N2A Cards Now Support Android 4.4 Kitkat – Can Turn Your B&N Tablet into a Real Tablet

Do n2a cardsyou have one of Barnes & Noble's tablets to spare and don't know what to do with it? You might want to check out N2A cards.

This is a microSD card which comes with an open version of Android installed. Insert it into your B&N tablet (Nook Color, Nook Tablet, or Nook HD/HD+), reboot the tablet, and you'll have a regular Android tablet free of B&N's chains. The tablet will have full access to Google Play and come with a lot of useful apps.

And starting today, all cards will be shipped with the latest version of Android, 4.4 Kitkat. One of these $30 to $50 cards will turn your outdated device into one of the most modern Android tablets, giving you bragging rights over a lot of Android smartphone and tablet owners.

I've tried these cards once or twice myself without much luck, but I know several people who swear by them. And even I will agree that if you have an old B&N tablet and you want to get more use out of it this is worth a try.

N2A Cards

P.S. On a related note, N2A also expanded into offering a similar service for the Kindle Fire. For $20 they will sell you a firmware update which you can install on a Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD (2012), or the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 (newer models not supported).

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“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.”

8 Comments on N2A Cards Now Support Android 4.4 Kitkat – Can Turn Your B&N Tablet into a Real Tablet

  1. I have used these N2A programs for years in my NC and HD+ and I love them. Also, this is the 1st update / upgrade that is over the air. Just am loving it more and more.

  2. They’re selling custom ROMs? Is that even legal? That’s absolutely horrible! I would absolutely not call this an “open” version of Android, they’re not releasing the source code for their work which means the opposite of open.

    Go to XDA instead and install some of their ROMs. While this solution might be automatic, it’s just 35-50$ into the toilet. Go and root it (one file on the Nook’s SD and a simple button press on a Windows machine) and get the newest version of CyanogenMod 11 (4.4.2 KitKat) on XDA or something instead.

    • Why is it horrible? CyanogenMod is moving in that direction, ever since they turned into a startup.

      And you’re not just paying for the firmware; you’re paying because N2A made it easy and nearly foolproof. If you don’t have the technical skills to DIY the cost is worth it.

  3. FWIW, I bought the download version for $20 and am having trouble burning the image to the card. Just FYI, on a 32GB card, it thinks the image is too large for the card. Hmmm.

    • Hello The Rodent,

      Many times when that happens, you can use a different card reader to resolve the issue.


      • Just to follow up. I got myself a Class 4 Sandisk card, and it now works for me. It’s a nice little Android tablet instead of a Nook Color. But the best part: I downloaded the Mantano Reader program and it found all the books I already have on the Nook side of things, ready to import. đŸ™‚

  4. Not sure why anyone would want to pay money for this when you can get CyanogenMod for free.

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