The update, which brings the firmware to version 1.2, brings several important new features: support for Android 2.2, Nook Color app store, Flash and a built-in email client.
Support for Android 2.2 (Froyo) brings better performance and system improvements, and Adobe Flash support brings not only a better browsing experience, but also enhanced book titles that offer in-page video and audio.
Finally, the built-in e-mail reader lets you check several webmail accounts (such as Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail and AOL) from one place. It's hard not to notice that the BlackBerry PlayBook, a tablet selling at double the Nook Color's price, currently doesn't have this functionality.
The Nook Color just created a solid bridge between Amazon's Kindle and full-fledged tablets such as Apple's iPad, at a likeable price point of $249. If you need a cheap e-reader that can also handle apps, Flash, interactive books and generally most of the tasks modern tablets can, the Nook Color is now a very attractive proposition.
The firmware update can be downloaded immediately here, and it will become available as an over-the-air (OTA) update via Wi-Fi starting next week.
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