Barnes & Noble has pushed out its Android 2.2 update for the Nook Color. The upgrade announced on Monday, version 1.2, also features Android 2.2 (Froyo) and Adobe Flash Player for videos.
Nook Color owners can update the reader immediately through a manual check or wait for the update to roll out over the air in the next few weeks.
Barnes & Noble’s attitude towards the LCD reader has changed dramatically in the past few months. It initially sold the Nook Color as a mildly enhanced color reader but is now treating the device more as a specialized but genuine tablet. Without an official update, hobbyists have been hacking tablet-ready Android builds on to the device, but Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch now saw it as more of an official competitor to the iPad that would cover core features at $249, or half the $499 for Apple’s base model.
But the iOS device has a tremendous head start in the market over the enhanced Nook Color and BlackBerry Playbook. IPad 2 also has access to many more applications — about 65,000, compared to about 125 Nook apps so far.