For a lot of Android users out there, the Nook Color was their first exposure to the platform, or at least their first exposure to the magic of root and custom ROMs. The tablet's unlocked bootloader (from the days before B&N caught wise and started protecting its loss-leader business model) made it easy to convert into a "full" Android device. The CyanogenMod family of ROMs was one of the first reliable alternatives to the base software, and despite the aging hardware, the latest update is now available for the Nook Color. CM 10.1 (Android Jelly Bean 4.2) is now ready in nightly form. 


Definition: A "nightly" is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day's worth of new code has been committed.

It could oftentimes be unstable and not properly tested, lacking any changelogs, but eventually evolving into alphas, betas, release candidates, and finally stable releases.

While the late 2010 tablet isn't going to leave anything in the dust, it's at least as useful as the latter Nooks and Kindle Fires after being granted access to the Google Play Store. At the moment, new builds for the Nook Color are coming at intervals of about one week, and there are no stable or beta builds yet. If you're wary of the usual pitfalls of nightly ROMs, you might want to stick to CyanogenMod 10 (4.1) or whatever ROM you're using at the moment. Ready to take the plunge? Don't forget your Gapps.

CyanogenMod - Nook Color (encore)

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://twitter.com/cabbieBot cabbieBot

    I remember, years ago, sitting in a B&N breakroom pushing Angry Birds and Zeam Launcher to the nookcolor over ADB after using the original nooter method. The humble NookColor has always been the little tablet that could. *wipes away a tear*

    • fattire


      • Simon Belmont

        Great work, fattire. Thanks for helping to keep my NC alive.

        CM10 and CM10.1 have actually breathed new life into the old girl. They both run really well.

  • http://profiles.google.com/rcastles Robert Castles

    Very cool. Flashing now!

    I suppose this nook has been flashed 300 to 400 times! It's great to have it on the latest code!

  • http://twitter.com/GamerErrant Dan Knight

    If only the HD+ could get the same love the good ol' NC still gets.

  • http://profiles.google.com/danielm.nc Daniel Marcus

    I got a Nook Color years ago, and I loved it. I still miss that device. As much as I love my Nexus 7, the Nook color with its rubberized back and SD card slot was a pleasure to use. I really wish B&N would release an updated Nook with an unlocked bootloader.

    • rsanchez1

      Well, they released an updated Nook, but you're out of luck with the unlocked bootloader. That's not to say the newer Nooks can't be hacked, but won't be as easy as when you have an unlocked bootloader.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kyle-Radomski/100003212588917 Kyle Radomski

      Now with the Nook HD and the Nook HD+ able to use the Play Store along with Nova launcher, we can say were getting there with these devices running android

  • runderekrun

    Does anyone know of a complete "From stock to Cyanogen 10.1" tutorial? This stuff be confusin'.

  • John Mitchell

    I still have and love my Nook Color "Wilburina". Alas she's not aging well, sometimes unresponsive to swipes and presses, but I love her so. When next I have some time I'm going to get a pot of coffee and upgrade her to CM 10.1 -- this is great news!

  • http://profiles.google.com/mbjelland Matt Bjelland

    You always remember your first... :'-)

  • Simon Belmont

    Ah! Glad to see this went official. I've been running the alpha, beta 1 and beta 2 ROMs on my Nook Color for a couple months now. For the most part, they've been great. ;)

    Nookie Devs are some of the most dedicated developers out there, especially given the age of the hardware. Hats off to you guys and I look forward to Key Lime Pie on my venerable Nook Color in the future! :)

  • mateor

    The Nook is my favorite device I have ever owned. It would really take a lot to top it. That feeling I had when I put CM7 onto it and saw what it was truly capable of...that was a great moment. I felt like I had discovered a secret universe, I really did.