CyanogenMod 10 Alpha officially comes to original Nook Color

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Anyone remember the original Nook Color? The odd e-reader-gone-Android-tablet was first released over a year ago, and arguably is what started the market for small, cheap, 7-inch Android-based media consumption tablets. Since then, plenty of new hardware has come along in that space, including the Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, and now the iPad Mini. However, the original Nook is still at least somewhat relevant, thanks to the help of the CyanogenMod developer team.

For quite a while, the only builds of CyanogenMod or Android that actually worked well on the Nook Color were those based on Gingerbread, even after the Android 4.0 source code was released. With newer ROMs, there were quite a few problems with accelerated video and other drivers, making the builds less than useful for media consumption and gaming. Fortunately, although it has taken quite a while, most of the bugs seem to have been ironed out. The CyanogenMod team just recently released an alpha build of CM10 for the device, and it seems to be the best one yet.

Quite a bit of work has gone into making the build great, and bugs with YouTube, H.264 video playback, and OpenGL acceleration seem to finally have been fixed. There are still going to be a few things that don’t work quite right, but they should be small in comparison to the benefits of finally updating to CM10.

I still have an original Nook Color, which has been stuck running CM 7.2 for quite a while, because I didn’t think that the Android 3.0 and greater builds were quite ready. It may have taken quite a while, but now they are finally good enough. I’ll probably install the CM10 alpha on my Nook Color just to see how well the device can work after all this time, and would suggest that anyone else with an original Nook Color gather dust do the same.

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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5 thoughts on “CyanogenMod 10 Alpha officially comes to original Nook Color

  • Avatar of Paul E King

    Oooh, I must check this out. I’m running a CM9 ROM on my Nook and it’s too slow for what I want it to do

  • Thanks for that update.

    I haven’t checked the nook color section on xda for quite a while now and thought CM7.2 would be running on my tough little nook forever.

    Will definitely check this out.

    • Avatar of Paul E King

      CM9 is pretty good on it… hoping CMX is better as I don’t think they figured out the kernel quite right with 9 – could burn through the battery in 4 hours of screen off

  • Avatar of hisuwh

    Those guys at CyanogenMod are clever

  • Avatar of PacoMan

    It’s suold be noted that the project has gone to bata. Fixing almost every problem that they have run into. The beta tag is far from it. It feels more like a day to day driver and worth dusting off your nook color rooting and running this bad boy to its true Android glory


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