updated 06:50 am EDT, Fri March 25, 2011
Update from Android 2.1 to 2.2 a possibility
The Barnes & Noble Nook Color is expected to be receiving a software update in April over-the-air (OTA) that will bring apps as well as what is being referred to as "a full web experience". Initially, as the CNET report screen grab from HSN website below shows, the update was first listed as bringing the ability to "watch movies that use Adobe Flash".
The Home Shopping Network, which has listed these features as "Coming Soon," also adds that they will appear exclusively for HSN buyers in the first instance. Apps that will be available on the curated Nook Store will include Angry Birds, Lonely Planet Phrasebook and Drawing Pad.
Users who have rooted their Nooks and installed custom ROMs have had access to the Android market for some time. However, for most customers, this will greatly expand the functionality of the device and make it more competitive in the tablet segment. Up until now, it has been pitched as a more advanced e-reader.
The addition of the Nook Store, as well as a full web experience, suggests that the software update is likely to be the long rumored Android 2.2 update for the device that was initially expected to arrive in January this year.
However, as the HSN network has now removed the reference to the addition of Adobe Flash to the Nook Color, it again casts some doubt as to whether the update will indeed bring Android 2.2 to the device. [via CNET]