr 25, 2011 Link

    So they did not go the “Opera” way and teamed up with one of the large independent App-stores. That is a little stupid.

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    Alex T. Apr 25, 2011 Link

    No. For some reason nowadays every hardware manufacturer thinks they can "add value" through some proprietary customization or app portal. I think they're after-thought is to make it harder to switch out of their eco-system - the way Apple does it - but it's making it more annoying to switch in, I find.

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