Ben Elliott · Feb 2, 2011 at 06:00 pm

Nook Color Honeycomb Port Available for You to Try

I’m sure you’re all aware of the recent CES announcement of Google’s latest edition of the Android platform, Honeycomb, which is designed with tablet PCs rather than phones in mind. Many of you will also have been excited to see that XDA developer deeper-blue managed to port the preview version of the operating system found in the SDK to the popular Barnes and Noble Nook Color e-reader/Android tablet. However, it is not until this week that deeper-blue decided to release the ROM to the public.

While it’s important to remember that this preview build of Honeycomb is in no way the final product (expect general bugginess and slowness until development gathers more momentum), this is an extremely interesting step forward for both the device and the platform. The modified image resembles the first custom ROM based on Android 3.0, with the first official Honeycomb device, the Motorola Xoom, being released this month.

Features that have been confirmed to be working on this build are sound, graphics acceleration, SD card, YouTube, accelerometer, wireless, touchscreen, hard buttons and sleeping.

If you’re the owner of a Nook Color and would like to give Honeycomb a try, head to the development thread for more details. However, you must note that this is an active developmental project – try not to post questions for which you could easily find the answer by searching the forums, as this makes important feedback harder for the developer to find.


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ben_duder is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Hi! My name's Ben, and I'm proud to be one of the news writers at xda-developers. I live near London and have spent the last ten years wasting all the money I get my hands on on new gadgets with which to fulfil my technolust. I first got into HTC phones when I found a Lobster 700TV (the HTC Monet) at a very good price, and I'm ashamed to say that I couldn't have cared less about what operating system the phone was running as long as I could watch The Simpsons on the bus. As fellow Monet owners might know, the 'TV' part of the phone's alternate title was somewhat deceiving and was completely abandoned by the service providers in England. However, by then I had already fallen in love with the freedom Windows Mobile had given me. After the Monet came a Universal, with a Touch Pro following that. I've just bought a G1 (yeah, I know, get with the times!) because I'm really interested in Android as a budding operating system and don't think I could ever cope with a 'dumbphone' now that I know what's on offer. Although I haven't contributed much to the site in terms of programming or cooking help, I hope that I can give a bit back by letting you guys know what's new through my articles. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints about those articles, feel free to get in touch with me via PM using the URL above. View ben_duder's posts and articles here.
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