updated 04:40 pm EDT, Tue October 26, 2010
Barnes and Noble Nook Color official, due Nov 19
Barnes & Noble at its event this afternoon confirmed the Nook Color. The Android device is now more of a true tablet and uses a seven-inch IPS-based LCD as its sole, heavily redesigned interface. The addition of color now makes it possible to auto-subscribe to magazines and newspapers that preserve the same layout as print, along with adding support for spoken and interactive Nook Kids books.
It only supports 802.11n Wi-Fi, not 3G, but has a full web browser and can share recommendations or book quotes over Facebook and Twitter. It's now more of an app platform as well and centers on Pandora Internet radio for streaming music. Games have a home with chess, crosswords and Sudoku as options, and a developer program has been opened to help create apps specific to the format.
The reader holds 8GB of storage but has a microSDHC slot to take as much as 32GB more. It still supports ePub, PDF and common Microsoft Office formats for text, but color opens the door to common photo formats and gives it MPEG-4 video support. AAC and MP3 are available for audio.
Barnes & Noble plans to ship the Nook Color on November 19 and is consciously distancing the design from the iPad with a $249 asking price.