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Nook Color update turns the e-reader into a tablet

Support for Android 2.2 (Froyo) brings better performance and system improvements to the Nook Color.
Support for Android 2.2 (Froyo) brings better performance and system improvements to the Nook Color.
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  • Update to Nook brings support for Android 2.2, app store, Flash and built-in email client
  • Adobe Flash support brings enhanced book titles that offer in-page video and audio
  • Built-in e-mail reader lets you check several webmail accounts from one place
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(Mashable) -- Barnes & Noble has released a major update to its e-reader, Nook Color, which pushes the device far into tablet territory.

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.

The app store brings 125 free and paid apps, which range from utility apps, such as the news reader Pulse (originally available on the iPad), to fun apps such as the megapopular game "Angry Birds."

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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