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Official CyanogenMod 10 Alpha Lands on Nook Color
Although the news of Jellybean/CM10 landing on various devices is certainly slowing to a crawl, it’s by no means finished. Despite being a somewhat older and under-powered device (by today’s standards), the Barnes & Noble Nook Color has recently received an alpha version of CyanogenMod 10.
The project was a long time in the making, with contributions from a whole bunch of people. Check out the development thread for a full list of the “scoundrels and miscreants” involved. The build was posted by XDA Recognized Developer fattire. Now that all the technical hurdles have been overcome, the end result is an officially CM-supported build that is really quite functional despite its alpha status.
There are bugs, but nothing that makes this build unusable for everyday activity, unless you have some fairly specific needs:
- YouTube is only viewable in standard definition.
- The home button does not currently wake the device.
- Netflix doesn’t work.
- No OpenGL.
- Charging isn’t detected unless the device is awake at the time of being plugged in.
So if you’re still rocking the original Nook Color and would like to give it a new lease of life with the latest version of Android, check out the development thread for all the relevant info and instructions on installing this build.
Update – It seems that since writing this the issues with OpenGL, HD YouTube and H264 video playback are now fixed. Thanks to krylon360 for the heads up.
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