The Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet is seeing another update today, although an unofficial one from the lovely developers and hackers of XDA Developers. Earlier in March we reported that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and CyanogenMod 9 had been ported to the NOOK Tablet, and today it’s been updated with bug fixes and the latest version of Android.
Available today is the NOOK Tablet CM9 alpha version 0.02 and as you can see from the naming it is still a very early build. The NOOK Tablet isn’t as friendly to developers as the original NOOK’s were, but they’ve been making some serious progress. The update today brings the NOOK to the latest version of CyanogenMod 9 and along with it is Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.
While most phones and tablets don’t have it yet, the NOOK is getting a port today. Not everything is smooth but for the most part every aspect works. Including WiFi, Bluetooth, games, apps, Google Play Store and more. Obviously you’ll need to be rooted, and have an unlocked bootloader to get this. Doing so will be at your own risk, as usual.
For tips, instructions, and all the details head to this XDA thread to get started. Don’t forget to flash the gApps package (Google Apps) if you want all that good stuff, and be sure to try Chrome browser now that it works with the NOOK.
- Nook Tablet owners frustrated over 1GB storage, locked bootloader on Dec 1st 2011
- NOOK Tablet update killed root and side-loading apps -- here's a fix on Dec 20th 2011
- Hardware mod bypasses Nook Tablet's locked bootloader on Jan 6th 2012
- New Nook Tablet root method requires just a MicroSD card and a reboot on Jan 27th 2012
- NOOK Tablet internal storage partitioning coming this March on Feb 21st 2012
- Nook Tablet gets an early CM9 port, despite Gingerbread kernel on Mar 7th 2012