Nook HD+ Hacked, Now Runs Google Play (Video)

After one XDA Forum member showed last week how simple it was to root Barnes & Noble's new gadgets, I knew it wouldn't be long before someone installed Google Play and other Google apps. This afternoon I happened across a proof of concept video on Youtube. After I tracked it back to XDA Forums, I discovered that someone had posted instruction on how to get around B&N's minimal security.

The instructions are long and tedious, so much so that I don't think they're worth following through on; I'd much rather wait for a simpler method. But on the upside, I don't think you will need to worry about B&N updating the Nook HD to break this hack.

The steps involved in loading third party apps rely on a loophole which B&N added on behalf of Android app developers, and at least one such developer showed up last week and insisted that the loophole would not be closed; after all it was mentioned on the B&N Nook Developer website as a way for developers to load apps.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

2 Comments on Nook HD+ Hacked, Now Runs Google Play (Video)

  1. I’ll keep an inattentive eye on things. Got enough to do.

    Got my husband a Nook HD 8GB for Xmas, to supersede his Nook Color of last year. I played with one in store and thought that reading newspapers and websites was downright sinful on that screen, stuff was so crisp. I was never jealous of his Nook Color and left him to it, but the HD might be a different story.

  2. I totally agree oj829. The Nook HD+’s screen amazing. Even at high brightness levels, there is absolutely no eye strain.

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