Today, Barnes & Nobles have announced the second generation Nook. The all-new Nook sports a 6-inch touch screen E-Ink Pearl display. The new display offers better contrast compared to its predecessor, and is easily readable in direct sunlight as well.
Compared to the first generation Nook, the new Nook is 35% lighter at 212 grams and is 15% slimmer as well. The eBook reader will ship with 2GB of internal memory onboard, along with a microSD card slot.
“We set out to design the easiest-to-use, most optimized, dedicated reading device ever created and accomplished it with the All-New NOOK,” said William Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble. “Touch makes it simple to use, and the beautifully compact design makes it the most portable eReader in its class. Add to that an unmatched battery life, the most advanced paper-like touch display on the market and wireless access to the world’s largest digital bookstore, and we believe that for readers of all ages, the All-New NOOK is the best eReader on the market, and a great value at $139.”
The new Nook eBook reader is based on Android 2.1, and features Nook Friends as available on the Nook Color. The eBook reader is powered by an 800 MHz processor from TI OMAP, and sports Wi-Fi but lacks 3G.
One of the highlights of the new Nook is its battery life. Barnes & Noble’s state that the new Nook has a battery life of whopping 2 months, with Wi-Fi turned off! The all new Nook can already be pre-ordered for $139, and will start shipping on June 10.
Barnes and Noble’s have started rolling out a new software update for their popular Android based eReader the Nook Color, which also doubles up as decent Android tablet when modded.
The new software update (v1.2.0) brings with it some much need changes including an update to Android 2.2 FroYo.
Below is the full change-log from Barnes & Noble’s :
- Access to shop a broad collection of popular NOOK Appsâ„¢ to enjoy great games, stay up to date on news and weather, and more
- Full-featured free email to check and send web-based email (i.e., Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, AOL) all from one in-box
- NOOK Color’s update to Android OS 2.2/Froyo offers system improvements, browser performance and a more complete Web experience giving customers access to enjoy even more video, interactive and animated content. NOOK Color now includes support for Adobe ® Flash ® Player
- NOOK Kidsâ„¢ exciting new Read and Play titles that bring animation, activities and stories together
- NOOK Books Enhanced offer in-page video and audio in a growing number of titles
- Enhancements to magazine navigation making it easier to enjoy even more of the growing selection of magazines in NOOK Newsstand
- NOOK Friendsâ„¢ (beta) to see your friends’ reading activities, swap books with LendMeâ„¢, share recommendations and discover new titles
The software update is an OTA one, and will be automatically pushed to your Nook Color within a week from now.
Sadly, this update still does not bring Android Market access to the Nook Color officially. Unofficially, Nook Color users can always flash CyanogenMod 7 on their device, and enjoy Gingerbread along with Android Market access.