Big, big announcement today for the Nook Color. I've been holding off on some comments on this device due to not being able to fully utilize until the android update. I'll take a look at it tonight and followup in a few more days. From the LA Times:
EDIT: Yes, technically this means I can watch TV episodes through Hulu now that Flash is finally being enabled. I have no idea if DOES, just that it should. Also, the "Lend Me" feature might get to be a bit more important now if the ease of lending has been enhanced. For example, all three books from "The Hunger Games" can be loaned out to another Nook user for a couple of weeks, and you can browse your friends' libraries and send out requests.
And, of course, Angry Birds!
Barnes & Noble's Nook Color gained a few new features on Monday that push the device more into the classification of a tablet computer and not simply another e-reader.
Among the additions is a store for buying applications, which Barnes & Noble is calling Nook Apps; apps for email, calendars and contacts; support for Adobe Air and Flash; and a new Nook social networking app.
One thing that isn't changing, however, is the price -- $249 for the 7-inch touch-screen device, which features 8GB of storage.
The updates come as the Nook Color is being switched over to a newer version of Google's Android operating system, called Froyo. Unlike the Honeycomb software, which was designed specifically to run on tablets, Froyo was designed for phones but is on many tablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
But while the Nook Color can now run Android Froyo, it won't be running all Android apps. Instead, Barnes & Noble is asking developers to optimize their apps for the Nook Color and submit them through the Nook Apps store, rather than simply allowing users to download apps from the Android Market.
As of Monday, 125 apps were available in the Nook Apps store, including Angry Birds, one of the more popular games available on tablets and smartphones nowadays. Other apps include Pandora Internet radio, the game Uno, the cooking app Epicurious and the as-seen-on-iPad news app Pulse.
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