Last week I reported that the Nook Tablet had DRM built into the bootloader which was going to make it hard to hack. That’s still true, but it hasn’t stopped anyone from hacking the tablet.
A new hack was posted over at XDA Forums today. One hacker has figured out how to
temporarily gain root access and install Android Market. It’s not a permanent solution, unfortunately; it doesn’t solve the problem of the locked bootloader and if you reboot the Nook Tablet you’ll need to do it all over again. But it’s a start.
Update: The root is now permanent. I’m going to wipe the rest of the post and start from scratch.
There’s a fair amount of work involved, and it’s far more than I usually bother with. To be honest, I never install a hack unless and until it takes a minimum of effort. There are simply too many gadgets in the world and life is too short to spend too much time hacking any single device.
And now it’s easy enough for me to do it. It’s down to just a few steps. Following the instructions here, you need to download the Zip file and the APK install file.
Unfortunately for me, I’ve already returned my Nook Tablet. So instead I have to post the following video:
While this is a great first step, it still won’t get around the fact that the is locked down by a signed bootloader. It’s still going to take a fair amount more work before we can see a hacked firmware. Also, I fully expect B&N to break this hack with the next firmware update for the Nook Tablet. remember, it’s their tablet, not yours.