NOOKcolor Getting Froyo, But Not Android Market Access

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UPDATE: Barnes & Noble has confirmed that the NOOKcolor will be getting an Android 2.2 update in 2011. The NOOKcolor will not be getting Android Market access however. Barnes & Noble will be opening its own NOOKcolor app store instead.

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Barnes & Noble can claim the NOOKcolor offers “the ultimate reading experience,” but at TabletPCReview, we know it’s an Android tablet by another name.NOOKcolor

With that in mind, the NOOKcolor will be getting Android 2.2 (Froyo), the same OS powering the Samsung Galaxy Tab and many high-end Android smartphones, in January along with Android Market access, according to SmartphoneMag. The update will also bring with it the standard Android home screen and pinch-to-zoom web browsing.

The report mentions that the NOOKcolor may not have full access to the Android Market, which makes sense as some apps do not support large display resolutions. The Samsung Galaxy Tab has full access, with some apps running centered on the display surrounded by black space.

Priced $250 at launch, the NOOKcolor will be one of the least expensive Android tablets on the market with access to the Android Market.

Along with Android 2.2, the NOOKcolor update is also said to bring battery and performance improvements.

TabletPCReview will have a full review of the NOOKcolor later this week.

Source: SmartphoneMag

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