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Former Writer · Apr 22, 2012

BotBrew Used to Port PDroid to More Devices

With so much development work created and released, it is only a matter of time before development ideas collide and the awesomeness aggregates for end users. That said, we've already brought you coverage of PDroid to help promote privacy and BotBrew, a Linux-based package manager that gives users the ability to flash or create virtually anything. Now, BotBrew is being used to help port PDroid to a number of devices, including the LG Optimus 2x and the Barnes & Noble Nook...

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Former Writer · Feb 20, 2012

Triple Boot the Nook Color with Stock, CM7 and CM9

Dual booting on Android devices isn't the newest technology out there, but whenever it gets ported to a phone, it's a pretty exciting experience. So what does that say about triple booting? That is even more exciting, for one thing. XDA Senior Member racks11479 has posted a method that will, once installed, allow users to boot into CyanogenMod7, CyanogenMod9 and stock on the Barnes & Noble Nook Color. Simply boot into CM7, then reboot to get into CM9 or power...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 7, 2012

Create a Gingerbread/Ice Cream Sandwich Dual Boot SD Card for the Nook Color

Every time we publish a story about the mods and developments on the Nook Color, it makes me seriously wonder if the Barnes and Noble people knew what was possible with the little ebook reader they were selling. XDA Senior Member racks11479 has updated his multi-boot images for the Barnes and Noble Nook Color to include an SD image with both Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich. Since the ICS build is semi-unstable and he still needed access to Gingerbread, racks11479 created...

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mic_888 · Oct 3, 2011

Barnes & Noble To Present Nook Developer Workshop

Barnes & Noble appear to be stepping up it's developer efforts, hosting a NOOK Developer workshop at the App Developers Conference, taking place in Santa Clara, California on October 26 & 27. Built on Android, the NOOK eReading platform accelerates developers' abilities to bring rich, interactive content and applications to market. The sessions will delve into all the technical details of developing and offering applications for the NOOK Color Reader’s Tablet and will cover the compelling business opportunity for developers...

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mic_888 · Jul 4, 2011

Nook Colour Netflix Fixer – Update

If you've been trying like other Nook Colour owners, to get Netflix up and running on your Nook, here's an update from XDA Senior member brianf21. The XDA member has put together an app (designed for CM7) that will update your /system/build.prop file and changes ro.product.manufacturer=bn to ro.product.manufacturer=HTC. The app also allows you to revert back to the original setting, although changes will only take effect on reboot. For SD card users, there is an alternative solution provided by XDA...

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mic_888 · Jun 20, 2011

Overclock Your Nook Color And More With Tweaks App

Fancy overclocking your Nook Color to 1.3GHz+? Tired of the speaker not being loud enough? Well you might want to try out XDA forum member dalingrin's Nook Color Tweak App. Current features of the app are below, although the dev hopes to add more features to the app later. CPU speed per stepping. Allows you to overclock as much or as little as you want. Headphone analog gain. External speaker analog gain DAC gain The OMAP CPU has 5 OPPs...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 25, 2011

Nook Color Getting Official Froyo Update

Better late than never, but the Nook Color seems to be getting their much deserved, official Froyo update today. This was rumored a few days ago by XDA member Tool Belt, who posted a link to another site, which claimed that this would be the case. Needless to say, NC owners have been enjoying Froyo goodness (and Gingerbread as well) for quite a while now. This, however, is always nice as the base on which the update was made, likely contains...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 7, 2011

Tablet Tweaks RC2 for CyanogenMod Brings Your Tablet Honeycomb-Inspired Soft Keys

Lusting after those ever-present soft keys that Google introduced in Android 3.0 Honeycomb? Luckily, XDA forum member and CyanogenMod developer mad-murdock has been hard at work to stave off your upgraditis. In essence, the developer has added the ubiquitous Android soft keys to the notification bar, which he then moved to the bottom of the screen. Additionally, the full screen event handling has been modified such that the notification bar is now (almost) always present. List of modifications (green = new...

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ElCondor · Feb 27, 2011

The Weekly Q&A: Week 27

Every week, we select five questions and answers, found on the forums. Even though some of these questions and answers might not be of help for you, they might still be interesting to read. Q 'Why is the first test score in Quadrant always lower than the following ones ? ' A There's no expert explanation to this fact, but we guess that it has got something to do with the OS keeping the processes and data in memory. It could...

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mic_888 · Feb 18, 2011

Nook Color USB Mass Storage Utility App

If you want to be able to make use of the storage space on your Nook Color, take a look at XDA forum member samuelhalff's simple app that easily mounts your Nook Color to PC. The app can be used to open your SD or internal data on your PC, and can mount pretty much any partition. Confirmed partitions include SD card, media (internal drive for your media and documents), SD partitions (up to 4) and internal storage. You might...

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mic_888 · Feb 13, 2011

Dual-Boot Nookie-FroYo And Un-Rooted Stock

XDA forum member japzone wanted to be able to Dual-Boot from the MicroSD card and choose to boot either to Nookie FroYo or Un-Rooted Stock. The reason for Un-Rooted Stock is so that the XDA member wanted to be able to receive the B&N updates. With the help of another XDA member Rookie1, Nook Color owners can now try out dual-booting between FroYo and Stock! Now whenever you turn on your Nook Color, you have three options: Power On normally...

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Ben Elliott · Feb 2, 2011

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...

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egzthunder1 · Jan 31, 2011

Nook Color Running Honeycomb From SDK

By now, you are all probably aware of the existence of the SDK for the upcoming, tablet oriented Android 3.0 OS, aka Honeycomb. Since Google couldn't wait for this to get out for the anxious devs out there, they went ahead and released it to the masses. However, the devs are not just happy to run an emulated version in their PC as this is meant to be mobile in nature, so a few members have been working hard at...

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egzthunder1 · Jan 7, 2011

Nook Color Gets Ubuntu!

As we got tablets floating around in our forums, it is only natural that people will look at them and say "hmm.... what if we try and make this one better?" XDA member devastatorx has prepared a guide to allow users to run Ubuntu on the Nook Color. The devices like tablets should be ideal for this OS as they don't have the limitation of a relatively small screen like the smartphones do (even if the HD2 has a 4.3...

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egzthunder1 · Dec 31, 2010

Remove Cell Standby Service from Nook Color

Many of our members have noted a thing or two about the Nook Color, but XDA member xboxexpert hit the nail on the head while trying to remove useless processes from the device. As the device is not a phone, having the Cell Standby process running in the background is kinda silly. Particularly, when this process is responsible, for the most part, for the most common battery drain on Android devices. In any case, the dev put together a script...

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mic_888 · Dec 19, 2010

Auto-Nooter for NookColor

There are lots of rooting tools available for various Android mobile devices and now there is an 'Auto-Nooter' for the Nook Color. Auto-Nooter is an automated nooter file to streamline the rooting process and has been tested by the developer, XDA forum member GabrialDestruir and other members. The tool has the following features: Installs SU and Superuser.apk Installs Busybox Installs Softkeys 2.0.2 Installs NookColor Tools to enable non-market installs Installs Calendar and Calculator Installs Android Market, GMail, YouTube Enables Multi-Touch for...

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mic_888 · Dec 15, 2010

NookColor Auto Config

If you're tired of having to manually configure the mods and settings for your Nook Color, look no further as XDA forum member Mistar Muffin has helpfully written a linux script to do it all for you. The script automatically does the following: Enable APK installs directly on the device Enable Live Wallpapers Enable Multitouch for certain apps (Google Maps etc) Download and extract the Google Apps to the proper place on your NC and set permissions Download and install YouTube...

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egzthunder1 · Dec 15, 2010

How to Place Shortcuts to Your Books in Your Nook Using Alternative Launchers

So, you just got a Nook and want to use your favorite launcher instead of Nook's stock, but doing so will prevent you from placing shortcuts to your favorite books. XDA member mad5427 figured out a way to place these shortcuts and links to your favorite materials in the Home screen of other launchers like ADW or Zeam. The guide is relatively easy to follow and will allow you to have everything you need at your fingertips. The only caveat...

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mic_888 · Dec 8, 2010

How To Change Your NookColor Boot Animation

There are many mods for mobile phone boot animations, and now XDA forum member Mistar Muffin has posted a tutorial to help Nook Color owners change the boot animations on their devices. You will need to download the rar file, extract and rename accordingly, and then copy onto your device using adb commands. The bootanimation.zip included in the file is from CM5 for the Droid1. After the words 'DROID' comes the red pulsing eye as it loads. If your preference...

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mic_888 · Dec 6, 2010

Create Soft Menu/Back Keys On Your Colour Nook

If you're a Nook Color owner and would like a menu/back key for times when the notification bar is not displayed, look no further! XDA forum member bpk originally tried changing the key layout to map the hard volume up /down keys to the menu/back functions. However on second thought, he thought the hardkeys may not stand up to the wear and tear so decided to hack up an app to create the desired soft keys. The hack works so that...

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