Barnes & Noble Nook Color Gets Another Update

This latest update is at best a moderate jump but still a welcome one. We’re going from 1.0.1 to 1.1.0. The majority of the changes are to small things like pinch to zoom on the browser. Some have reported tighter touch sensitivity/accuracy and a sharper snappier responsiveness. The list of updates is as follows:

NOOKcolor Ver1.1.0 update contains enhancements to improve the overall performance, including:
  • Improved performance of Wi-Fi connectivity, Home and Shop.
  • Ability to pinch and zoom in browser.
  • Enhanced reading experience for magazines and children’s books.
  • Access helpful NOOKcolor related information and support tips on the new default browser home page.
  • Reduce mistyped passwords with “show password” option during registration and Wi-Fi set up.
  • Easily identify NOOK kids Read To Me™ books with a new text banner next to the titles in Shop.
  • General bug fixes and performance improvements.

The official update can be found here.

If you are reading this blog though I imagine you have some interest in rooting and unlocking the full potential of this awesome device. The great folks at NookDevs.com and XDA-Developers as always are on the ball. An update has been posted that, due to it’s direct update nature, does not interfere with previously installed apps etc. It’s not quite 100% stable but it worked like a charm for me and most others who have tried it. You can check the following thread to get the update package and list of instructions. If you are comfortable with your Android/Nook skills you can follow the following short instructions after the jump.

  1. Grab the package from the forums thread.
  2. Copy it to the root of your SD card via USB.
  3. Install Rom Manager.
  4. Open Rom Manager and choose “Flash ClockworkMod Recovery”.
  5. In Rom Manager choose “Reboot into Recovery”.
  6. Navigate(vol up/down = menu up down, nook button=enter, power=back) to “install zip from sdcard” > “choose zip from sdcard” apply the update.
  7. Back out to the main menu and choose “reboot”.
Congratulations! You’ve got an updated, rooted, nook color.
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