Firmware Update Transform Nook Into A Mini-tablet
It’s been a few months since the bookstore giant Barnes and Noble introduced their e-book reader, the Nook. It may not have the same exalted pedigree as Amazon’s Kindle in the electronic realm but it’s been good enough to give its competitor a run for its money. Since it’s release, Barnes and Noble have released two updates to smooth out the initial kinks. But it seems that they’ve decided that it’s time to up their game. Firmware release 1.3, which is an automatic update, brings several surprising features for what’s supposedly just an e-book reader.
First of all, the patch takes advantage of the underlying Android OS and integrates a web browser into the Nook. It may sound like it may be too demanding for the humble e-book reader, but it seems able to handle it. The dual-screen enables swift web-browsing – just don’t expect any Flash or audio on that gray-scale e-ink display. However, if you’re just browsing your daily blog sites and reading your RSS feeds, you’ll be fine.
Next, is the addition of the Read-in-Store feature which enables you to browse ebooks while in a B&N store. The e-books disappear when you leave the store, if you haven’t bought it. Definitely a great way to take advantage of the fact that Barnes and Noble have actual brick-and-mortar stores.
Finally, the guys at B&N threw in a pair of games. Sudoku and Chess work well on the black-and-white e-ink screen of the Nook. The patch is definitely mixing things up.
As you can see, web access, more e-books and games; I can honestly say that with a simple patch, the Nook has become more than an e-book reader. I’m excited of what changes they’ll be bringing to it in the future!