Nov 29 AT 11:32 PM Sean Riley 14 Comments

NOOK Color gets rooted and swaps books for Angry Birds

The fine people over at XDA have another trophy on their wall in the form of the Barnes and Noble NOOK Color.

The team has so far shown off the tablet/e-reader running Angry Birds, launcher pro, and a couple other extras. Reportedly Angry Birds runs “as smoothly as on the Galaxy Tab,” but there hasn’t been any video evidence to support that claim yet and video is now available below and it does look as quick as advertised.  As a reminder the NOOK Color does run on a Cortex A8 processor at 800 Mhz so it has the potential to be a pretty capable tablet if the XDA community stays behind it.

There are instructions on how to do this up at nookdevs, but I would be really hesitant to try it just yet as I haven’t seen a lot of success reported by users. I’m sure in the next 24-48 hours there will be an improved path to root and the likelihood that Barnes and Noble plugs the hole prior to that time is nonexistent.

The ability to root the NOOK Color isn’t going to change things for the average consumer, but at $249 does this become a tempting tablet offering for some of our savvy readers?

Nook Color running Angry Birds Nook Color running Launcher Pro

Via: Android Life

Source: XDA Developers

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 4 years and covering mobile for the last 5. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://mindmirror007.blogspot.com heroid007

    Looks really nice!

  • http://Website Me

    Badass! hopefully, custom recoveries and firmwares are in our future

  • TheDrizzle

    I would definitely buy one if a smoother rooting method comes out. Paying 250 dollars for what is basically a Galaxy Tab? Hell yeah!

    • ZackC456

      Don’t forget the Archos 70. Nice to see cheaper Android tablets (or tablet-like) finally popping up in the market. :D

  • http://www.toysdiva.com PixelSlave

    If Cyanogen is available for the NOOK Color, I will buy definitely buy one.

  • http://Website reaganwaswrong

    Does anyone know what the specs are of this thing?

  • http://Website bpear

    heres some proof videos

    running Angry birds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEucuG-3YCw

    And lol its running the kindle app :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEIsOGB8s3U

    launcher pro http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec2JkyQ4P-w

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Thanks, I updated the post with the Angry Birds video.

      Gotta love that Kindle app.

  • http://Website bpear

    heres the specs compared to the galaxytab

    Nook Color Galaxy Tab
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    Processor – TI Omap 800 mhz processor Cortex A8 1 ghz
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    Ram 512mb 512mb
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    OS android 2.1 (I think) android 2.1
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    internal mem 8gb 16 gb
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    Data Wifi only (tether) 3g and wifi
    __________________________________________________________________________

    Camera none front and back
    __________________________________________________________________________

    Graphics no idea PowerVr SGX540
    __________________________________________________________________________

    Screen 7″ with vividview to help sun glare 7″
    __________________________________________________________________________

    I think i got that all right?

    • http://Website bpear

      i had this formated different

      Nook Color —————————————————————————-Galaxy Tab
      __________________________________________________________________________

      Processor — TI Omap 800 mhz processor——————————— Cortex A8 1 ghz
      __________________________________________________________________________
      Ram 512mb ——————————————————————————512mb
      __________________________________________________________________________

      OS android 2.1 (I think)————————————————————– android 2.1
      __________________________________________________________________________

      internal mem 8gb ————————————————————————16 gb
      __________________________________________________________________________

      Data Wifi only (tether)—————————————————————– 3g and wifi
      __________________________________________________________________________

      Camera none———————————————————————— front and back
      __________________________________________________________________________

      Graphics no idea—————————————————————- PowerVr SGX540
      __________________________________________________________________________

      Screen 7″ with vividview to help sun glare ——————————————-7″
      __________________________________________________________________________

      I think i got that all right?

  • http://G-sensor? UncleBob

    Does it have a g-sensor?

  • LukeT32

    Picked one if these up for my mom for christmas. Figured she can run her droid she can run this. I would very she would love launcher pro on out like her phone. It bothers me there isn’t the market on there from the factory anyway…

  • http://www.amplifiedanalytics.com/ @piplzchoice

    The Nook customers seem to really like its Functionality and Reliability. Check the analysis of its customer’ reviews by following this link http://www.amplifiedanalytics.com/V2P-Product-Reviews/Demo and enter the name Nook Color to get the scores and view aggregated customer reviews we used to extract the scores.

  • http://Website remus76

    Found a detailed rooting tutorial and many screenshots showing what a rooted Nook Color is capable of. Impressive.

    http://reviewhorizon.com/2011/01/how-to-root-your-nook-color-and-transform-it-into-a-cheap-android-tablet/