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At the end of October, Barnes & Noble introduced its Android based color e-reader called the Nook Color. It came with a 7″ device and runs Android 2.1 but was restricted to be run as simply a Nook e-book reader. Today it was all good news as Barnes & Noble is working on an Android 2.2 update for the device. However rumors were reported that the new update would let users load their on Android apps on the reader but Barnes & Noble plans to keep the Android Marketplace off-limits to Nook owners.
A company spokesperson said in an interview, “Standard Android applications can run on the device, but we are working with developers to create Nook-specific applications using our SDK. Those will be available via the Barnes & Noble e-book store in early 2011.”
In a demonstration on a test unit, it was seen that the Nook color is said to address performance and battery life issues after the new update. Nook color has been suffering with battery life issues and the new update reportedly improved it.
Nook color is set to sell at $250. We will review it as it comes out.