Hackers have found a new and easier way to hack B&N's latest ereader. ADB is still required, but now Glowlight Plus owners can simply install a single file, run a couple commands, and turn their NGP from a locked down ereader into an Android ereader.
But now Mike Cane has found a proof of concept video as well as a post which explains how to carry it out. That's great news but it also comes with a caveat: the instructions are in Russian, and the hack has been customized work best that language.
English speaking users won't have the best experience, but on the plus side this trick does give you an easy to install the apps you will want/need, including:
- Button Savior (to make the home/back/etc buttons visible)
- Zeam launcher (a replacement home page)
- AlReader (an open ebook app)
All of the programs are set to the best settings for E-ink, and have been specifically tweaked for the Glowlight Plus. So not only does this hack save users from finding the apps, it also saves them from having to spend hours getting it to work its best.
Run this hack and (assuming it doesn't brick your device) you'll end up with the device that many think B&N should have released all along. You'll have an Android ereader.
Given B&N's recent quarterly report, it's clear that the Nook is in its final days, but it's still nice to see what could have been released had B&n decided to be bold and take risks.