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Update: NookColor to NOT get FroYo, Android Market in January

SmartphoneMag are reporting that according to the B&N rep they spoke to, the NC will be getting an official update that brings Android v2.2 and legitimate access to the Android Market.

The 2.2 update, or overhaul if you prefer, will give you access to a retooled Android Market, the typical Android home screen and even has pinch zooming with the browser. The Android Market app was still under development and was not on the device to see. I was told that Nook users may not have access to the full market. The Nook I looked at had apps loaded via the SD card slot and seemed to run fine. The device will still give you access to all of your Nook material via the current interface that will be switchable for the user.

I’m a little surprised, myself. If they are going to open the tablet, then why did they lock it down in the first place? It took time and money that will basically be thrown away in January.

This story doesn’t make sense.

Update: And now we know why it makes no sense. Android Guys are reporting that B&N have denied this story. The Nook will be getting its own app store, not the Android market. And there are no plans to have the Nook App Store available in January, either.

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willem December 14, 2010 um 12:27 pm

retooled Android Market ie thou shalt have no Kindle app!

Nate the great December 14, 2010 um 12:28 pm


fjtorres December 14, 2010 um 1:22 pm

And how are they going to stop buyers from installing it via the SD card? The thing is readily available.
Thing is, I’m not sure I buy this story.
It might make a bit more sense if it came with a byline dated April first.

Mike Cane December 14, 2010 um 2:41 pm

I think their wires are crossed, mistaking the open Google Android Market for a *B&N NookColor Android Market*. I don’t see them opening this up as a full Android tablet any time soon. It might get Froyo, but over it will be the NookColor locked-down UI. It will be re-rooted and that will make it all better again.

Nate the great December 14, 2010 um 2:53 pm

I think you could be right.

Mike Cane December 14, 2010 um 8:31 pm

And as the update shows, yep, they got it all wrong. It made zero sense to begin with, from any point of view I could imagine!

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