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Last week we reported that the CyanogenMod team had added almost a dozen new phones and tablets to their list of officially-supported devices, including Barnes & Noble's increasingly affordable Nook HD and Nook HD+. At the time the B&N tablet builds weren't quite ready, but nightly ROM builds just showed up for both the 7-inch and 9-inch versions. Go forth, ROM addicts, and flash to your heart's content.

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CyanogenMod still uses baffling codenames on the Get.CM download page, so if you're looking for the builds in the left-hand menu, search for "hummingbird" (Nook HD) and "ovation" (Nook HD+). At the moment both of them have just one official nightly build available, but stable builds should be appearing soon, and both are slated to be updated to CM 10.2 (Android 4.3) when the time comes. As always, you'll need the Gapps flashable ZIP file if you want access to the Google Play Store and the rest of Google's apps, and of course you'll need root and a custom recovery to flash anything at all.

The Nooks aren't exactly top-of-the-line tablets, as they're intended for reading and other media consumption and not much else. Their Texas Instruments processors in particular aren't going to blow anyone away, and a lack of cameras and sensors makes them pretty basic as far as features go. But they do have one thing in their favor: price.

The 7-inch Nook HD is just $129 at retail and the HD+ (with a great 9-inch, 1080p screen) is $149. Both tablets have been significantly discounted from their original MSRPs, and official CyanogenMod support makes them great for cheap, mod-friendly project gadgets. If you're flashing the ROM as you read this, drop a line in the comments section. I'm curious to see how well they perform, the Nook HD+ in particular.

Get.CM - Nook HD

Get.CM - Nook HD+

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.
  • Shadab

    Running CM 10.1 on HD+ since 4 months. Its been great. Good to see official CM builds.

    • CoreRooted

      I gave mine to my daughter with 10.1 on it. She calls it her big phone. LOL

  • kindrudekid

    can I haz the official installation instruction?

  • Telefunken

    Have they fixed the problem where you can't access the Play Store without losing sound?

    • dvschnk

      I guess so...never had an issue, but only had my HD+ since beginning of july with the officemax deal for $99. But it does seem that development has picked up a bit with more users from the price slashing.

  • Barnun

    I'm using a non-nightly version of CM on my Nook HD+. Much snappier than the stock UI, but still a bit sluggish when switching between app windows. At 1920x1200, the relatively modest hardware is going to struggle. MX Player will still hardware accelerate most video codecs, so the quality there is fine.

  • brakar

    I don't get why they don't allow searching by device names on get.cm. You get the device name when you hover on the codenames but it is impossible to find without looking at all one by one.

  • http://cyanogenmod.org/ ciwrl

    "CyanogenMod still uses baffling codenames on the Get.CM download page"

    Might I suggest the beta page instead? Beta.get.cm ;)

  • David Peterson

    I've had the HD+ with Cm for a few months and it's overall a good value for the price. It can stutter a bit and some people have to remove the Maps app (it doesn't have a gps and it caused some crashes), but other than that it is a solid performer with a good size and nice screen.

    If you are looking for a budget tablet and want one larger than 7" then HD+ is a great option. Definitely looking forward to further refinement now that it's official on CM.