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Barnes and Noble Nook Color 2 in the works

It appears that the booksellers Barnes & Noble have another Android tablet in the works, this next generation Nook Color 2 (or whatever it may be called) appearing to be set to be released as early as this month, so says Digitimes in Taiwan. It is in Taiwan that manufacturers are said to be speaking about a brand new version of what we know as a quite decent eReader and undeniably hackable Android tablet. Details on the next eBook reader are at the moment still sparse, but we're to understand that this new device will have the same 7-inch display size as the current generation, companies TPK Holdings and Inventec responsible for touch panels and the device's assembly process respectively.

The All-New NOOK hands-on and unboxing by SlashGear

Our good friend Vincent Nguyen over at our sister site SlashGear has just received the All-New NOOK e-reader and has done a full hands-on and unboxing for us all to enjoy. The All-New NOOK replaces the originally NOOK that had a color LCD screen and the e-reader display both. This time around things are focused clearly on reading with the new E-Ink Pearl display that offers an 80% improvement in screen refresh rate.

Tired of Books? Angry Birds Running on New NOOK

Well is there no end to the madness devs can create? Barnes and Noble's newest NOOK has may be running Android, but it is harder to recognize under its e-ink display. Turns out that e-ink is no obstacle to the phenomenon that is Angry Birds. It doesn't exactly run well, making the screen very cranky, but it goes to show what you can do with root access and a little determination.

New NOOK Model Shipping Early

Barnes and Noble's latest version of their Android based e-reader was announced last week with a ship date of "around" June 10. Today, it appears they were using "around" pretty loosely, as pre-orders have already shipped. Barnes and Noble has said that any other orders placed will continue to ship right away, emphasizing that they will arrive in time for Father's Day gifts.

Barnes & Noble May 24 Event Invite: NOOKcolor 3G with Honeycomb?

Might as well toss out a few guesses here, educated as they are - a new device is about to be released, some sort of tablet device, and it'll be coming out May 24th. That's what we learned was the situation back on the 5th of May via a sales call with Barnes & Noble themselves. What we've just received now is an invite to an event that takes place that very day at a Barnes & Noble location of utmost secrecy!

NOOKcolor App Downloads Hit 1 Million after 1 Week

It seems like forever ago that I had my claws around the lovely NOOKcolor for the first time. November of 2010 is was, and a week with the device I did spend. Back then the 3rd party apps situation wasn't the greatest. In fact, there were approximately 8 of them and they weren't that great. Since then of course there's been some major pushes forward with the developer program for the platform and their first big milestone at 1 million app downloads - after just one week!

NOOK for Android updated: Tablet UI, Digital Magazines, more

Barnes & Noble has updated its NOOK for Android app, with a new tablet-friendly UI and the introduction of NOOK Newsstand periodical support. Over 140 titles are available through the digital magazine system, including ESPN and The Economist. As for the interface, that now gets a library grid view, while book margins and line spacing are also tweaked. The ebook purchasing system has been reworked, and the ArticleView system from the NOOKcolor has been dragged over to the general Android app. The new UI works on Android 2.1+ tablets, including those running Honeycomb, with 7-inch or above displays; smartphone users will merely get some performance enhancements. The NOOK for Android app is available as a free download from the Android Market, V CAST Apps from Verizon Wireless, Samsung Apps, GetJar and AppsLib. Press Release:
Barnes & Noble Updates NOOK™ for Android™ App, Gives Tablet Users Access to Largest Digital Periodical Offering on Android More than 140 NOOK Newsstand™ Titles Including Interactive Magazines with Exclusive ArticleView™ Now Available to Android Tablet Customers Optimized Reading Experience for Most 7-Inch and Larger Tablets Including Honeycomb Free App Now Available in Android Market, V CAST Apps, Samsung Apps, GetJar, and AppsLib New York, New York – May 13, 2011 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today announced an updated version of its popular, free NOOK for Android eReading application that brings the most comprehensive selection of digital periodicals to customers with Android™ tablets including more than 140 top magazine and newspaper brands from ESPN The Magazine and The Economist to Food & Wine and Us Weekly. To take advantage of large and extra large, high-resolution Android tablet screens, NOOK for Android now offers customers an optimized library grid view and reading experience with enhanced book margins and line spacing, as well as an improved shopping experience and more. The new app features are available for popular 7-inch and larger tablets using Android OS 2.1 and higher (Honeycomb). Today’s announcement marks the largest digital newsstand offering for Android tablet customers to date, with more than 140 of the best daily, weekly and monthly periodicals, all optimized for high-resolution displays in rich color. Barnes & Noble’s interactive NOOK Magazine™ experience, previously available only to NOOK Color™ Reader’s Tablet™ customers, is now available to the Android tablet community, featuring more than 120 popular titles such as Esquire, Maxim, Men’s Health, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Popular Science, PC Magazine, Elle, O, The Oprah Magazine, Travel + Leisure and many more. NOOK for Android customers with large tablets can also enjoy favorite NOOK Newspapers™ including USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune. All can be enjoyed with a 14-day free trial, via subscription or purchased in single issue form. With NOOK for Android on larger tablets, magazine reading is easy and engaging with full-color pages in landscape and portrait mode, and Barnes & Noble’s exclusive ArticleView technology (formerly available only on NOOK Color) which features only the article’s text, customized to the reader’s favorite style, on a central panel on the display. NOOK Magazines also feature a universal, easy-to-use reading experience with a slider to jump to the desired page, pinch and zoom to enlarge images and more. “With our free, updated NOOK for Android application, we’re delivering customers with Android tablets a great optimized reading experience and access to the largest ever collection of interactive magazines, as well as top newspapers, all optimized for high-resolution displays,” said Jamie Iannone, President of Digital Products at Barnes & Noble. “Using their Android tablets, customers can enjoy our collection of more than two million digital books, as well as their morning paper and latest magazines, delivered right to their device through their NOOK for Android app, for an amazing periodical experience which includes our innovative ArticleView feature.” NOOK Newsstand and the optimized book reading experience on NOOK for Android will be available for customers using 7-inch and larger Android OS 2.1 and higher (Honeycomb) tablets with 800 x 480 (160 DPI or less) or higher screen resolution, and include Samsung Galaxy Tab™, Motorola XOOM™, LG G-Slate™ and ARCHOS internet tablets, among others. NOOK for Android customers on smartphones will also enjoy minor performance enhancements. NOOK for Android gives customers with Android smartphones and tablets access to Barnes & Noble’s expansive NOOK Bookstore™, one of the world’s largest digital content catalogs, with the most NOOK Books™ priced at $9.99 or less. As part of Barnes & Noble’s promise to “Read What You Love, Anywhere You Like™,” customers can enjoy NOOK Books from their Barnes & Noble digital library on their NOOK Color, NOOK eReader devices and mobile and computing devices using free NOOK eReading software or apps. Expanded App Availability To make it easy for Android smartphone and tablet customers to find and download the free NOOK for Android app, Barnes & Noble has expanded availability for the free app to include Android Market, V CAST Apps from Verizon Wireless, Samsung Apps, GetJar, and AppsLib, with more to come. NOOK for Android will also be pre-loaded or made available in future firmware upgrades for some of the current leading and highly anticipated Android tablets coming to market. Customers can learn more about NOOK for Android v2.6.1 at www.bn.com/nookforandroid.

NOOKColor humming on Gingerbread thanks to CyanogenMod7

The flexibility of the Barnes and Noble NOOKColor shows itself again as the Android eReader has been rooted to become a full-on Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) tablet. The mod, based on CyanogenMod7, has completely wiped out the BN ebook reader overlay and has also overclocked the NOOKColor's 800 Mhz processor in order to get it run smoothly. The only real issue appears to be a hardware limitation, since Gingerbread requires multiple hardware buttons and the NOOKColor only has a single button plus volume controls. But other than that, the NOOKColor is humming along rather nicely at 1.1 Ghz speed.

Barnes and Noble announcing new e-Reader tablet May 24th

It looks like a little news has slipped up that Barnes and Noble plan to announce a brand new e-Reader tablet on May 24th. So all you NOOKcolor lovers don't have to wait long for the good news. For now we don't have much to go on and this is really all that has been said. We still don't know what they are planning, but with the success of the NOOKcolor I can only imagine they want to keep things going strong.

Nook color gets new features via software update

It's common today for tablets to be able to function as eReaders either via a built-in innate capability or via an app that allows the device to hook to a digital bookstore like Amazon or Barnes & Noble's offering. It’s not that common for an eReader to be able to play like it's a table though. That is exactly what the Nook Color from Barnes & Noble is able to do. The eReader has a color LCD and runs the Android OS opening the possibility for all sorts of cool things. ]
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