November 30, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson
In his review of Barnes & Noble’s e-reader Nook Color, Andrew mentioned that eventual root access perhaps could provide the somewhat limited tablet with extra functionality. Thanks to the industrious and experimental gadget lovers at the xda-developers, the Nook Color has now indeed been rooted, but the process is still pretty complicated.
The e-reader has been showed playing Angry Birds, running the superb homescreen replacement LauncherPro, as well as a few other apps. Angry Birds is said to perform “as smoothly as on the Galaxy Tab,” but there’s still no proof of that claim in the form of a video. The Nook Color is powered by a 800MHz Cortex A8 processor, so it should have the capacity to run most games and apps.
Nook Color owners that feel a strong urge to try this out can head to nookdevs for instructions, but it’s recommended to wait a bit longer until the quirks in the rooting process have been ironed out. This is definitely a good start though, and hopefully a more convenient one-click solution will arrive before long. At $249 unlocked, with root access the Nook Color suddenly got a lot more attractive for tech savvy Android fans looking for an affordable tablet.