Wednesday November 22 , 2017

NookColor 1.2 Update & Advice on Rooting

We've been waiting for this day ever since we heard about the Home Shopping Network NookColor "deal" with fancy new features! Hopefully your excited about having an "official" path to buy apps, run Flash in the browser, and a few other enhancements.  Obviously the big deal with this update is the apps feature. If you are familiar with other Android devices, this is not full Market access. This new feature is a way to get new apps from a custom B&N App Store.  Unfortunately, none of the Google apps are in this update either. B&N has provided a pretty decent email client (better than the Gmail one from Google, but nowhere close to what Samsung provided for Tab users). This update is exactly what B&N promised - "nook" apps delivered to the NookColor using your B&N account. The experience is right on par with the nook interface. Apps are purchased directly from the device and sit in the NookColor interface along with B&N purchased books.

The reading experience has also been improved somewhat by adding page turning animations (which was a pet peeve of mine, I wanted some visual cue it had updated).  Reading can be done in landscape mode which is nice for something content. Books can now include  video, and one of the new "default" books contains some examples of how this works (how-to cooking videos).  It's a nice add, and something you would expect from a color eReader tablet.  The kid's books feature has been updated to allow for "read and play" which allows the reader to interact more with the book.

The built in browser now supports Flash, and reasonably well. I did notice some lag at times in videos and scrolling around Flash applications. The performance is about what you expect from an eReader :)  If you want a tablet with killer Flash support you might want to pick up a $700 Honeycomb-based device. Frankly, I could care less about Flash support 90% of the time - but it's good to have when you need it.

Another interesting idea that I've been talking about since the original nook came out is now part of the device - a new social portal. The idea is you can see what your friends are reading ( and taunt them to borrow the latest books). I think the lack of integration of the social network into your use of the device has really prevented book lending from taking off - we'll see how much this app grows to fill a need. I think this will make the device more fun.

If you've been holding off "rooting" your nook this might just be the "fix" you needed to get some apps, Flash, etc.  If you've already rooted you'll likely be disappointed with the very minimal selection on the B&N App Store. The biggest motivation for a 1.0.1 rooted nook is the Flash player.

So what to do if your device is rooted? Well you can do a hard reset and restore the device to stock, then apply the update (The best method is to power down, hold down 'n' button, then hold power until you get prompts to reset the device). I tried a 1.2 update over rooted nook and it booted, but didn't function correctly.  WARNING: When you update to 1.2 you may affect your ability to root the device in the near future (You can always boot from the SD card; that's a device feature).  Personally I think if you are rooted and using Android apps you should wait until there is an update to keep the root that works well.

So you like the update? Snore? Wish there were more free apps on B&N app site?

Comments  

 
0 #11 2011-08-29 07:42
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Ever since the 1.2 update i'm not getting any pictures/videos on any of the webpages (facebook, youtube, etc.). Any suggestions as to how to fix this issue. It's driving me nuts.

nook color could be rooted,so,nc can be the device of andorid,this is a very good apps
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0 #10 2011-08-29 07:37
nook color could be rooted,so,nc can be the device of andorid,this is a very good apps
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0 #9 2011-05-07 14:58
Ever since the 1.2 update i'm not getting any pictures/videos on any of the webpages (facebook, youtube, etc.). Any suggestions as to how to fix this issue. It's driving me nuts.
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0 #8 2011-05-07 11:18
I updated my nc & still I'm unabe to purchase apps.anyone else have this problem? It wil go to the apps page but there's no link nxt to any of the apps for purchase
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0 #7 2011-05-03 10:27
With regards to changing the name on the nook friends feature, you need to update your account information at bn.com after that you need to erase and deregister the device
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0 #6 Par1949 2011-05-01 18:27
I manually updated my NookColor to 1.2 and all is working fine. I wish there were more free apps!
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0 #5 2011-04-29 19:46
I rooted my 1.1.0 - the best part about that was that I could use the Kindle app. Now, I updated to 1.2.0 - what are the chances someone is going to figure out how to get my Kindle app back?
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+2 #4 romer 2011-04-29 05:46
Do not know if anyone has tried this after the update of 1.2. Downloaded Honeycomb to and SD and after installing and trying to reboot the NC seemed to get so far through the loading process then stopped with an "Android" note in lower left corner with a flashing minus sign. Appears the 1.2 is holding off the boot.
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+1 #3 2011-04-28 16:07
You say "reading can be done in landscape mode". You fail to explain that this does not include epub books. Only PDF, text and the various Office documents that the NC supports can be read in landscape mode. Further, this was all the case in 1.1. Nothing has changed vis a vis landscape reading in 1.2.
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+1 #2 2011-04-28 13:57
A number of us are having an odd problem after doing the update. Our NCs can find WiFi and the Internet, but that then prevents our other wired and wireless devices from using the router. So we have to turn off the WiFi on the NC and reboot our routers. Consistently. Continuously.
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