Nook Tablet Jelly Bean Conversion

Posted by Sam Churchill on

If you own a Barnes & Noble Nook Color or Nook Tablet, then you can turn it into an Android 4.1 tablet, quickly and easily, says Rick Broida, of C/Net.

N2A Cards offers a bootable microSD card that transforms the Nook into a real Android tablet, complete with the Google Play store.

Originally, that option limited you to Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread, but N2A Cards now offers a $29 bootable Android 4.1 card for enabling Jelly Bean in both the Nook Color and the Nook Tablet (FAQ).

An 8GB N2A Card with embedded Android 4.1 costs $29.99, $39.99 for the 16GB version, $64.99 for the 32GB version, and $84.99 for the 64GB card. But you can also download the software for $19.99. Then all you need is a compatible microSD card of your own.

Rick Broida adds:

“I’m sure many readers will point out (rightly so) that you can accomplish much the same thing on your own for free. But that takes some know-how, and there’s little support to be had if things go wrong. Here you’re getting a bootable card (which you can remove if you want to return to the Nook OS, no harm done) that’s already configured with the popular CyanogenMod version of Android. It’s literally a plug-and-play solution.

The $159 Nook Tablet (8GB) matches up well to the $159 Kindle Fire in specs and price–but it has the added advantage of offering an expansion slot for additional memory, a feature lacking in the iPad, Nexus 7, and Kindle Fire.

Liliputing has more specs on the Nook Tablet (above).

Kindle’s KF8 format supports fixed layout on both Kindle and Kindle Fire, but it’s really only useful on a Fire. The chart (above) erroneously shows Kindle support for ePub. Nook readers support ePub-2, but ePub-3, with embedded audio and video, among other things, is still not supported. Apple’s iPad and their free iBook Author program incorporate a proprietary fork on the ePub-3 standard, which restricts readers to Apple devices and availability only on the iTunes store.

Google Play is home to 675,000 apps and games and has crossed 25 billion downloads.

At some point Google Play will support ePub-3 (with embedded audio and video). That’s when the Nexus 7 will need to support Google Wireless at 2.6GHz — IMHO. Perhaps a Google Wireless announcement at Mobile World Congress in February 2013, will offer discounted (even free) data service. Apple and Amazon may have to make a similar move.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Thursday, November 29th, 2012 at 12:53 pm .

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