December 13, 2011
Nook Color Gets Largest Ever Upgrade, Adds Netflix, Flixster
Barnes & Noble released a major software update on Monday to its Nook Color, adding many of the features now found in the Nook Tablet.
Describing the upgrade as the "largest ever for the device," Barnes & Noble said the new features go well beyond basic performance improvements.
“Already the visual appearance between Nook Tablet and Nook Color made it hard to differentiate, and now with Color's version 1.4.1 update, the feature set is beginning to look decidedly similar to its successor, too,” the book retailer said.
Among the more than 100 enhancements included in the upgrade are Netflix and Flixster video apps, Nook Comics, in-line dictionary support, landscape reading options and an increased font size selection.
PagePerfect Nook Books, which is a new category of image-centric e-books that includes graphic novels, cookbooks craft and art books, is also included.
℠NOOK Newsstand´, which allows users to choose from more than 300 newspapers and full-color, interactive magazines, which can be delivered instantly to the device, is also included in the upgrade.
Improvements to ℠NOOK Kids´ include enhanced ℠Read to Me´ and ℠Read to Play´ functionality, so children and parents can interact with built-in narration and in-page animation and activities, Barnes & Noble said.
While the bookseller still hasn't added a service that allows users to rent or buy movies, it said additional video services are "coming soon."
The company also touted its music services, including Pandora, Rhapsody, Grooveshark, and MOG, which are available as apps on both the Nook Color and Nook Tablet.
Current NOOK Color customers can upgrade their device at no cost via manual download available at www.nookcolor.com/update. A free over-the-air (OTA) update requiring no action from customers will begin rolling out to customers via Wi-Fi next week, Barnes & Noble said.
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