Barnes and Noble released the 1.1.0 update today for the Nook Color. The update has a minor change log but promises some bug fixes, pinch to zoom, and improved WiFi connectivity. This is good news if you are one of the millions of people who dropped the cash this holiday for shiny new Nook Color. It’s bad news if you are one of the few who rooted the Nook Color for use as a worthy Android tablet. This update will probably destroy your root process and put you back to stock. I don’t have that confirmed yet but I would recommend if you are rooted to disable the updates by using the necessary ADB commands until the devs have it figured out. Here is the official change log from B&N:
NOOKcolor Ver1.1.0 update contains enhancements to improve the overall performance, including:
- Improved performance of Wi-Fi connectivity, Home and Shop.
- Ability to pinch and zoom in browser.
- Enhanced reading experience for magazines and children’s books.
- Access helpful NOOKcolor related information and support tips on the new default browser home page.
- Reduce mistyped passwords with “show password” option during registration and Wi-Fi set up.
- Easily identify NOOK kids Read To Me™ books with a new text banner next to the titles in Shop.
- General bug fixes and performance improvements.
I have not spent much time on a Nook without modification. So if you find some worthy improvements to it after this update then feel free to post in our comments below. We are big fans of the Nook Color here at Gear Diary and are anxious to see future development by B&N. Personally I can’t wait to get a stock version of Android 2.2 on it and keep it as my daily tablet. If you want to upgrade now and have not done so automatically there are simple directions on how to safely do this. B&N gives you the option to just wait until it comes across automatically or gives the link to download and place it on the internally memory to force the update. Either way any update is welcome and performance and WiFi improvements will only make a great product better. If you have not yet pulled the trigger on a Nook Color, I recommend reading some of our other posts about here on Gear Diary. I can almost guarantee no matter what you want to use it for you won’t be disappointed.
The Nook Color forum over at XDA is starting to gain some information on the update. Some say that the update brings some code in that will possibly prevent the ridiculously easy rooting process. Not much is known yet about it update and how is will help the modding community but I’m sure as soon as the smart people figure it out it will be posted on the site. For now I’m holding off on the update only for reasons of breaking my rooting process. Although it would be simply to go back to factory and root the device again I am happy with it right now and am content on holding off. Here are the links to all the information you need on the official update:
(just place it in the main folder of your Nook Color, make sure you have 25% or better battery)
Via Barnes and Noble
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