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Hack gets MeeGo onto Nook Color, runs seriously well
- — 03 June, 2011 10:10
The Nook Color getting hacked isn't exactly new -- there are plenty of Nook Color hacks now, from installing different versions of Android to improving battery life or storage space. It's pretty exciting, then, when someone tests out a totally different OS, that also looks quite impressive on the Barnes & Noble e-reader.
Nomovok specializes in technical details surrounding MeeGo, an open-source OS designed for smartphones. It took the guys over at Nomovok one week to get it fully functioning, but in the end, they successfully managed to get MeeGo running on a Nook Color. One of the reasons they picked the Nook Color was due to Barnes & Noble's decision to release its source, by opening up the kernel, Bootloader, and Android Stack to developers.
The main issue Nomovok came across in hacking the device was the touchscreen controller, which is obviously an important aspect of the Nook. Although MeeGo is running fairly smoothly and quite fast, and with Wi-Fi, the touchscreen and button controls all in working order, there are still a few issues to contend with -- most notably, glitches involving Bluetooth as well as the gravity sensor.
Check out the video from MeeGoExperts, who explains the hack in a little more detail. Look at how good it looks as well as how responsive it is to the touch. Do you think Barnes & Noble should consider MeeGo for future releases?
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