Froyo, Honeycomb hacks for Nook Color available on eBay

By Matthew ยท 19 replies
Mar 7, 2011
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  1. Since its debut last October, the Nook Color has received a lot of attention among modding communities. Hackers were quick to root the device's native Android environment, allowing users to run a standard version of Android 2.2 Froyo and 3.0 Honeycomb. Costing only $249, that poses an interesting value proposition for resourceful individuals looking to buy an entry-level Android slate.

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  2. whiteandnerdy

    whiteandnerdy TS Member Posts: 69

    My friend did this and it is sweet. honeycomb runs really well on it.
  3. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Lol. Then google gets the auctions pulled because they violate the GPL.
  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +903

    Is it worth it to buy one of this and do something like putting android on one to have a portable device to check mail and surf the web?
  5. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 267

    I'm very tempted to buy one of these and install Honeycomb. $250 would be what I'm willing to pay for a tablet, and all I'd really use it for is browsing, and viewing PDF's of shop manuals in the garage. If it gets a bit dinged or greasy, no big deal.
  6. I've got a NC, and it's great. But if all you want is a device to look at pdfs and browse some basic internet, you might do better with just a cheap laptop with a larger screen. You can get used laptops for $200 easy. Besides, I don't think greasy shop fingers and a touchscreen would play well together.
  7. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    Yup, it's official. I'm buying a NookColor, overclocking it, and running this joker on it. Though not sure if I want to run it from the SD card, or if I want to root the actual device. After all, you can root it and then just download the nook (and kindle) software and still use it as an e-reader. I just don't know how to do the overclocking with Android on it...still got time till tax refund comes in, so there's time to learn and decide what to do.
  8. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    I won't lie. This is really tempting me to get a Nook. I don't like Android but Android 3.0 looks pretty cool and all for $250? Bump this thing up to 1 Ghz if possible and the deal seems even sweeter.
  9. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    You can overclock the Nook to 1.1ghz
  10. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    Well hello good lookin. ;)
  11. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    I'm with you. It's almost so tempting, I'm tempted to be suspicious of why it is so tempting.

    But seriously, how much "slower" are we talking? And really, full-featured? Can someone post a link to some pics (if it's legal? :)) or some detailed comments? I don't know anyone who's done it, but at $250 that is JUST the right price for something that does internet, pdfs, ereading, and other simple things (does the rooted or hacked NC allow you access to Android's app store? If so, can the stock cpu or occ'ed cpu handle running them *fine*?
  12. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89


    The CPU and GPU are decent so overclocked to 1Ghz should be great. Not like Tegra 2 great but beggers can't be choosers. If by some chance in hell I DO do this, I'll keep you posted.
  13. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    Sounds good Jibberish, gracias. I am very tempted myself. In reality, this doesn't seem that different (to my noobtastic sensibilities) from the first-gen iPad. How much RAM does this thing have? I would probably be even more tempted were it the Kindle Color, since Amazon seems to be kicking B & N around like a droopy, armless schoolchild (thanks for that one coked-up, methed-out, 139lb Charlie Sheen :))
  14. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    All you seek is here.

    BTW, if you search, you can find plenty of stuff on people's experience with Rooting the Nook Color. Videos on Youtube, I'm sure, are plentiful. They always are. Personally I can't wait to get home and check this out.
  15. mcmurphy12

    mcmurphy12 TS Member Posts: 82

    Do you have any links showing how to do this? I am also very tempted to try this, haha.
  16. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    I haven't found any "how-to" videos on it yet, but there are videos on youtube of people who have overclocked their NCs while also running Android 3.0. You just have to do some searching. Youtube and Google are your best friends, lol.
  17. mados123

    mados123 TS Rookie Posts: 17

    I'm getting the same feeling I did as when I found out the AppleTV 2 could be jailbroken and installed with XBMC! I don't really *need* this technology but when the price and functionality are so attractive, it might be the time to jump in!
  18. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    You'll have to install a kernel with overclocking support then use setCPU to set the frequency and scaling.
  19. bonniesmith

    bonniesmith TS Rookie Posts: 40

    Maybe honeycomb runs well but Froyo does NOT! I got a nook and decided to try looking Android 2.2 and it was a nightmare, slow as heck and practically useless in terms of proving me with a proper OS.
  20. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    Deeperblue from the XDA Developers forums is doing a lot. He's working on an OCing kernal for Honeycomb (they had one but it was fritzy so they took it down to work on it) and apparently he's also working on constantly improving honeycomb kernals for the nook.

    This is for the OCing kernal...for if you already have Froyo or Honeycomb (and others) installed. Don't ask me any more questions...i'm just posting what i've found, lol. The only thing is, if you're going to start digging around in the XDA Developers forums, you better know what the hell you're doing. There's a lot of stuff in there. You need to know what you do and don't need. But like I said, youtube and google are helpful places. Some youtube videos will have links to what you need. Just always know how to reset your nook back to factory settings in case something goes wrong. And you especially need to know in case something happens to your nook (because once you root that sucker, you void the warranty...and unless you reset it before sending it in for repairs, they're gonna send it back and say "sorry...can't do anything for voided the warranty.") Do all of this stuff at your own risk. No one but you is responsible for what happens.

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