May 6, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
The official Google Play store is now available on the Nook HD. That story and more are covered by Kevin, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is a discussion of the new Paranoid Android Halo and a custom kernel for the HTC One, which modifies its button’s function.
Kevin talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce talked about Code Katas and The Curse of Knowledge regarding App Development. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
We understand that companies want to keep tight control of their products and how they’re used. But it kind of makes you shake your head when this is done at the expense of functionality. Case in point is the current generation of Barnes & Noble tablets: the Nook HD and Nook HD+. They shipped without built-in access to the Google Play Store, which hobbles the end user’s ability to use the device without, you know, taking command of your hardware in order to load the missing goods.
B&N is rethinking its approach. They’ve mentioned that this is due to popular demand, but we’d bet market forces from competition with the Kindle Fire are also a factor. Yesterday they issued a press release announcing native support for the Play Store on all Nook HD and Nook HD+ devices. At the very least, this lets users load the apps they want without requiring them to root their devices. The move also brings the full suite of Google Apps that were conspicuously missing before. This includes things like Gmail, Youtube, Maps, Chrome, etc.
Devices already in use will receive an over-the-air update. All new units will ship with these packages already installed.
January 2, 2013 By: Former Writer
The CM10.1 releases have been flying off the shelves in recent months. Porting has begun to slow down a little bit, but there is support for new devices on nearly a daily basis. There is no pattern to releases, as the specifications on a device don’t seem to matter. Now, there are unofficial CM10.1 builds for the Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ and the Samsung Galaxy Fit GT 5670. Once again, there is a new device and an old device receiving the latest Android at nearly the same time. The Galaxy Fit build was posted by XDA Senior Member erikcas. It’s based on the the Galaxy Ace version by XDA Senior Member Wayland_ACE. It is surprisingly stable, but there are a few things wrong including:
Audio routing issue: in some cases audio routes to handset instead of headset Secure wifi AP youtube control buttons
Since that is the running list of issues on the Galaxy Ace, it’s safe to assume they’re also the issues on the Galaxy Fit. It is still a beta, though, so there may be some smaller quirks and issues not reported.
XDA Senior Member verygreen posted the CM10.1 for the Nook HD+. This is a very interesting release because it’s geared to run specifically off of an SD Card. Thus, users don’t actually install this to their /system partition like a normal ROM. Instead, they install it on their SD card and boot from there. Since you can still boot into the regular OS, this means that installing CM10.1 means you’re essentially dual booting, albeit through cumbersome means.
There are some issues with the Nook HD+ ROM, which may make the build unsuitable for some. The /data partition is only 900MB for right now, there are some MTP issues that users should avoid, Bluetooth audio is reportedly awful, and users can’t boot back into the regular OS without removing the SD card.
December 22, 2012 By: Former Writer
A couple of weeks ago, we brought you news that the Nook HD and Nook HD+ had gotten permanent root. This is of course great news, as the Nook HD and HD+ run their own Android-based OS, and were in serious need of some more traditional Android goodness. Now, there is a new method for root, along with installing the Google Apps that will make the device much more usable.
XDA Senior Member someone0 posted a pretty long tutorial that takes Nook HD and HD+ owners through the entire root and modification process. Included is a link to three guides. The first is a root guide, the second is a Google Apps guide, and the third is a tips thread by XDA Senior Member leapinlar. Using these guides in tandem, users can get root, Google Apps, change the settings to install unknown sources, and more.
This guide can be immensely helpful to those who want their Nook HD or HD+ rooted and running Google Apps. Plus, Play Store access is always nice. In short, having these extra tools can make these tablets infinitely more useful to those who enjoy using Google’s products.
For the full tutorial and more details, check out the original thread.
Were you productive while away from your home on the Interwebs last night? Or did your ORD have you F5-ing the XDA forums in hopes of getting your next dose of that tasty root-enabled goodness? Whatever the case, we now have another forum for you to check when making your rounds across the site.
The flagship HD+ builds on its predecessors with impressive specs including a 9″ IPS panel with a retina-pleasing 1920 x 1200 resolution, a dual-core 1.5 GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor, a full gig of RAM, and up to 16 gigs of storage. Its little brother offers much the same specs, but with a slower 1.3 GHz OMAP 4470 chip and a 7″ IPS panel with a 1440 x 900 resolution.
Those eager to get in on the discussion should head over to the newly created forum!
December 10, 2012 By: Former Writer
While the Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 made quite the splash upon release, the launch of Barnes & Noble’s latest tablets was a bit less bombastic. That didn’t stop developers from noticing and hacking it. Now, the Nook HD and Nook HD+ have root.
XDA Senior Member verygreen has done a lot of work for the latest tablets from Barnes & Noble, starting with root and ending with a very early build of CM10. The root process is for both Windows and Linux. It’s a very easy, one-click solution. Users simply download the package, unzip it, and then run the applicable script. The only known issue is that superuser.apk doesn’t install properly. However, they can easily be fixed by installing your favorite Super User app from the Play Store.
The CM10 installation is rough, as you would expect from an early build. It’s installed on the SD Card, and if you want it, you have to compile it yourself. Thankfully, verygreen gives instructions on how to do it. It’s very much a test build, and is in no way a daily driver. However, verygreen is asking for input from anyone who tests it, as the build is still very much in development.