Barnes & Noble announced a large firmware update today for their popular NOOK Color, including Froyo and Adobe Flash support as well as other tablet-like options. As we’ve been anticipating for quite some time, the NOOK Color now has access to a select set of applications, a new email client, and enhanced NOOK books. Version 1.2 is rolling out now and will automatically hit your eReader over the coming weeks. Should you be the impatient type, you can manually grab the update from Barnes & Noble immediately.
We looked at the short list of apps offered by B&N and came away somewhat impressed. Although the list is short, the selection is from notable brands and do well to push the agenda forward. Already available today are Epicurious, Pulse, Springpad, my6sense, QuickOffice, and of course, Angry Birds. Many of these first titles make the NOOK Color feel more handy and convenient to have around the home office, library, and kitchen. We don’t expect to see a ton of games and content offered as this is designed to be an eReader first, with all these other options adding value on top.
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The addition of an email client might be enough for some of you guys and gals out there and Barnes & Noble delivers a nice experience. The app works whenever you are connected over Wi-Fi and will allow for POP and IMAP from a variety of sources including Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, and AOL. Need some corporate email support? You’ll want to download the TouchDown app from their SHOP! It’s the same great application already found on Android phones and tablets around the world.
The list of features and enhancements is rather lengthy so we’ll defer it from here. Head to Barnes & Noble’s site for more details and video demos on each of the major improvements and additions. As we see it, the NOOK Color is a twitter and Facebook client away from being the preferred Android tablet for a ton of folks.