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 Color.
XDA Senior Member pasttime1971 originally ported the PDroid application to the LG Optimus 2x, specifically for ICS. From here, XDA Senior Member mateorod used the universal package installation of the botbrew application to get users an easier way to install PDroid on their devices.
The concept of using the BotBrew application to install various scripts and mods is nothing we haven’t seen before. However, as the application has finally hit the Android Market, more and more devices can use it to spread the awesomeness everywhere. Says mateorod:
Porting PDroid through a package manager like Botbrew has several advantages. It allows users to have PDroid on their device while updating to the latest nightlies whenever they wish. It also happens completely on-device, which is a must for many people. Package management also allows users to remove the mods and restore their original system apps at any time. For the Nook, I also use package management to combine mods, such as PDroid and the V6 Supercharger.
This brings up a very cool point. Not only can these ports and scripts be installed on the device at any time from the device, but you can combine different modifications and create your own mega kanged modification. Then, if you ever need to, you can turn it all off. This has the advantage over the original port as there really isn’t a way to turn it off unless you dive into where it was installed and manually delete it.
For much, much more information, check out any of the links above or mateorod’s PDroid port post for more information about PDroid and botbrew.
February 20, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
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 off and power on while pressing N to get to the boot menu for stock.
The process is relatively simple for those who own the Nook Color. You simply follow the same directions you normally would if you were to burn a NookieFroyo SD card from NookDevs.com, which racks11479 has been gracious enough to link to in the process. After that, there’s a short installation process, including an optional install of a Supercharge script, and you’re reading to start triple booting. Additionally, it appears that racks11479 consistently updates the thread and method so you can be sure that what you’re using is current and will likely be updated again.
For those who want triple booting goodness on their Nook Color, you can find download links, the full instructions, change log and all the additional options in the original thread. As per the norm, don’t forget to make a back up just in case!
February 7, 2012 By: Ian Stacy
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 this dual boot image for use on an SD card rather than the internal eMMC.
Following the SD versions release he put together a flashable version for the adventurous. Building the SD card requires the use of a partition manager and an image burner, but that’s a small price to pay to protect your devices precious eMMC.
If you decide to flash to your internal memory then, as usual, you take your devices future into your own hands. Check out the thread here to try it yourself and be sure to thank racks11479 for another great contribution to the Nook Color world!
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 to offer NOOK apps to an audience of millions of NOOK Color customers, developing applications for the NOOK Color platform, application submission and approval process and NOOK Color APIs.
Developers attending the workshop can secure their approval as a NOOK App Developer and learn how to quickly monetize their apps in the NOOK Store™ where many third-party developers are generating substantial revenues.
The App Developers Conference addresses key components of app development, marketing and revenue. Attendees will hear from more than 80 expert speakers in 6 conference tracks. The event brings development professionals together with platforms, tools, services, and brand marketers. Conference keynotes include ESPN, Walmart and Pandora. Attendees will also hear from Netflix, Nissan, Nielson, BMW, Microsoft, Bump, Samsung, AT&T, Qualcomm, Intel Capital and dozens of other companies that are developing and monetizing great apps.
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 member DrSarcasmo, which is simply to update to the latest version of BusyBox.
For more information, and to download the apk, head on over to the modification thread.
June 20, 2011 By: mic_888
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.
The OMAP CPU has 5 OPPs available and the app allows you to change the clock rate for each of those OPPs at runtime. The app also helps to reduce hiss and noise on your headphones by adjusting he DAC volume and headphone analog gain.
The Nook Color Tweak app makes low level changes in the driver to increase volume helping to ensure that audio quality versus hardware level changes remain balanced.
The app is available to download free in the Market. For further information, head on over to the application thread.
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 a few improved official drivers, apps, features, and much more. This will likely open the doors for many of our devs to start tweaking, extracting things, and hopefully, building new roms from a much more stable base.
There are mixed reports but all of them point at this being far better than the original stock. Having tried a NC with original stock myself, I can only say that they would have had to work REALLY hard to actually make it worse. Have you tested this yet? Please leave us your thoughts.
NOOK Color’s update to Android OS 2.2/Froyo offers system improvements, browser performance and a more complete Web experience giving customers access to enjoy even more video, interactive and animated content. NOOK Color now includes support for Adobe® Flash® Player
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April 7, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
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 since last build)
- Toggle status bar top/bottom via cm settings. Changes position on the fly when setting is toggled.
- Moved carrier and power notifications to bottom for bottom bar
- Created “Tablet tweaks” menu in cm-settings root to gather all tablet related options in one place
- Extended power menu with home/menu/back buttons. toggable on the fly via cm settings
- Custom volume-long-press events (home/back/menu/call/end call/search/start-stop-music/next track/prev track/longpress home)
- Added same options for both-volume-buttons press and long-press
- Fixed status bar xml, so soft buttons now appear as big as the .png file is.
- Solved issue about soft buttons not clickable. Their size is now determined smart by the real size of the buttons
- Added option to move soft-buttons left or right
- Added submenu to choose which soft buttons to display.
- Added Quick-Notification-Area-Soft-Button – instantly opens/closes notification area since swiping it open is a long way on tablets
- Added a Dead-Zone option, so the middle of the status bar is not clickable. Happend a lot before people click it when trying to hit space
- New graphics from Drakknar in extended power menu – thanks!
- Added option to toggle extended power items seperatly
- Added option to reverse power button behavior (switch short-press with long-press action)
- Cleaned up the options and created new submenu
- complelty rewrote volume button handling to handle all our new demands
- integrated Drakknars great new design and wrote code for it
- lotsa tiny fixes / bugfixes
- Added option to disable/override fullscreen
- Added option to disable lockscreen
- Disabled the animated text for ongoing notifications when softbuttons enabled. this “ticker” did hide the soft buttons for a short while
- Used same status bar size for nook color than for vega now. buttons should be bigger and not stretched this way. awaiting complaints about status bar too big
- added hdpi icons for resized statusbar via overlay for vega and encore this way, status bar items dont look blury anymore
- added search button to list of soft-buttons – its off by default
- added long-press to home, back and search soft-button
- extended fullscreen handling: when a fullscreen app is running, an additional
hide-softbutton is displayed. once pressed, the app gets real fullscreen
- added option to choose unhide button for fullscreen
- improved hide-button handling for special situation, like app-starting-app (i.e. astro file mananger starting movie player, which does fullscreen request) and more
- Bugfix release #1
- Bugfix release #2 (aka tt.RC1) removed volume remapping for cm7stable, because source of too many possible bugs considering all the uses of volume buttons + lockscreen disable + reverse
- code cleanup – moved most stuff to Cm classes (CmSystem, CmPhoneWindowManager, CmStatusBarView, CmButtonTracker) – am satisfied with the code now
- improved fullscreen overriding in Window class. not only setFlags, but also setAttributes is intercepted now
- modified stock terminal emulator, so it doesnt crash the system anymore, when disable-fullscreen is selected
- further improved fullscreen handling after all feedback i got. RC2 and probably merge ready code
Want to try it for yourself? Continue on to the original thread to download a build.
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 also be the CPU that’s been revved up after the first test.
Q ’How can I install apps on my Inspire 4G from the market that are blocked by AT&T?’
A The best way to avoid this is by installing Sideload Wonder Machine. It’s software for you PC, which allows you to sideload applications to your phone without directly accessing the Android Market.
Q ’I've looked everywhere in the settings and can’t find a way to zoom in while taking a picture or movie. Anyone know how?’
A Use the volume keys
Q ’How can I remove MOTOBLUR from my Motorla Milestone 2?’
A There’s no way to get rid the complete Motoblur service from your phone, you can however hide it using any other homescreen replacement such as Launcher Pro or ADW Launcher. Note that this only hides the homescreen replacement, not the other services like remote device finder etc.
Q ’Today I noticed the screen of my Nook Color was oversensitive, it was incredibly frustrating and almost unusable. How can I solve this problem?’
If you have a burning question, make sure to search the forum first before posting. If you didn’t find the answer, you can post your question in the appropriate forum.
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 also be aware that there are two ‘mount points’ on the Nook – so you can simultaneously mount two partitions.
For more information and to download the apk file, head on over to the application thread.
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:
Pre-requisites include a working Nookie FroYo or Honeycomb MicroSD card, and the u-boot.zip file.
For more information, check out the modification thread.
February 2, 2011 By: Ben Elliott
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.
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 it and extracted the image for the OS. This was then turned into something flashable and was flashed into a Nook Color. XDA member deeper-blue shows us a video of the end result of that. Just as any SDK port, the new OS makes the device laggy, with tons of features missing (including camera and 3D acceleration). However, this is a nice proof of concept and a bright glimpse into the future that will be Honeycomb. The tables on this will likely turn by the time AOSP hits the shelves, so if patience is indeed one of your virtues, you may want to use it.
What do you think of this new OS so far? Do you think it is as rich and feature full as Google has claimed so far? Please leave us your thoughts.
graphics acceleration more or less working. The SGX driver seems too old for some buffer request of android 3.0, so right now the statusbar is invisible but still functional. Not sure if I can fix that or have to wait for the AOSP release.
What is not working… pretty much everything else, no accelerometer, no wlan, no sound. Haven’t started working on those things yet.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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