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NookColor Updated to 1.0.1

Barnes & Noble has just released a minor update to its NOOKcolor firmware. The update will bring in improved WiFi connectivity and browser experience as well as some minor bug fixes.

NOOKcolor Getting Update to Android 2.2 in January [Update]

For those out there who purchased the newest eReader from Barnes & Noble, the NOOKcolor offers up plenty of options out of the box, but for those who think outside of the box, the device has an almost unlimited potential. And that's all thanks to the Android platform ticking away under the hood. While we've already seen Android 2.2 hacked onto the device, it looks like Barnes & Noble is confident in their update strategy, to confirm that the eReader will be seeing the official update in just a matter of weeks.

Barnes & Noble Manufacturing 18,000 Nook Colors a day

Barnes & Noble is bumping up production of its Android-based Nook Color for the holiday season. According to B&N chairman Len Riggio they are manufacturing Nook Colors at a rate of 18,000 per day and load up a 747 every four to five days to bring devices to the U.S. from China.

NOOKcolor Android 2.2 Froyo hack revealed [Video]

Having been rooted at the tail end of November, the Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor is now getting Android 2.2 Froyo, though only unofficially. Several people have managed to get the updated OS onto the 7-inch touchscreen tablet, with jacememes sharing a video of it in action (that you can see below), but if it's instructions you're after then Jesse Vincent has the details. Be warned, however, this isn't the simple matter of downloading a ROM and reflashing your ereader. Instead you'll have to compile the OS yourself, and then do potentially dangerous things like shut off the battery heat monitor that could potentially see your NOOKcolor cook itself. Meanwhile WiFi, Bluetooth and many other things will be missing. Still, we're guessing a public-ready release is already in the works by the usual suspects. [youtube uviopU8Ve-Y]

B&N NOOK for Android Hits v2.4

While the original NOOK eReader has just received a pretty big update of its own, Barnes & Noble wasn't going to let their Android version of their popular eReader application miss its own update. So thankfully, the company has officially pulled the curtain off the latest update for the NOOK for Android eReader software. It's available now, and the software version is 2.4.

NOOKcolor Unboxed by SlashGear

Are you looking for a new, shiny, and color screen eReader this holiday season? Maybe you want to see how one, recently announced, stacks up when it's out of the box and handled? You're in luck, because the fine folks over at SlashGear managed to get some time on their hands to do just that. And, luckily for us, it's the new nook Color, from Barnes & Noble. The device, now featuring a color touchscreen, is still running Android under the hood. But, how does it fare out of the box?

NOOK Color Android ereader shipping now

Barnes & Noble's NOOK Color Android-based ereader is shipping early, with pre-order customers getting their hands on the 7-inch device over the next few days. Meanwhile it's also expected to show up - in limited numbers - in retail stores, including Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Walmart and Books-A-Million. Order online today, meanwhile, and B&N reckon you'll see your NOOK Color sometime in the week of November 26. Your $249 gets you a color touchscreen and a platform modders are already eager to get their hands on. [via SlashGear]

A Bit of Extra Clarity for Would-Be Developers of NookColor Apps

So you'd like to develop some apps for the new NookColor, yes? Let's take a look at what you'll be looking at. In a recent conversation we had with Barnes & Noble representatives, they made it clear that the approach behind NookDeveloper will be very reading-centric. Very soon, B&N will be launching NookDeveloper to reach out to developers and content providers and show them love. In the next few weeks, the developer portal will be opening up, and inside will be an SDK emulator that you and your pals can work on to create and/or optimize your apps to work with the NookColor.

Barnes & Noble’s “Very Special Event” revealed to be launchpad for “Nook Color”

Hooray! It's real! Today's Barnes & Noble "Very Special Event" has turned out to be exactly what many were predicting: the presentation of the color version of the Nook, called correctly: "Nook Color." It's focused very hard on the books, magazines, and newspapers aspect, but opens up a bit as they do present the fact that it's got a web broswer, Office document viewer, games, sharing options through Twitter and Facebook, and even a few exciting apps.
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