The Fate of the Nook Color, Post Fire [ICS]

December 31, 2011
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Before the release of the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet (NT), we had the Nook Color, it was the go to tablet for developers who were on a budget. Ā  Why had itĀ receivedĀ such attention from so many in the development community? Well the reasons are simple. For the price, it had a great screen and also had solid build quality. Many other tablets at that price could not hold a candle to the Nook Color on these terms.

Fast forward to today, and we ask what does this mean to the current owners of the Nook Color?Ā While it may still beĀ receivingĀ attention from Barnes and Nobles in regards of updates, is the development community still showing the same interest in the Nook Color today? From the research I have done the answer is yes. It seems many have held on to their Nook Colors in hopes of obtaining ICS on their device sometime in the future.


It seems a few major contributors in XDA’s development forum are working hard at getting ICS on the Color. Some of the people hard at work to get ICS up and running include fattireĀ andĀ dalingrin,Ā they have covered some major ground but much still has to be done. From my time browsing the forums it looks like it still is going to be a uphill battle to get the Nook Color running smooth with ICS. So where are we standing today with the Nook Color?

Here’s what’s working:

  • bluetooth (pairing/file transfer only confirmed)
  • WiFi (full it seems but it’s brand-new to the kernel so who knows how stable anything is)
  • backlight
  • accelerometer
  • improved stability (but not perfect)
  • gapps
  • setcpu/overclock
  • real data usage info (not stubbed out)
  • battery levels/charging
  • physical menu button
  • touchscreen
  • 3d games
  • usb gadget in kernel (ie, mounting your sdcard to your computer)
  • screenshots
  • build system (to auto-create update.zips)

For sure not working yet:

  • sound
  • video
  • full 2d acceleration (esp on complex web pages)
  • and much much more

It looks like the ICS build on the Nook Color is giving some renewed hope to some owners who may have lost interest or hope with their or Nook Color. But with 99 pages and 275k views so far on thisĀ current project, it shows no signs of slowing down.

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