Android Phones

Barnes & Noble announce Nook Color: $249 color e-reader and Android tablet

October 26, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

Android Devices, Tablets

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Barnes & Noble has confirmed the Nook Color, a full-color touchscreen e-reader and tablet all in one – all powered by Android.

At a special unveiling in New York, America’s largest book retailer unveiled a touch sequel to its popular Nook e-ink device released last November. The Nook Color, which is 8.1 inches long 5 inches wide, sports a 7-inch touchscreen. The screen includes a “VividView” that includes 16 million colors with 1024 x 600 resolution. It is treated with reduced glare for better viewing outdoors and includes a backlight for reading in low-light situations.

Nook Color ships with an as-yet-unnamed version of Android that has been heavily customized and built specifically for this device. Barnes & Noble has pre-loaded special versions of Facebook, Pandora, Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, Chess, and a host of other extras. There’s also a heavy focus on reading newspapers and magazines. There’s no Android Market support and Barnes & Noble has no plans at the moment to include it. However, they will launch an SDK and developer outreach program for creating apps targeting the device.

According to Engadget, B&N stated during the press conference that apps will be “curated” (pre-approved), sideloading will be allowed, and there’s no Flash support. There’s also no 3G present but that could appear in a future release. For now, this is a Wi-Fi only device.

Nook Color goes on sale November 19th for $249. Visit Barnes & Noble for a full list of specs and more information.

  • A stunning 7-inch VividView Color Touchscreen and a thin, beautiful and highly portable design
  • The first full-color touch device dedicated to reading everything and built on Android
  • Access to the largest bookstore with an unprecedented selection of over two million digital titles a single search away
  • Read bestsellers to favorite magazines in full color, and interactive children’s picture books and enhanced cookbooks
  • Easy and fast book downloads in seconds over Wi-Fi
  • The most social reading device ever built; you’re only touches away from sharing with friends via Facebook, Twitter and email.
  • The new LendMe App, which enables NOOKcolor users to view LendMe books in their friends’ Barnes & Noble digital libraries and request to borrow a title they’ve been meaning to read
  • 8GB of space plus expandable memory to store it all your digital books, magazines, newspapers and children’s books