Apr 252011
 

Barnes and Noble today has released a major upgrade for the Nook Color. Not only has it been upgraded to Android 2.2, but it now comes with the long-promised Barnes and Noble app store. Flash has also been included in the upgrade. More information may be found here:

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2011/04/nook-color-gets-froyo-flash-facebook-and-angry-birds.ars

While I’d imagine those of us who rooted our Nooks won’t be reverting back to a stock install just to run 2.2, I do think this is a good upgrade for the Nook. A slightly more modern Android version, Flash support, and a basic app store are all good features for the general public. Several caveats, though: for Flash fans, Engadget, in its own review of the Nook Color upgrade, notes that so far it’s *not* the “fastest plugin alive.” There’s also no Android Market, of course, though that’s available for the rooters.

For the general public, this will make an already-nice ebook reader/basic tablet much nicer. Not sure how much pressure this will put on the Kindle, however.