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Posts Tagged: Barnes & Noble Nook Color

CyanogenMod-10-CM10-Jelly-Bean

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.

filemanagerrenam

Just about three months ago, we brought you news that the Team Win Recovery Project had received a massive update to version 2.1. April’s release largely heralded the start of a new age in recoveries—where one would no longer have to deal with cumbersome menus, instead interacting with a very user-friendly GUI.

It wasn’t simply about the GUI either. In addition to bringing an unrivaled level of UI polish, TWRP 2.1 offered users many advanced features such as update.zip queuing, a basic file manager, and dual storage support for Nandroid backups. Additionally, TWRP added support for the open source scripting engine OpenRecoveryScript, which works in conjunction with the previously covered GooManager.

How do you follow up something as revolutionary as TWRP 2.1? With TWRP 2.2, of course. That’s how! The new release builds on the previous offering by delivering many recovery “firsts.” For starters, this is the first recovery to feature on on-screen keyboard. Why would you want such a thing? How about naming and renaming Nandroid backups! TWRP 2.2 is also the only recovery to split extremely large backups, allowing users to backup and restore /data partitions larger than the 2 GB FAT32 file size limit.

In the words of XDA Recognized Developer Dees_Troy:

- On-screen keyboard in recovery! — supports long press, backspace repeat, and swipe left deletes everything left of the cursor
– Name new backups and rename existing backups
– Rename files and folders in the file manager
– Pseudo-terminal emulator
– Support decrypting an encrypted data partition on Galaxy Nexus (enter password using keyboard)
– Backup archive splitting — allows backup and restore of data partitions larger than 2GB
– Simplified XML layout support between resolutions
– Added dual storage selection radio buttons to zip install, backup, and restore pages
– Improved zip install compatibility
– Updated update-binary source code
– Numerous small bug fixes and improvements

Eager to get started? I know I am. Head to the links below to obtain the appropriate version for your device:

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brick

Stuff happens, and sometimes even the mightiest of devices can have a bad day. And for those, there is some troubleshooting to do. In most cases, it’s a soft brick, and users get stuck in the splash screen or boot loop. These problems are easily fixed with a simple ROM re-flash or use some other simple restore tool. However, it sometimes gets a lot worse than that. Nothing puts the lump of panic into a user’s stomach more than hitting the power button and having nothing show up. This is a difficult situation and usually entails a trip to the retailer from which the device was purchased with a story of how it broke.

For the Barnes & Noble Nook Color, there is now one more step before driving defeated to your local retailer. XDA Forum Member soshite, with the help of others, has released a guide that will help get your Nook Color unbricked and back to working order. The method covers many bases, including what to do if your Nook Color doesn’t turn on whatsoever. It also runs the user through the process of making a bootable ClockworkMod Recovery SD card, restoring partitions using the *nix dd command, and even down to what do with the fabulous tools once you have them. The guide is a pretty long, but even for those with working devices, it’d be a good idea to check it out and get some of these files should the need ever arise.

For more information, the full method, all the download links and more, hit up the original thread.

lockscreen

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: touch-based recoveries are the future. Aside from giving end users easier access to device firmware modification, they add a much needed element of polish to the Android hacking experience. While some may say that these upgrade recoveries take away from the feelings of thrill and excitement, I argue that they offer a more efficient interface and enable some truly unique new features not available in the recoveries of yesteryear.

In a rather large update to what is arguably the most popular touch-based recovery around, XDA Recognized Developer Dees_Troy presents to us Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP, for short) version 2.1. Aside from simply bringing a friendly UI, TWRP 2.1 packs a healthy feature punch by offering zip queuing, a basic file manager, and dual storage support for backups.

TWRP supports scripting via a new scripting engine called OpenRecoveryScript for use with GooManager. With ORS, users can install multiple update.zip files from within Android, wipe cache & dalvik, and run a backup. Furthermore, in the name of openness, Team Win has submitted ORS as a commit to ClockworkMod.

In the words of the developer:

Team Win Recovery Project 2.0, or twrp2 for short, is a custom recovery built with ease of use and customization in mind. We started from the ground up by taking AOSP recovery and loading it with the standard recovery options, then added a lot of our own features. It’s a fully touch driven user interface – no more volume rocker or power buttons to mash. The GUI is also fully XML driven and completely theme-able. You can change just about every aspect of the look and feel.

New features for version 2 of the recovery software:

Zip queuing as seen in TWRP 1.1.x is back
Dual storage capable (backup, restore, and install zips from internal or external storage – you choose)
Slider control (swipe to confirm most actions aka swipe to wipe)
Lockscreen (with slider to unlock)
Basic file manager (copy, move, delete, and chmod any file)
Added support for devices with /data/media (most Honeycomb tablets, new ICS devices like Galaxy Nexus)
Displays sizes of each partition in the backup menu
Added listbox GUI element (currently used for listing time zones)
Updated stock XML layouts to be more consistent and easier to port to different resolutions
XML layout files are significantly smaller
Partitions available backup are more accurate for some devices
Removed unneeded error messages (/misc errors, unable to stat sd-ext, etc.)
Fixed a bug with blkid detection code
Fixed bug where a blank line was inserted between every line of text during zip installs
Fixed a bug during zip installs where an invalid zip would cause TWRP to get stuck in the zip install
Added setting for themers to toggle simulation mode to make theming easier
New devices added – Galaxy Nexus GSM & CDMA (preview only, manual install), Acer Iconia Tab A500, HTC Vivid, Motorola Defy
Added support for .jpg images in the theme engine
Changed images for stock tablet theme – makes tablet builds about 500KB smaller
Removed unneeded non-GUI images from GUI – makes all builds about 100KB smaller

If you’re itching to get started, please visit the development threads listed below. If instead you are looking to theme the recovery, visit their theming guide.

TDUD

Happy April Fools Day, XDA! Over the years there’s been some excellent pranks thrown by everyone from Google to various news stations even down to websites such as our very own. However, something you don’t see every day is a developer group or team that goes the extra mile on old April 1 to give their users a little prank to play with.

This year on April 1st, we shall pay homage to one of the greatest Android development spoofs of all time. A year ago today, the CyanogenMod team played a little prank on their nightly users. When they released their nightlies, they changed the name from CyanogenMod to TehDuckUberDistro—TDUD for short—and changed the ROM from its hallmark cyan color scheme to an ugly duck color. According to CM Team member Ricardo Cerqueira, aka XDA Recognized Developer aremcee:

minor confusion ensued

The one-day-only nightly of TehUberDuckDistro came and passed, and nearly a whole year went by when aremcee was messing around in the CM statistics and found… Well it’s probably funnier if you hear it from him:

I accidentally noticed, while checking something entirely different in our stats data, that 29 people are still running TDUD today. That one year-old, one-shot nightly is still in use, and I want to meet these 29 people just to shake their hands.

You read that correctly. There are still 29 people out there booting up to see that quasi-creepy, googley-eyed, skateboarding duck in a joke ROM the CM team released a year ago. Maybe the CM team will pay homage to those dedicated 29 by releasing a 1-year anniversary TDUD nightly, right? We can only hope. Until then, if you happen to be among those 29 people still running TDUD, or happen to know one of the 29 people running TDUD, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the one shot ROM in the comments or at least let aremcee know in his Google+ post so he can shake your hand.

The few, the proud, the TDUD users.

[Big thanks to iSaint for the tip.]

Nook ICS

The Barnes and Noble Nook Color is a very versatile device. It has seen a lot of development since its release in 2010. Cyanogenmod has been a staple in Nook Color development, officially supporting the device from the beginning. The community maintained ROM essentially transformed the eReader into a fully functional 7 inch tablet.

Now, the latest unofficial Cyanogenmod 9 ICS nightly build was released, bringing the tablet back into the ICS device forefront with an update to 4.04. The update is available in two versions, one with OpenGL and one without. From the original thread:

These builds are all straight sync with CM source with no additional mods. Builds are sync’d at 3am EST for non-openGL and 3.30am EST for openGL – they will be available to download approx 15 mins after their sync times.

So what does OpenGL rendering mean? It means we have some form of hardware acceleration for the UI and apps. It is not full hw accel and it is not hw video decoding. The couple of things you’ll notice work is wallpaper scrolling in the launcher and chrome beta will mostly work to render webpages but will fc if you go into settings. Flash also somewhat works – I’ve found you definitely need to OC to get some flash videos to work, most still are not smooth.

If you’d like to get your Nook Color running this update, visit the ROM thread created by XDA Senior Member eyeballer. It contains links to the necessary files and lots of tips from users already running the ROM. You will have to wipe your device when installing, so be sure to thoroughly back it up. Good luck, and don’t forget to report your findings in the thread and thank eyeballer for his hard work compiling the nightly builds.

Nook Color

It wasn’t long ago we brought users their first taste of Botbrew when the popular V6 Supercharger Script was ported to the Nook Color. However, that is not the end of the story for the spunky application. As time has gone on and development has improved, Botbrew is getting ready to hit the streets as a universal Android app.

Started by XDA Senior Member inportb for use on the Barnes & Noble Nook Color, the lightweight package manager has been improved upon numerous times, and it has been brought to our attention from inportb that this application will likely hit the Market sometime in the near future. How far into the near future is anyone’s guess, but that’s the game plan.

For those who don’t know, here’s a description of what Botbrew actually is:

BotBrew is a repository of *nix software (such as bzip2, curl, openssl, python, and ruby) powered by Opkg, a lightweight package manager that feels like dpkg+apt. BotBrew is also a build system for anyone looking to build and package his/her own scripts and programs.

Before we continue, I’d like to thank the Opkg developers for making such a powerful and lightweight utility, mateorod for testing the heck out of this thing, and YOU for using BotBrew. Now then…

Given that Linux is the operating system of choice for most developers and that good package managers are rare and hard to come on Android, this application becoming universal could be just what the doctor ordered. The application checks for Opkg, and installs it if it is not present. From there, users have a powerful interface with a nice GUI to do anything from install scripts to create scripts to building programs. What more could one possibly need in a single application, assuming of course that it has the usual bug of not making you bacon.

For more information on the application, including instructions on use and download links, and to keep track of development progress as it gets closer to prime time, head on over to the original thread.

Nook Color

There are a variety of ways to put a script on a device. Sometimes it’s as east as flashing an update.zip from your custom recovery. Other times, it’s unfortunately a little more difficult. For those toting the Barnes & Noble Nook Color, you can get the highly regarded V6 Supercharger script on your device using a simple application called Botbrew, developed by XDA Senior Member inportb thanks to a method posted by XDA Senior Member mateorod.

The method is easy. Simply download and install Botbrew, open the application, do a little configuring, a quick ADB line, and then it’s configuring the script and rebooting. It doesn’t get much easier than that. The script has its usual set of features including tweaks to help overall performance and battery life. If anything should go wrong, the noted troubleshooting method is simply repeating the process and rebooting again. Uninstalling is a rather simple process as well. According to the developer:

Should you ever wish to un-Supercharge, the script completely takes care of that for you, restoring any and all files modified by the process, including the original services.jar!

Apparently, the only thing it doesn’t do is fry your bacon.

For anyone running CM9 on the Nook Color who wants to check out the script, visit  the original thread for download links, instructions, and a very helpful FAQ on the best configurations. Don’t forget to make a Nandroid backup before attempting, just in case.

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