Within just weeks after the NOOK Tablet was officially launched, hackers from the underground community had already found a way through the device which allowed them to root the tablet and install the official Android Market app.

Unfortunately, the NOOK Tablet doesn’t have the same one-click procedure that is used for many other smartphones. Instead, certain requirements are needed before you can actually root your device.

In order for the hack to succeed, users must install the Android Software Developer Kit and the Java Developer Kit to get started. Once the kits are installed, users need to enable ADB access on the NOOK Tablet, copy the Android Market app, and tweak some configurations for the application to work properly.

After successfully following the procedure, the number of apps that can be installed for the NOOK Tablet greatly increases. With some minor modifications in the search filter, users will then be able to see more compatible apps that are not normally present during their first try.

Though, the NOOK Tablet’s bootloader still eludes unlocking.  Once the bootloader has been unlocked, we can expect to see custom ROMs run on the NOOK Tablet in the near future.

For an affordable price of US$249, the NOOK Tablet is certainly a sleek, powerful device with an affordable price tag.

See the rooted NOOK Tablet, with the Android Market onboard, in action:

Paul Nuñal
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.
  • My wife and I love our new Kindle Fire. It’s lightweight, easy to use and has a great interface. The first thing I recommend anyone with a new Kindle do is install the nook app. We got our instructions from http://www.kindlemad.com through google.

    It basically unlocks all the Android marketplace apps and unlocks the device. I am one very happy Kindle owner!

    • Tone Loc

      So you came to a Nook Tablet article to post your fanboy love for the Kindle? Insecure much?

  • Ctcmcdcq

    I am undecided as to which to get – Kindle or Nook – but since I don’t use I-tunes and I really dislike the selection of books in the Amazon store, I am leaning toward a Nook. I have no idea if by downloading the Nook App on the Kindle Fire will allow you all the same access to Nook Bookstore, and Google Books like the actual Nook does. Also I really like the expandable storage, something that Kindle does not have.