In a developing story with very little details, Microsoft has sued Barnes and Nobles over their NookColor ebook reader for using Android. Bloomberg reporter Dina Bass has commented that Microsoft wants to block the imports of the device. Microsoft has in the past sued phone manufacturers for using Android.
based on rumors, Amazon is also considering an Android based ebook reader.
More on the story as details are made available.
Update: Here’s a statement from Horacio Gutierrez, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property & Licensing at Microsoft,
“The Android platform infringes a number of Microsoft’s patents, and companies manufacturing and shipping Android devices must respect our intellectual property rights. To facilitate that we have established an industry-wide patent licensing program for Android device manufacturers.”
He further said that Foxconn and Inventec are also being sued over the infringements.
Update #2: GeekWire has posted excerpts of the patents that Microsoft has sued Barnes & Noble with.
Although it does not really work yet. So do not get hyped yet.
XDA member deeper-blue ported the preview SDK version of the next iteration of Google’s mobile OS Android 3.0 on the Barnes & Noble eBook reader, the NOOKColor. Android 3.0, codenamed Honeycomb has been developed with tablets in mind. This means that when properly streamlined and optimized for tablet computers, Honeycomb will take the mobile computing scene to newer heights.
Deeper-blue initially described his port of Honeycomb on his NOOKColor kernel as a zombie. That was because although the system booted and ran fine, there was no touch input or hardware acceleration. Soâ€¦ not only was it incredibly slow, it could not have been useful at all.
However deeper-blue managed to hack away at the code and managed to get the touch input, orientation sensor and even the graphics libraries in order. So, for now, the NOOKColor can be used to some extent.
Needless to say, he/she has the entire XDA forum (composed mostly of geeks, technophiles, hackers and other synonyms for technology-lovers) drooling. If deeper-blue manages to successfully port Honeycomb on the NOOKColor, it could very well be the cheapest Android 3.0 tablet in existence as well as being the only Android 3.0 tablet in existence, for now. Ha!
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!