The NOOKcolor eReader from Barnes & Noble runs a highly customized version of Android 2.1 but without the Android Market. However, the modding community has hacked the NOOKcolor to get the Android Market working on the device.
Nevertheless, Barnes & Noble has now promised that the NOOKcolor eReader will get the Android 2.2 update in January. The update is going to be a huge’ one and will turn the NOOKcolor into a tablet.
The update will also bring with it pinch-to-zoom in browser and the typical Android 2.2 home screen. NOOKcolor users will be given an option to switch between the highly modified NOOK’s UI and the Android 2.2 UI. The Barnes & Noble representative also told that the eReader will be getting access to the Android Market with this update. However, users might not get access to all the available applications.
The update will also fix the battery life and performance issues that many NOOKcolor owners are currently experiencing. The Android 2.2 update will bring performance improvement, better memory management and Flash 10.1 to the NOOKcolor.
A full blown Android 2.2 based tablet for only $249! Stellar deal!