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Nook Color will get a major boost from the Android OS

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(Read caption) Nook Color is the successor to the original Barnes and Noble Nook, pictured here.

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Nook Color, the new e-reading device from Barnes and Noble, will utilize Android technology, allowing users to do everything from browsing the Web to checking email, all with a couple taps of the touchscreen. That's the news today from Barnes and Noble, which said the Nook Color should hit on Nov. 19. And anyway you slice it, this is a full-featured e-reader.

Among the pertinent specs on the Nook Color: a 7-inch VividView touch screen, an audio player that holds up to 100 hours of music or voice files, a Wi-Fi antenna, 8GB of internal memory, and approximately eight hours of battery life. Barnes and Noble said that it would soon open a Nook Developer program, where third-party designers could submit applications for the Nook Color.

"With Nook Developer, we're opening our doors to content providers and developers to change the future of reading together," Barnes & Noble exec Jamie Iannone wrote today in a statement. "We invite developers across all platforms to join us in growing our e-reading ecosystem by creating engaging content and reading-centric applications for our millions of customers to enjoy on Nook Color and beyond."

In other words, the Nook Color is basically an Android-tablet, lite.


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