The Nook was released less than one week ago and the device has already been hacked. Our friends over at nookDevs tore down the device and discovered the operating system was being stored on a standard microSD card. They popped the SD card into a reader on a computer and made the necessary edits to the file system to obtain root access and enable ADB.
Now that a system dump of Nook operating system is available, it should be easier to exploit. I expect we could eventually see an easier hack that does not require tearing down the system.
Since gaining root access, the devs have been able to launch applications on the e-ink display including the terminal emulator. Since the Nook has a GSM SIM card and WiFi adapter, it will be interesting to see what kind of tethering hacks can be produced.
The Nook gets free unlimited data on AT&T’s 3G network, but surely they have it walled in somehow.
Devs are currently working to backport applications from the stock Android install. Hopefully we should have some screens of the web browser by tomorrow. It will be interesting to see what other cool hacks can be done with the OS.
The internals of the Nook included:
- Samsung S3C6410 Processor
- Synaptics TM1369 Touchscreen controller
- Internal 2GB Sandisk microSD card for internal storage
- Sierra Wireless MC8777V wireless modem in data only mode
For a complete how-to, visit the nookDevs rooting wiki.