Nook Color, an e-reader, could soon be converted into a tablet computer with a forthcoming update of its software, Barnes and Noble has indicated.
Barnes and Noble, the maker of Nook, has indicated this on Home Shopping Network.
Operated with Android 2.1, Nook Color primarily offers ebooks, preloaded games and a web browser, but Nook users till now do not have access to app stores, and nor does Nook support Flash.
Also, earlier, people who want to root their Nook to access Android Market used to get their device’s stuck because Barnes and Noble treated rooting as a type of jailbreaking.
The update, which will arrive in April, will provide users access to new apps, email features, and some other new functionality. Nook Color owners will also get a whole bunch of other applications including Angry Birds, Drawing Pad, Tikatok, and Lonely Planet Phrasebook.
Those who plan to buy Nook Color from Home Shopping Network will be interested to know that it is available at $50 (about Rs 2,250) less from the Barnes and Noble website.
Earlier,a Wall Street Journal story wrote about how to root Nook Color, and said it was working very much like an Android tablet. The writer picked up the rooting method from Ars Technica website.
However, Barnes and Noble itself hasn’t confirmed the software update news.