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.