While plenty of people have "rooted" their Nook Colors with custom firmware that allows them to access the Android Market and download applications, most
While the HSN site doesn't offer a specific launch date, it does have some nice nuggets of info:
None of this comes as much of surprise, as Barnes & Noble has been showing journalists apps running on the Nook Color from the day it launched. But it has taken a little longer than we thought for the company to launch an app store for the device.
It's worth noting that Barnes & Noble seems to be shying away from actually calling the Nook app store the Nook App Store, which may be a good idea considering Amazon Appstore for Android. Apple says it has trademarked the term "App Store."for naming its Android app store the
As for HSN selling the Nook Color for $299.90, that's $50 more than you need to spend for the Nook Color (its list price is $249.99). Sure, the HSN Nook Color has some e-books preloaded on it, but they're all public-domain titles you can load up yourself--for free. (HSN will reportedly start its "sneak peeks" of the updates sometime this Saturday.)
We'll have an in-depth look at the Nook Color update once it launches in April. From the looks of it, it will include not only the Nook Store but also a version of Android 2.2 (Froyo), which would bring the Flash support mentioned above. Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch has previously stated that the Nook Color would offer Flash support in 2011, though he never committed to a more specific time frame.