Boot your Nook Color and Nook Tablet to Android 4.1 with N2A microSD

Boot your Nook Color and Nook Tablet to Android 4.1 with N2A microSD

Have a Nook Color or Nook Tablet and find yourself envying those with more full-blown Android tablets? Take things into your own hands with the latest release from the fellows over at Nook 2 Android. It’s a lesser known fact among its general user base that the devices run Android at their core. Even less apparent to the B&N crowd is that you can make those tablets boot and run a stock Android experience.

Previously limited to the Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience, Nook 2 Android (N2A) microSD cards now allow the aforementioned devices to boot directly to the same Android 4.1 Jelly Bean experience that comes with phones and tablets.  Specifically, this is a Cyanogenmod port of Android, or the preferred stock UI and features that many modders prefer to employ. In a nutshell, these cards turn the e-readers/tablets into Android tablets, complete with widgets and access to Google Play.

If you own one of these two devices and wish to get in on the standard Android love, there are a number of options at your disposal. On one hand you can buy a microSD card already loaded with the bootable OS, with capacities ranging from 8GB ($29.99) up to 64GB ($69.99). On the other hand, you can opt for the $19.99 method which lets you download and install the image on your existing microSD cards. Note that not all cards and capacities may be supported. Whichever route you go, the process of booting to Android 4.1 is not far off!

 

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13 Comments

  1. doug
    November 27, 17:48 Reply

    Or you can just head over to xda-developers.com, go to the nook forums, and do it yourself for free.

    • devin
      November 29, 10:57 Reply

      I totally agree with this.

  2. Steve Lindsey
    November 28, 13:27 Reply

    yeah i cant see why somone would pay for a known free method.

    • Louis Gallinaro
      December 26, 10:11 Reply

      Same reason people pay Jiffy Lube when they could do the job themselves for half the money.

  3. Jesse
    November 30, 11:32 Reply

    If you go over and check out their website there are a ton of reviews saying how grateful they are for N2A. I know it is hard to believe but there are people that don’t know how to hack their devices or just don’t want to. I for one am not one of those people but they are out there.

  4. angel
    December 05, 10:55 Reply

    Maybe some people don’t have the know how or are hesitant on modding their Nooks and would prefer this. Even though modding it is pretty easy for techies, it can be pretty confusing for grandma who isn’t as tech savvy.

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