Feeds

Froyo snuggles into cosy Nook

Cheapo Android tablet on the horizon?

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

The NOOKcolor e-reader, from Barnes & Noble, is going to get Android 2.2 (Froyo) next month, very nearly turning the $250 e-reader into a usable tablet computer.

We say very nearly, because it seems that Google's Android Marketplace won't be available on the NOOKcolor, which will instead get its own application store run by Barnes & Noble. But Smartphonemag apparently got a chance to see Froyo running on a Nook and reports that come January the e-reader will get the Android interface along with the full Android web browser and highly-regarded pinch-to-zoom capability.

Performance isn't perfect, but at $250 it's very competitively priced. The NOOKcolor has never been launched in the UK, though as it uses Wi-Fi connectivity it can work here once a Barnes & Noble account has been established; something which would be much more attractive if it could also function as a generic tablet.

Not that one has to wait until next month - hackers have managed to get the Marketplace installed onto a NOOK using a custom Android build. The process is not for the faint-hearted, but it does mean you can finally run Angry Birds on your electronic book reader without having to wait for an official update. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author
'Google did have some unique propositions for Nokia'
FCC, Google cast eye over millimetre wireless
The smaller the wave, the bigger 5G's chances of success
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)
A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.