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HoneyComb is Google’s latest and finest development for the upcoming Android tablets and it can now be used on Nook Color, one of the best E-reader devices available today. The installation takes place on an External SD Card, which leaves the current default setup of your device untouched. if you want to try out HoneyComb without having to risk the integrity of your device or your warranty, read on.
With this guide, you will be able to convert your Nook Color from an eReader into a Honeycomb tablet and enable Android Market on it to be able to install and use hundreds of thousands of apps. This method uses a virtual image for the Honeycomb ROM and installs it on the SD card of the device. Without any further ado, here is the procedure.
- The HoneyComb Virtual Image for Nook Color.
- Free disk image writing tool ImageWriter (Download and extract to your computer.)
- A FAT32 formatted SD card with atleast 4GB free space.
- A microSD card reader (A USB one or one that comes built-in with many computers).
Preparing the SD Card
For Windows Users:
- Launch ImageWriter, browse to the location of the downloaded Honeycomb Virtual Image, select your SD card under ‘Device and click the ‘Write’ button.
- Once the image has been written to the SD card, remove it from the card reader and insert it back into your Nook Color.
For Mac Users:
- Open a terminal window
- Find which drive the SD card is mapped to. [type in the terminal this: “diskutil list” , Be very careful to identify the SD card and not your hard disk. Be VERY careful.]
- Now unmount that drive typing this: diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk#
The computer should say: Unmount of all volumes on disk was successful
- Type: dd if=nookhoney02.img of=/dev/rdisk# bs=1m
- Everything needed should copy right over to the card.
Booting Nook Color into Honeycomb
Simply power down your Nook, insert the SD card and power it back up. It will automatically boot into Honeycomb!
Installing Android Market [See the update below for a better alternative method]
Installing Android Market over your freshly installed HoneyComb will require a different approach than just installing an APK.
- Make sure you have ADB up and running, and your device recognized. Refer to our guides on what is ADB and how to install it, and how to enable ADB USB drivers for NVIDIA Tegra and Tegra 2 based devices.
- Download this version of the Market (2.2.11).
GoogleServicesFramework.apk(no longer available; use the alternative method below instead).
- Place the files in any folder on your computer and open a Command Prompt window, browsing to that folder.
- Enter these commands in the Command Prompt window:
adb shell mount -o remount,rw /dev/block/mmcblk1p2 /system adb push Vending.apk system/app/Vending.apk adb push GoogleServicesFramework.apk system/app/GoogleServicesFramework.apk adb shell cd system/app chmod 6755 Vending.apk chmod 6755 GoogleServicesFramework.apk exit adb reboot
- Now go to apps, open the market and sign in. If the Market won’t open at first, reboot and try again and it should work.
UPDATE: Installing Android Market and Google Apps (Alternative Method):
We recently came across an excellent script written by XDA-Developers forum member jleecong that takes care of installing Market, Gmail, Google Talk, Google Maps and Contact Sync for Gmail in one easy go, without having to enter any ADB commands yourself.
- Make sure you have ADB up and running, and your device recognized. Refer to our guides on ADB installation, and how to enable ADB USB drivers for NVIDIA Tegra and Tegra 2 based devices.
- Download HoneyGApps v2 and extract the contents of this zip file to a folder on your computer.
- Browse to the folder where you extracted these files and run the HoneyGAppInstall file.
That’s it – you should now have the above-mentioned Google Apps installed on your device. Enjoy your Honeycomb Nook ! If you want to go back to your stock configuration, simply power down your device , remove your SD card and boot up !