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Now You Can Use the Nook Touch ... As a Kindle 99

An anonymous reader writes "Barnes & Nobles' latest e-reader has already been hacked. In a couple of surprise videos this morning, the hacker zoryl showed the Nook Touch running the Kindle app and running ADW Launcher. The second video also hints at the presence of Bluetooth."
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Now You Can Use the Nook Touch ... As a Kindle

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  • Re:So how long (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 11, 2011 @10:18PM (#36415132)

    B&N have not caused any problems for the thousands of people who are VERY publicly hacking Nook Colors with a full Android.
    And we've been doing that since shortly after they were released. There are multiple versions of Android in fact, and even more different roms to choose from.

    Amazon has not made any noise that I have heard about either- I think they hope to achieve extra e-book sales from those who have hacked B&N devices while B&N is hoping for 2 things:
    Increased customer loyalty (and purchases) from those of us who have replaced the stock rom
    Huge amounts of internet buzz and free advertising about their e-readers.

    I've had one custom rom or another on my Nook Color for 6 months now and I don't know of any lawsuits from anyone, so I think your guess of a week is maybe a bit off. ;)

  • Usefulness? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by proverbialcow ( 177020 ) on Saturday June 11, 2011 @11:43PM (#36415446) Journal
    The touch screen isn't capacitive; it apparently uses a much less precise IR system to track your finger. So, neat, you got it rooted and can run Android apps - on a six-inch grayscale screen that can only roughly approximate gestures. I think that if you want to pay for an e-reader and use it as a tablet, the Nook Color is the better bet.

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982