Today is the day folks, and Nook Color becomes the first cheap tablet to get support for Google’s newest Android OS version 3.0 Honeycomb. The image is out in the open and free for download, although due to the amount of bandwidth used, you’ll have to expect the download source to change continuously.
While today’s release feels somewhat like a pre-alpha package, this is to be expected. There are still drivers unique to Nook Color missing and the image still has stability issues but the graphic acceleration is there together with accelerometer support, WiFi connection, touchscreen (of course), sound and sleep mode. There is no hardware video decoding either.
If you want to play with the current version, this link works (for now),. The Android 3.0 for Nook Color download is 466MB big and called nookhoney02.img. Download it, write it on a 8GB memory card (4GB might work but you won’t have much space left for anything). Choose a very fast card or the performance will be very slow.
If you are working in Windows, you can download WinImage 8.5 from here and use it to write the nookhoney02.img to it. If you need instructions in how to write the image onthe microSD card, check out our Nook Color root article. You’ll get better results if you use a 64 bit OS since the extracted file is quite big and use Winrar 64bit version to extract it.
After the image is written, you’ll need to completely turn off your Nook Color and then insert the prepared microSD card in it, then power it back again. The Nook Color will boot up in a Honeycomb splendor.
If you want to install the Android market, it was reported that version 2.2.11 works well. Here are the steps:
0. Prerequisite: Have a rooted Nook Color. For How to instructions, read this article.
1. Download the Android Market
2. Download Google Services Framework
3. Place the files downloaded from step 1 and 2 inside your Android SDK \ Tools folder
4. If step 3 doesn’t make sense, read our How to root Nook Color article. It will provide you with the basics in how to perform each step.
5. Copy both files onto your Nook Color using ADB command windows and performing the following commands:
6. Open a command prompt in that folder, and issue the following commands: (what they are doing is mount the Nook Color system folder as writable, push both files downloaded at steps 1 & 2 into the device, inside the system folder, changing the permissions and rebooting the device). After reboot, open the Android Market app and sign in using your gmail credentials.
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
chmod 6755 Vending.apk
chmod 6755 GoogleServicesFramework.apk
Thanks to deeper-blue