Since Nook Color is intended to be an eBook reader rather than an Android tablet, the default firmware that the device ships with is locked-down quite a bit but now, you can unlock several extra features on your tablet using the NookColor Tools app developed by XDA-Developers forum member Ben74. For a full list of features and instructions on how to install, read on.
The app is in it’s initial stages of development offering a very basic user interface. However, the list of features that it packs definitely make it worth a shot. Here is what you’ll be getting with this app:
- Development > Auto Mount – Turn off USB Auto Mount
- Development > Manage Applications – Uninstall Applications, Clear defaults.
- Battery Usage Info
- SD Card and Internal Memory Storage
- Testing > Battery Info – Status / Voltage & Temperature
- Testing > Battery Usage History
- Testing > Usage Statistics
- Select different installed soft keyboards.
- A rooted Nook Color (See how to root Nook Color & install Android Market with Auto-Nooter)
- ADB installed on your computer (See what is ADB and how to install it with Android SDK)
- NookColor Tools v0.2 (Download from the XDA-Developers thread linked at the end)
- Plug in your Nook Color into your computer via USB.
- Open up a Command Prompt window on your computer, change directory to the location where you downloaded the NookColor Tools APK file and enter these commands:
adb -d shell mount -o rw,remount -t ext2 /dev/block/mmcblk0p5 /system adb push NookColorTools_0.2.apk /system/app adb reboot
That’s about it – you should see the application installed on your Nook Color. You can now use the additional functionality of this application to get extensive control over your device. For future updates or help with any issues with the app, do head over to the XDA-Developers forum thread.