Part of the NookColor portal
|Barnes & Noble nookColor|
|Manufacturer||Barnes & Noble|
|Release date||November 19, 2010 |
(Wi-Fi only version)
|Introductory price||US$249 (Wi-Fi only version)|
|Operating system||Android 2.1 (Eclair based on Linux kernel 2.6.29)|
|Power||rechargeable, non-replaceable battery |
10 hour run-time
|CPU||TI OMAP 3621 ARM processor clocked at 800MHZ |
integrated Imagination Technologie’s PowerVR SGX 530(unconfirmed)
|Storage capacity||8GB internal storage (5GB available)|
MicroSD expansion up to 64GB.
|Display||1024 x 600 pixel, 7 inch|
LCD Display with Capacitive Touchscreen
|Input||Capacitive Touchscreen with side Volume, Nook Home, and Power buttons.|
|Dimensions||8.1 x 5.0 x 0.48 in|
|Weight||15.8 oz (448 g)|
Barnes & Noble nookColor is an e-reader/tablet hybrid developed by Barnes & Noble, based on the Android platform. The device was announced in the United States on October 26, 2010, and was released on November 19, 2010 for US$249. The nookColor will compete with the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and other tablets, and includes Wi-Fi connectivity, and a seven inch LCD Capacitive Touch Screen display that serves as the primary input device.
The nookColor is based on the Android (operating system) (which was initially developed by Android, Inc and purchased by Google in 2005), and has a MicroSD expansion slot for extra storage. One differentiating feature of the nook is the "LendMe" feature: some books are licensed by their publishers for sharing. In those cases, the purchaser is permitted to share a book once, with one other user, for up to two weeks. Users will be able to share purchased books with others who are using Barnes & Noble's reader application software for Blackberry, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac, and Windows, and also other nook users with the "LendMe" app.
The nookColor also has the potential for user install android apps.
B&N claims that the full app store will be up and running in the early part of 2011.
Here is a list of the default installed apps
- Music Player
- Contacts (currently useless)
- LendMe (software to share ebooks)
- Pandora Radio pandora.com
A detailed step by step process for achieving root on the nook color and allowing adb installation of apps is available on this wiki at NookColor Rooting.
To follow the progress in real time join #nookcolor on the freenode IRC network. The #nookdevs channel is being held for eink nooks. If you have an IRC chat client, you can just click on this irc link to the channel
In The Media
This activity is getting some fairly high profile reviews..
* Wall Street Journal - $200 tablet * Tech Republic - How to Hack the $250 nook color into a full android tablet
Links to other places for NookColor information
In addition to the Nook Color Portal, here are a few links if you wish to watch the progress: