Barnes & Noble announces plans to launch new Nook devices in early 2015
Barnes & Noble has released its third quarter financial results today, which highlights narrowed losses compared to previous reports. In addition, the company has announced its plan to launch a new Nook color e-reader in early fiscal 2015. As reported last June, Barnes & Noble suffered losses on its Nook tablet lines, and subsequently announced its move to co-brand future Nook tablets with third-party manufacturers. This move was to assume less risk in production, while still earning money from devices sold and allowing for room to focus on its digital bookstore.
Nook Audio may be accessory or new feature
Barnes & Noble is readying a mystery product that could lead to an expansion into audio. A product page for a Nook Audio has shown up on Barnes & Noble's own online store with an OE250 model name. AS the name isn't connected to existing Nooks and hasn't cleared the FCC, it may be a speaker dock, wireless speakers, or headphones for the Nook Color or Nook Tablet.
Nook Color bootloader bypassed using microSD
The Barnes & Noble Nook Color has had its boot loader by-passed and Android 4.0 successfully installed. @Nemith, an XDA Developers forum member, has posted the first images of a Nook Color running CynaogenMod 9 with Android 4.0 also running. The workaround was made possible by using a microSD card to install CynaogenMod9, which enabled the tablet to be booted from there instead of the built-in storage without erasing the standard software.
Barnes & Noble adds slew of new apps for tablets
Barnes & Noble has just revealed that it has added new official apps to its Nook Tablet and Nook Color devices. They include the popular Words with Friends, with Twitter and Plants vs. Zombies coming soon. Others are promised for early next year as well.
iFixIt gives Nook Tablet a 6/10 repair score
The iFixIt crew has just obtained the Nook Tablet conducted its traditional teardown in search of its repairability and parts. The full color e-book reader has a unique built-in design element that is the carabineer clip on its corner. The microSD card slot is right beside it and it's surrounded by two small circles that hide screws.
Nook Tablet carries on hack tradition
Keeping up the tradition of hacked Nooks, XDA-Developers forum contributors have posted a full root for the Nook Tablet. A combination of USB drivers as well as either a batch program or a command line sequence will let users freely install or remove apps on the Android 2.3 slate. The hack, zergRush, doesn't unlock the bootloader and thus won't take completely new firmware like CyanogenMod.
Nook Color 2 due on November 7, sources say
The rumored Nook Color 2 may be out on November 7, The Digital Reader reported, citing three separate sources. All of them are Barnes & Noble employees, with one of them saying that a big, Nook-related announcement is coming on November 7. A team meeting touched on it related to the revamp of stores' Nook displays and sections.
Amazon Kindle Fire confirmed early
Amazon officially if partially entered the tablet arena on Wednesday by launching the Kindle Fire. The seven-inch tablet uses a heavily customized version of Android 2.1 and is a showcase for Amazon Prime, Amazon MP3, Cloud Player, and now much more optimized magazines on the Kindle bookstore with a newsstand for titles from Condé Nast, Hearst, and Meredith. The $79 Prime subscription gets the usual free two-day shipping as well as unlimited access to Amazon Internet video; a 30-day trial comes with the sale.
Nook Color 1.3 OTA update due this week
Barnes & Noble outlined a forthcoming Nook Color update, version 1.3, on Tuesday. It brings with it enhanced Nook Newsstand content, allowing users to view special edition versions of People, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Time, Parents, and Fitness. At the same time, new parental controls that allow disabling the web browser are included in the update as well.
Nook Color free space artificially limited to 1GB
Barnes & Noble's Nook Color e-reader will now ship with just 1GB of its 5GB capacity available for side-loading content such as music and movies, Engadget found. Before this, users had all 5GB available for this purpose. B&N simply said the change was made to "ensure ample space for a customer's Nook Library and Nook Apps" is available. Outside of any hacks that would remove the partition, users can still load multimedia files onto microSD cards thanks to the built-in slot.
Version 1.6 supports Xoom, Nook Color, more
Mark/Space has updated The Missing Sync for Android to v1.6. The upgrade adds support for syncing bookmarks and tasks, as well as compatibility with Android tablets from Motorola, Samsung and Barnes and Noble, including the Xoom and the Nook Color. The new services require users to download two free apps, Fliq Tasks and Fliq Bookmarks, which are newly available alongside the existing Fliq Notes and Fliq Calendar. The Fliq series allows sync with both Macs and Windows PCs.
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”.
TetherGPS app gives Nook Color GPS abilities
ComptonSoft has launched the TetherGPS app ($3, Android Market) which will allow users to get GPS data on their Android-powered Nook Color e-book readers. As the name suggests, the device needs to be tethered to a compatible and GPS-equipped Android device such as the HTC Evo 4G through the built-in tether function. Google Maps and Google Navigation on the Nook Color will then piggyback on the GPS data from the phone.
Nook Color down to $199 on eBay with coupon
Barnes & Noble has began selling the Nook Color e-book reader on its eBay store. The device is priced at just $199 after a $50 coupon is applied that's freely available on the listing. This is $50 less than the device trades for on Barnes & Noble's own website and in its stores.
Touchscreen working, graphics acceleration next
A hacker going by the username of @deeper-blue has posted photos and video (embedded below) of Android 3.0 Honeycomb running on a Nook Color. Appearing on an xda-developers forum thread dedicated to the hack, @deeper-blue has been able to boot the OS on the Nook over the space of just a few days. Initially, Android booted, but no control was available.
Barnes & Noble periodical sales exceed estimates
Barnes & Noble said it has exceeded sales expectations of its Nook Newstand magazines and newspapers. With more than 650,000 subscriptions and single-copy sales, the company attributed much of this success to its Nook Color. The device is rare among reading-focused devices and can handle tasks that a paper version of a periodical can't match.