Hacked Nook Color runs Android 4.2

The other day I grabbed my Barnes & Noble Nook Color and thought, “This is pathetic.” But that has changed…

Picture of Nook Color running Android 4.2

I’d tried to do this mod before, by installing Android onto a microSD card and then powering the Nook off the SD card. The main problem with that was, that although Android actually ran, it was SLOW as *BEEP*!

So yesterday I decided to try it again, but do it differently. The main advantage to doing the root from an SD card is that it’s all on the SD card, so if you remove the SD card, “Voilah!” you have a Nook Color again. The main disadvantage is speed. As you know, microSD cards are storage only, which means that they have no RAM. Although the RAM on the Nook Color helped some, it was still, as I said before, very slow and laggy.

This time, I installed a ROM image onto my SD card, then put in, still as zip files CyanogenMod 10.1.3, a zip to repartition data, and a zip to reformat data, as well as the matching version of Google Apps. That way, instead of installing the files to the SD card, I installed them onto the Nook, which actually replaced the Nook Color operating system with the Android OS. Why do that? Improved performance, as well as being able to run Android without the SD card in the Nook, meaning that I can take the installation files off of the card, then put it back into the Nook as extra storage. That means it truly is now a tablet equivalent to the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The only difference? The Nook only has 256 MB of RAM (memory), which is about as much as the Droid X and other early smartphones. That said, the only game that I haven’t been able to play very well (and so I deleted it) because of that is Deer Hunter 2014, which has incredible graphics, and lots of movement.

I’m pretty sure there is a way to turn it back into a Nook Color, but at the moment, I haven’t done much research on it and I don’t really want it to be a Nook anyway. Why would I do that when I now have an awesome Android tablet for a quarter of the price? I can always download the Nook app!

Want to know how to do this? Leave a comment and let me know!

-The Editor.

3 Responses to Hacked Nook Color runs Android 4.2

  1. I’d love to hear how you did it. Many of the how-to’s out there are a couple years old now, and use both dated tools and images.

    • Hi Eric,
      Thanks for checking out my blog! I will post sometime soon with the exact things that I used (as well as how I did it). I didn’t use the latest version of CM, because there aren’t any stable versions of CM 11. If you don’t match your gapps version to your CM version you’ll have trouble. Look for that tutorial coming soon…

      What’s your blog? (I’m assuming you have one)


      (Follow to be notified when I post the tutorial!)

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