Nook Tablet Update Kills Root and Sideloading

Ryan Whitwam

Owners of the Kindle Fire were certainly fired up when Amazon disabled root access in the newest firmware update, but Nook Tablet users have even more reason to be upset. The newest update to Barnes and Noble’s device not only kills root access, but blocks the installation of third-party apps completely.

Before the new 1.4.1 update, users had the option of installing Android APK files with a browser workaround. Despite Barnes and Noble’s changelog indicating 1.4.1 brings only “minor system enhancements,” users are not fooled. Anything that has already been installed on the tablet will remain active, but no new apps can be added for the time being. Without a new root method, shoehorning more apps into the Nook’s closed-down software will be tough.

The update is being pushed automatically to Wi-Fi connected Nooks. Anyone that wants to avoid the update will need to stay off Wi-Fi, or use root access to block updates. Any Nook owners out there a little miffed?

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