Nook Color to receive 'major' firmware update, new magazine titles

Summary:Barnes & Noble has announced several developments for its prized Nook Color e-book reader. Not only is a ton of new content on the way, but a "major" firmware update is too.

Barnes & Noble has announced several developments for its prized Nook Color e-book reader. Not only is a ton of new content on the way, but a "major" firmware update is too.Let's start with the easy and most confirmed stuff. First up is stuff you can get now, which includes copies of such popular glossies like The Economist, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine and ESPN The Magazine, along with the "only" digital version of The King's Speech.

Kids will get some new treats too as the children's book section is being expanded with new interactive titles from Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer.

But more importantly, B&N will issue "a major update to the device’s firmware" what will allow access to "exciting new applications, email and many other requested features." Some of the apps on the way include Angry Birds, Drawing Pad, Lonely Planet Phrasebooks, Tikatok, and Wine PhD.

According to the Home Shopping Network (via CNET), all of that will be thanks to an upgrade to Android 2.2 with Adobe Flash onboard and the new Nook Store. (Don't call it Nook App Store!)

The Nook Color is about to get a whole lot more exciting.

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Topics: Android, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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