B&N provides Nook 3G/WiFi 1.5 update and Android 2.4 update

Barnes & Noble rolled out updates for their Nook 3G/WiFi devices and Nook for Android applications. Get these on your devices and enjoy some advanced features.

I was so impressed by the quality and functionality of the NOOKcolor that I purchased my own that should arrive this week. I still have my Nook 3G and the Nook app loaded on my EVO 4G and iPad though as I like to access this content from multiple devices. Yesterday, Barnes and Noble released their version 1.5 update for the Nook 3G and Nook WiFi along with Nook for Android version 2.4. If you have a Nook or the application on Android go get these free updates now.

Nook version 1.5 update

The Nook version 1.5 software update includes the following:
  • New Features
    • Sync current reading position across devices. Sync across all NOOK eReaders and devices enabled with NOOK software and apps, including iPad, iPhone/iPod touch, Android smartphones and PC.
    • Customize folders and group content for My B&N Library. The My Shelves feature enables users to organize B&N Libraries by a particular subject or theme, on easy-to-organize, easily-accessible Shelves .
    • Password protection option for purchases made on a NOOK device. Customers can require their Barnes & Noble account password be entered before NOOK authorizes any content download (purchases, samples and free books). This is a helpful feature customers requested for NOOKs that are shared among family members, students in a class and company employees).
    • Pass code security for the NOOK. Customers can configure NOOK to lock the screen after a certain number of minutes and then require a pass code to unlock it. The pass code security feature will activate each time the NOOK does powers on, awakens form Sleep Mode.

  • Enhancements
    • Faster page turns. Customers can enjoy a 50% faster turn rate than the previous version.
    • Improved search functionality that includes My Documents (side-loaded content) in the results.
    • Additional battery and other performance enhancements

I just updated my Nook 3G so I haven't had the chance to play with it too much, but the sync across ALL Nook eReaders is key to my usage pattern. I know these other features have been requested by many owners and it is good to see Barnes & Noble continue to support and innovate with the Nook.

Nook for Android 2.4 update

My HTC EVO 4G is a perfectly good ebook alternative with the large display and fact that it is nearly always with me.

The Nook for Android 2.4 update includes the following:

  • In application shopping experience.
  • Support for notes, syncable across devices.
  • Support for highlights, syncable across devices.

Are you pleased with these updates? Anything else you want to see from Barnes & Noble for the Nook or Nook for Android applications?