Nook Tablet Update Kills Root and Sideloading

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xxcarrier

I would consider buying B&N apps if they actually HAD the apps I want, such as Zinio, a video streamer such as PlayOn, and news apps such as BBC.  Instead, we have a handful of months-old, warmed-ever Nook Color apps with little else. If they want to sell apps, then at least have some to sell!

But, Barnes and Noble is treating the Nook Tablet as yet another reader -at $50 above Amazon's Kindle Fire.

Fortunately, I downloaded the apps from Amazon that I needed to make the Tablet usable to me, no thanks to the B&N store and many thanks to the Android app store.

If B&N had a decent range of apps -free or paid- then this block would not be as much of an issue, but instead, they chose to block Android apps, which they initially allowed.

I will not recommend the Nook Tablet to anyone until we have the same -albeit limited- accessibility as the initial version had.

 

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xxcarrier

Update to my own posts: I just called a B&N store and asked for a Nook seller; he was clueless about the upgrade and even suggested to reset to default settings.  Clearly, the higher-ups at B&N did not inform their hapless book sellers/computer experts about the effect of this "upgrade."

Since he took my ranting and raving at him well enough, I advised him to search the internet for what to expect.

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leo655

The folks that bought these thouught they were getting a deal, instead they got dealt and bad hand. XDA can fix the probelm but how many of the users can actually do the fix? How many times will XDA have to put out a fix?

At some point these will all wind in a bin at the Salvation Army or Goodwill resale stores.

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Zoandar

Gotta love XDA!  :)

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orca11

Got one for my wife for Christmas... I'll be taking it back tomorrow and getting a real tablet.  No one locks me out of my own @!#$#@ hardware.

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Wingzero_x

Acer Iconia 501 isn't that much more, and is pretty sturdy and easy to us. Only thing I hated was the short charging cable. I believe the other issue I had is now a nonissue (that being Netflix not working due to it not being a specific Android device)

 

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Eoraptor

yeah, except you couldn't get me to use another acer poduct if you paid me for the privledge. when laptop frames literally disintegrate after 2 years? hu-uh, no thanks. I was mildly interested int he iconia laptop foldable, but that was the limit of my concern for Acer

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Scatter

And you really weren't expecting this when you bought it?

 

/shrug

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Holly Golightly

Lamest eReader tablet ever!

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Jox

Just one more reason not to buy an e-reader, IMHO.

-Jox

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Eoraptor

between Kindle and Nook, I'd swear someone was making a concerted effort to kill the tablet market in its crib. I mean... can they seriously think that these lockdowns are GOOD business moves on tablets which can surf the web? pretty quickly customers are going to go to a website, see that killer app, say "hey, my nook/fire is an android tablet, right?" try to get it, and hit the wall.

then again, this is what happens when you try to copy Apple.

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graydiggy

Tell me how exactly they tried to copy apple?

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Eoraptor

the walled garden approach "you WILL buy your apps only from us, and you will NOT have hardware level control over your own bought and paid for device" just like iPad.

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xxcarrier

Then, B&N needs to also copy Apple by actually having apps to sell in the first place.

I'd buy B&N apps if they had more than the months-old Nook Color apps to sell.  Instead, B&N blocks off apps and refuses to make any of their own apps.

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jgrimoldy

There's already a fix for this:

http://www.xda-developers.com/

The fix is on the main XDA page. 

 

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