NOOKcolor’s Official Froyo Upgrade Now Available


Barnes & Noble has just issued a major upgrade to the NOOKcolor with version 1.2. It brings a lot of good stuff – such as the NOOK Apps store, NOOK Books and enhanced social networking features – but the highlight of the upgrade is the new version of Android – 2.2. It’s no Gingerbread, but it brings one major feature that many have been hoping for on the eBook reader turned tablet – Flash.

You can find more details about what the update brings below. You can either wait for this to be pushed to you over WiFi or manually download and apply the upgrade yourself. Head on over to Barnes & Noble’s site for more details. [Thanks Dane!]

The NOOK Color Ver1.2.0 update contains new features and enhancements, including:

  • Access to shop a broad collection of popular NOOK Apps™ to enjoy great games, stay up to date on news and weather, and more
  • Full-featured free email to check and send web-based email (i.e., Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, AOL) all from one in-box
  • NOOK Color’s update to Android OS 2.2/Froyo offers system improvements, browser performance and a more complete Web experience giving customers access to enjoy even more video, interactive and animated content. NOOK Color now includes support for Adobe® Flash® Player
  • NOOK Kids™ exciting new Read and Play titles that bring animation, activities and stories together
  • NOOK Books Enhanced offer in-page video and audio in a growing number of titles
  • Enhancements to magazine navigation making it easier to enjoy even more of the growing selection of magazines in NOOK Newsstand
  • NOOK Friends™ (beta) to see your friends’ reading activities, swap books with LendMe™, share recommendations and discover new titles


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  1. WuJin, great comment. Couldn’t agree more. Thanks for not being a robot.

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  2. yippee! i’m on it!

  3. Wi-fi connection is still spotty.

  4. Nice to see B&N step up their game and provide a great update. I’m already rooted though and running Gingerbread.

  5. anyway to watch unconverted avi or mkv on stock NC yet? i hate converting video…

  6. I put CM7 on my wife’s nook and she has no want to go back. She said that the difference is astonishing.

  7. It’s a good upgrade, especially for those who are not comfortable with hacking their own etoys, but it does have its limits (most notably, no app sideloading). But there is great news for those who want to see just what the nookcolor can do as a tablet. And that news is that with the firmware upgrade to 1.2.0, you can still boot from the external micro sd slot. So you can test a froyo 2.2 build that doesn’t have any limits, the CM7 stable gingerbread 2.3 build (solid and fast, it’s my personal favorite for the NC), or the honeycomb 3.0 preview, or all 3 if you have 3 micro sd cards available, all without having to root the stock system that’s inside the device. So my opinion is that the Nookcolor is still a great value. Maybe moreso than ever since there’s such an active development community. Your mileage may vary.

    1. No sideloading?!?! Whats up with that. My nookcolor is rooted so not sure i wanna upgrade and lose everything already on it….

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