B&N Nook Tablet – Root and Install Top-Notch Apps

The Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet has just made its appearance on the market a week ago and so far has received great reviews; people who have started using it thoroughly are quite happy and pleased with their new acquisition. Not only does it run on a Google Android 2.3 operating system, but the Nook can now be rooted in a different way, to allow you the instalment of third party apps. The new rooting technique gives access to Google Android Market – the gigantic online shop featuring hundreds of thousands of applications. The process was developed by XDA and is quite complicated, especially for beginners. Roughly, these are the steps to be followed:

  1. Install the Android Software Developer Kit.
  2. Install the Java developer kit.
  3. Enable adb on the NOOK Tablet.
  4. Run a batch file or enter precise commands manually in a terminal/command prompt.
  5. Manually copy the Android Market to the tablet and use a root file explorer to change the permissions of the /system/app directory so you can use the Market.

Further details about Nook’s rooting process can be found online.

After rooting your device, get the applications you desire by using Nook’s web browser to download the files and then start installing them manually. Click on the app’s hyperlink and install the APK (Android Install File) directly to your Nook tablet. There is a large pool of applications that’s available to B&N users thanks to its flexible operating system. Since the tablet only comes with 16 GB of internal memory and only 1 GB of that is app-destined, it would be a good idea to insert a 32 GB Micro SD, just to be sure you have space for everything you want.

some Nook apps

Below there are listed some of the most popular tablet applications that can be fit on your brand new Nook, divided into categories:

Independent Reading Apps:
Wattpad – allows you to discover, share and read books, including those of unpublished authors;
FBReader – the free open source eBook reader;
Aldiko – browse and download from thousands of eBooks;
Moon Reader – eBook with powerful controls and full functions;
Cool Reader – a truly cool eBook viewer;
Mantano Reader – fast and feature-packed eBook reader, with tons of unique features.

Mainstream Reader Apps:
Borders eBooks – the Australian eBook store;
Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader App, Google Books, Kobo Reader;
Overdrive – global distributor of digital eBooks, audiobooks, music and video;
Comic book apps: Comic Book Reader Apps, Comic Book Reader MOBI, JJ Comics Viewer, Droid Comic Viewer, Perfect Viewer – the fastest comic/image viewer, Comixology – browse, rate, discuss comics, trade paperbacks, toys and merchandise.

Alternative Android App Markets:
Slide Me;
Andappstore – also known as soc.io mall;
Amazon Appstore for Android;
App Brain;
APKTOP – Great online market that allows one click installs;

Essential Apps:
Meridian – best multimedia player for music and videos;
Dolphin HD – web browser;
ES File Explorer – file management;
Astro File Manager – the best app of this kind;
Google Gmail;
Android PDF Reader.

There are many more applications available for Nook users out there, just browse the Android App Markets and take a look, it is amazing what the device can do and what its great platform can sustain. For the tablet price, Barnes & Noble Nook is one of the best issues of 2011 and will definitely be present on a great deal of shopping lists.
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One Response to B&N Nook Tablet – Root and Install Top-Notch Apps

  1. Good article but how do i get to download for go launch?7

    j December 4, 2012 at 5:54 am

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