Nook Color gets Android 22 flash support and an app store

first_imgIf you have a Barnes and Noble Nook Color eReader, there’s reason to celebrate. The Nook Color always ran a version of Google’s Android mobile OS, it was just heavily customized for Barnes and Noble’s use. Now, the eReader/tablet hybrid has been updated to Android 2.2 “Froyo,” supports Adobe Flash, and has its own app store with over 125 apps Barnes and Noble has approved for the device.The Nook Color is one of those devices that the modding and rooting community loves, partially because it started off as a simple eReader. Fans of the device quickly discovered that Android lurked under the surface. The tablet even got Honeycomb thanks to developers at the XDA forums long before the Motorola Xoom hit the market. Barnes and Noble, for its part, initially marketed the tablet as a budget eReader, but now notes that you can get a lot of power out of an affordable tablet if you embrace the modding community instead of pushing it away.Now, Barnes and Noble announced that they’ve pushed Android 2.2 to Nook owners. Users can do a manual update check from their devices to get it, or they can wait for the over-the-air update to hit their device over the next few weeks. 2.2 brings updates to the browser, pinch-to-zoom and improved multi-touch support, built-in Flash support for the browser, and device-wide search.Among the apps in the new Nook Color app store are favorites like the Pulse news reader for Android, the Epicurious food and recipe app, and of course, Angry Birds. The Nook Color retains all of its other tablet-like features, like the ability to get your e-mail and surf the Web.The Nook Friends beta app is included with the update, which allows users to get updates from their friends on Facebook and Twitter. The app also allows you to share your progress in a book with your friends, and share your thoughts about the books you’re reading as well.Barnes and Noble made a point to mention that the Nook Color is a great alternative for people who want a strong tablet or eReader without paying more for an expensive tablet like an iPad. After all, the Nook Color retails for $249, half the cost of the base iPad 2 model.Read more at B&N, via Electronistalast_img read more

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