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Android Apps you Must Have on your Nook Color (and other devices)

Over the course of many Android installs to my Nook Color I've refined my list of what I consider the absolute minimum set of apps you need to maximally enjoy the platform and compensate for some of the peculiarities of this device in particular.  This list should also serve as a useful list for those with other Android devices.

Must Have Apps

Without these apps your experience will be a little painful (unpleasant, limited, frustrated, and potentially dangerous).

Adobe Flash (Adobe Flash Player 10.3)

iPhone and iPad may be too “good” for Adobe's Flash but Android isn't, and thank goodness for that. Download this free app and you'll now have Flash available in your browsers!  When you load a page which contains an embedded Flash widget you'll see a little download icon in the box. Click the icon and the Flash content will download and run. Now you can experience the entire web on a tablet! While Flash generally works great, with a few skipped frames in video here or there, some sites like Hulu won't work.  You can download special modified APKs found in the various sites like XDA-Developer to work around these mobile limitations; those versions of Flash fool the Flash into thinking they are being run on a desktop/laptop computer.

Market: Adobe Flash

Easily Access your SD card from your PC (Only Needed on SD-Based OS Installs) (USB Mass Storage Utility)

The best thing about having so much storage on an open platform like the Android is being able to use it, and for most of us using it involves transferring data to and from our computer.  If you're booting with an SD-based OS you'll probably find that the built-in feature allowing you to share your SD files over USB no longer works as expected.  Thankfully, a genius over on xda-developer, samuelhalff, has created an app to solve this problem!  You just need to download and install (on your Nook) the apk file from the link I'll give in a moment.  Getting the apk on your Nook can be done most easily in two ways, a) using the Nook Color go to the link in a browser and click the file, I believe it will let you install it directly, depending perhaps on which browser you use, or b) use File Expert and its SMB plugin to access a Windows file folder on your computer.  One it's installed, run the app, choose what you want to mount.  You can choose between physical partitions or protected spaces (like ROM, cache, etc.).  And if you need you can mount up to two things at a time using the tabs at the very top.  In the case of the verygreen CM7 install, if you want to expose the SD card partition you choose "Mount SD(4) Fourth Partition".

NOTE: As the warning in the app says, make sure you safely eject the mounted drive before you disconnect or you might lose all the changes you made (he makes it sound like a "definitely will" not just might).   Also, the app renders itself for a phone sized screen, so you can run disable the compatibility mode as he suggests or merely view in portrait and scroll down with your finger to find the "CONFIRM" button you must hit to start the mounting.

XDA-DEVELOPER: USB Mass Storage Utility

Required for Bluetooth Keyboard Users (Null Keyboard)

If you're a Bluetooth keyboard user you've probably discovered it's no joy to use one on Gingerbread (CyanogenMod).  When you type on your Bluetooth keyboard the virtual keyboard will very likely appear, or re-appear if you've hidden it.  You close the keyboard, you type, maybe it stays closed for a moment or two, but invariably it opens up again.  And, because it's open not only do you have much of your screen real estate wasted by a keyboard you're not using, your physical keyboard presses will often linger long enough to pop up the Android (Gingerbread) character selector.  In other words, type "e" on the keyboard and about 5% of the time it will think you held "e" down in order to bring up the list of international "e" variations, a dialog you then need to close.  And, as if that's not annoying enough, the predictive text completion that will go on with the virtual keyboard open will lead to sometimes sluggish responses to your keypresses, and even text that gets lost.  I discovered the solution is to install Null Keyboard.  It costs $2, but it's money well spent.  You install it, enable it in settings, and then when you are going to use your BT keyboard you hold your finger down on an input box for a few seconds, it asks you to choose your input method, you choose Null Keyboard, and voila!  You can now type on your BT keyboard with joy.  And when you put away the keyboard don't forget you'll need to switch the input back to your Android (or Gingerbread) keyboard next time you need to type with the virtual one.

Market: Null Keyboard

Managing Files, Managing your System (Super Manager, Ghost Commander, File Expert, Root Explorer)

There will be times when you need to do maintenance on your little tablet computer. You may need to move files around, perform basic maintenance, kill processes. For file operations you've got several great choices.

Ghost Commander is a great app for doing file operations, but its interface is clearly borrowed from a 1990's console app; you can't beat the features, but Steve Jobs would weep if he had to use it. Ghost Commander is built to make copying/moving files easy, with its side-by-side dual pane/location display. And, with the SMB add-on, you can access Samba/SMB/Windows shares.

File Expert is a step up from Ghost Commander on the UI front, and has a lot of great features, but it's not as ideally suited to transferring files. What truly sets File Expert apart from Ghost Commander or Super Manager (discussed next), and the only reason I use it, is that it is the only app in the Market which lets you stream/play audio and video content. (It temporarily buffers to the SD card and launches the requisite app to do the playing.) With an SMB add-on you can access Samba/SMB/Windows shares.

Super Manager is a beautiful collection of amazingly useful tools, from file management, to task killing, to backup. An absolute must-have! (But, it's not ideally suited to moving/copying or playing files.)

Root Explorer is another great file system explorer, but it's not free, it's a pricey app at $5, but worth it if you need what it offers, including built in: text viewer, SQLite database viewer, tar/gzip, execute scripts, remount, permission changer, send files (bluetooth, email), and more.

I recommend you download and install all the free apps since that will cover you, and if it's relevant to you the SMB plug-ins you might need.  And if you need more, Root Explorer is a good investment.

Market: Ghost Commander

Market: File Expert

Market: Super Manager

Market: Root Explorer

Better Browsing (Dolphin Browser HD)

The built-in Android browser is lousy. It is intended for use in a phone and thus it has few features, few options, and many websites seeing the type of browser you are using dumb down their site as a result. Firefox's app in the Market is little better. Fortunately there is a free browser that truly gets the tablet space. It includes every feature you want, and many you don't yet realize you want; some of these features come via free add-ons you can find in the Market.

Once you get the Dolphin Browser HD I strongly recommend you also get the Dolphin Desktop Toggles which lets you control whether the remote websites see you as a mobile user or not.

Market: Dolphin Browser

Market: Dolphin Desktop Toggle

Anti-Virus (Antivirus Free by Creative Apps)

Recently much news was made about malicious and thieving Android apps. While the risk in general is minimal, it's always a good idea to be protected. Antivirus Free has the best ratings and reviews in the Market and, as the name suggests, is free. I'm a little dubious about its effectiveness since the maker, Creative Apps, doesn't have an established pedigree when it comes to anything anti-virus, but here's two fingers crossed they know what they're doing. Anti-Virus Free by AVG is another solution.

Market: Antivirus Free

Backup your Apps (Titanium Backup)

You should back up your apps and their data from time to time. This is critical down the road when it comes time to migrate to a newer Android version (Honeycomb). Titanium Backup (free version) will allow you to make backups and you can then move these backups to your home computer and then restore them to your new OS in the future.

Market: Titanium Backup

Optional (but recommended) Apps

These are apps I find reasonably invaluable, but you are entitled to your own ridiculously ignorant view of the universe. 😉

Quick Access To Needed Things (Widgetsoid2.x)

You will need easy access to some very basic things on the Nook Color. You will need easy access to brightness settings, wifi settings, orientation lock, and volume settings (if you remapped the volume keys). The best way to give yourself easy access to these things (and many others) is with this amazing little app which creates completely customizable widgets on your Home screens. My Home Screen 1 widget is a 4x1 widget including brightness cycler (cycles through 4 settings), sleep prevention toggle (keeps my tablet on when I need it to be, otherwise the screen and wifi shut down after 1 minute), orientation lock, volume adjustments, and battery indicator. My Home Screen 2 widget is a 4x1 which includes data sync toggle, speaker on/off, wifi settings shortcut, and reboot. Configure this now, if you like.

Market: Widgetsoid2.x

Controlling your CPU and Battery Life (CPU Tuner)

CPU Tuner lets you control how your processor is used, with profiles (different CPU operational limits) assigned to various triggers (different battery charge levels), so you can balance performance with battery life. Once you overclock (further down) you'll use this to set your new limits.  With CM7 this is not required, you can set the CPU limits in the Settings > CyanogenMod 7 Settings.  But, it's a good app and you may wish to try it.

Market: CPU Tuner

Next Generation Keyboard (Keyboard from Android 2.3+)

This is the only non-free app in this list, and it's well worth the $0.99! CM7 has the new Gingerbread keyboard, but this app has added some really nice features into the keyboard, like easily accessed directional cursor keys!  I highly recommend this app! Seriously, it's a buck, the time you save in typing in just your first day is worth at least that!

Obviously you can add more apps at this point, but these are the basics you'll want to make sure you have before proceeding.

Market: Keyboard from Android 2.3+

Notion Ink Apps (Quick Office, Sniffer, etc.)

Someone has extracted and repacked some the great apps that come with the popular and innovative Adam device, you can download them outside the market via an xda-developer post.  I personally haven't found the Notion Ink apps all that useful with the notable exception of Sniffer and the bundled Quick Office.  But I may be alone in my lack of amazement, the apps appear quite popular.  Sniffer tells you about your Android device, memory, disk space, and lets you explore the file system and the processes; the layout, not really the features, make this compelling.  Other Notion Ink apps include one for drawing, an email alternative, a calculator replacement, a calendar replacement, and a browser replacement (that appears not to work properly on the Nook Color).  One truly compelling addition is Quick Office, one of the best of the office suite apps that lets you create and edit Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and Excel spreadsheets.  It appears this has all the features of the version sold in the Market.  I am a little confused about whether or not these apps, Quick Office in particular, is being legitimately redistributed here.  No one seems to say it's not, and so I'm not sure if it is under some sort of GPL/LGPL or something that allows it.  If anyone knows any different let me know and I'll remove this link.

XDA-DEVELOPERS: Notion Ink Apps

Notable Mentions

These are apps which deserve mention, but are either too buggy, or have too limited an audience to spend time describing in detail.

Gmail Notifier shows an alert in the status area / pull down letting you know who just emailed you.  It sadly doesn't seem to do a pop-up overlay which would have been nice.  I couldn't find one that did.

WinAmp is what I'm using for Shoutcast streaming and some MP3 playback, but it confoundingly doesn't seem to run in the background when playing regular MP3s.

DoubleTwist is what I'm using for MP3 playing in the background.  I know there are a bunch of other audio/video apps I need to try out, I've heard their names a bunch but it's just not been what I've focused on so far.  I'll update this list when I get into it.

JustPictures! is a great photo viewer which includes support for all the popular remote photo hosting sites (e.g., Flickr).

PlayOn is amazing, if you run the PlayOn server on one of your home PCs.  With this and its TVLinks plugin I can watch anything anywhere.

Rhapsody is how I stream all my on-demand music.

ClockworkMod obviously deserves a mention, but I didn't because a) it won't run on my setup so I've not been able to dive into it, and b) it's already installed as part of most of the installs.

QuadrantStandard is what everyone uses to benchmark their Android devices.

SD Tools is a great way to test your SD card reading/writing speeds.

Tapatalk is your best option for browsing discussion sites, it parses those sites beautifully and then gives you a great tablet experience with all the features you'd expect (except forum specific searching!).

Sleep Timer is good for listening to music and then having it stop the music after a while.

Wapedia is a great Wikipedia interface.

WordPress is a tolerably basic way to update your WP site on the go.

No Longer Required

These apps were absolutely required, until CM 7 included their features, I'll leave them here in case anyone doesn't like the way CM 7 implemented the similar feature set.

Virtual Hardware Keys (Button Savior)

This is a must for Nook Color users.  CyanogenMod 7 has a really cool feature built in, it places your missing Back and Menu buttons in the top status bar.  This works flawlessly except when an app goes full screen!  In those cases you need something, and that's where Button Savior steps in.  It's a much more elegant solution to my mind than its popular competitor, Softkeys.  You can still map the volume buttons to the Back/Menu keys, as I covered int the Froyo guide, but since you'll use the status area buttons most of the time, I find volume buttons are more important and that compensates for the slightly indirect way I have to sometimes use the Button Savior virtual keys.

Market: Button Savior

Remove the Lock Screen (No Lock)

The “lock” screen you see whenever you turn on Android makes perfect sense in the context of a cell phone, but it's a nuisance if you are using a tablet. You can download and run the free app “No Lock” to disable the lock screen (as well as re-enable it when it's required).

Market: No Lock

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  1. Have you, or do you know anyone who has, actually made a VOIP wi-fi phone call to a land line using Nook Color Bluetooth headset?

  2. I have seen reports of it on various forums. I think with a beta of a new Skype release and one other SIP client. I have not yet tried it myself as I don’t have a working BT headset at the moment.

  3. Skype tech support sent email to me yesterday saying they do not support Nook Color (I am running CM7 and I told them this) I have also tried Fring, Vbuzzer and couple of others. If you see a specific reference to an actual successful call, I would like to know what app was used.

  4. Do yoo have any suggestions for apps that allow you to use the pad as a writing surface ..a note pad?

  5. Phatware’s products have always impressed me. I think their Android app is called PhatPad.

  6. I sure appreciate and enjoy the help getting my Nook Color outfitted with CM7, but cannot access Android Market.
    Unable to install apps. There are no Android devices associated with this account.

    Also… how do I know if the gapps-gb-20110307-signed.zip is installed? I thought I did everything exactly as posted, but see no indication of any apps installed?

    Thank you!
    clinton

  7. Wow, I’ve never heard of that error before. My best guess is that gapps wasn’t installed. If gapps was installed you would see Gmail, Google Maps, possibly Latitude, and I’m not sure what else. Did you go through the registration step where it made you login with your Gmail account? If you didn’t then gapps wasn’t installed. Try that step over again, usually people don’t hold the N button long enough and so it skips that step, and maybe you didn’t notice.

  8. I have returned to this web page to complete the rooting of the NC under Froyo. I had actually placed Honeycomb on an sd card, booted and accessed the Android Market and added some additional apps, but it turned out that the Kindle app would not run under (at least my version of) Honeycomb.

    I know that the Kindle app runs under the version of Froyo on the Galaxy Tab, so I decided to return to it and see if I can get Kindle to run under that OS. I created the sd card (using your instructions, thanks again), booted the NC, added adb to my system (thanks again), but then ran into several flavors of trouble. I am running the 64 bit version of Windows 7 on my PC.

    1) When trying to change the key mapping for the + and – keys I found that the push for the twl4030-keypad.dl file would not work. It returned an error (protocol fault) and the really puzzling thing is that the push for the querty file worked just fine. I tried several times including doing another pull, modifying the file again in a different editor, and trying the push again. Still no success,

    2) The command window, when in the shell, did not understand the chmod commands. Gave me a Not Recognized error,

    3) When I thought I would at least try without the key mapping I realized that I could not find anything about adding the Android Market to the device.

    I suppose the last is the most serious since without the Market I am not sure how to add the apps I want.

    Can you help (again). I thought that I might try GingerBread before giving up, but perhaps you can save me the exercise??

    Thanks

  9. While I’m sure we could get Froyo working, I think a step must have been missed somewhere or something has changed, since one of the ADB commands should have placed Market on there. I beg you to use CyanogenMod 7 instead. Please! It’s faster, it’s better, it makes easier to install (no ADB required), and it’s customized to be far more usable as a tablet (with features built in to help, e.g., you won’t need to remap volume keys). If you want to install to the SD card then the guide I have on the verygreen install will get you all set up. The only caveat being that with many people’s SD cards (in particular the faster and bigger ones) there is some instability which might be mildly annoying or absolutely infuriating. I suspect you’d see the same thing with a Froyo install though, so I don’t think that would save you. If you do experience that then your choice is either install on the internal memory (eMMC), with or without dual boot of original. Or try another SD card.

    But, back to Froyo. I think all your problems are related. It seems like BusyBox (which includes super user and commands like chmod) didn’t get installed or wasn’t installed correctly or was corrupted (this would have been part of Froyo, which makes it odd). And perhaps Market/Google Apps didn’t get installed, which you would have done manually per the instructions. I’m honestly not sure what to advise, since it sounds like multiple things went wrong and I think the best advice would be to just start from the beginning again and walk the list of steps even more carefully, just in case something was missed. Trying to troubleshoot is more trouble than trying to redo it. And of course if you’re going to redo it I urge you to try CM 7 instead, you will be a much happier human being for it.

  10. Thanks. I will take your advice and try Gingerbread. In relation to your comments:

    The web page instructions indicated that I did not need BusyBox, so I did not install it. Perhaps that is the reason I had the shell problems???

    And, of course, it is possible that I missed some other step which might have added the Market, but I tried to be very careful. Still, one could easily say that missing some step along the way is the story of my life …

    As you say, I will start over again using the class 6 card I have been using all along. I have not had a problem with the card (just the content), so I assume it will work.

    I will post back my results. At least, the more I do this, the more sense each step makes and the easier it all becomes.

  11. Has anybody used the Kindle App on the Nook Color?
    Looks like they try to use the entire display, so the last line of a page is unreadable since it is hidden by the status bar (not sure if you call that something else. It is the bar that shows the wifi, battery, time…)

  12. Miko, if you’re using CM 7 (anything version within the last month or so, since it went “stable”) there is an icon in the status bar that makes the status bar hide. It looks like a <<< (but pointed vertically). To get the status bar back you hit volume up.

  13. Yes, I am using CM7. I basically just did a fresh (SD card) install using your guide (Thanks for that BTW)

    I didn’t realize the << was context sensitive. If I tap it when I am just displaying the desktop it stays there (so I filed it in the "I wonder what that things does" cabinet to be revisited later.
    But if I tap it while reading a book (or I assume using any app) the status bar does go away. My volume buttons are still just volume buttons, but tapping the bottom of the screen brings the status bar back. Cool.

    I'm new to android, so I hadn't realized how badly BN had crippled their implementation until I installed CM7. It's like selling a BMW with the top speed capped at 45mph!

  14. Is there a recommended e-reader? What should I use for Txt, ePub and Pdf files? Adobe Reader?

    Also I want to bring over some document files (txt, ePub and Pdf) from the PC. Where should I put them for:
    a) the stock Nook Color on internal memory, for my wife
    b) your great CM7 image on microSD, for myself

  15. djinks,

    I’m afraid I don’t know of a good reader to recommend. Personally I use the Kindle app for long-things (html, txt, doc, pdf) transferred from my computer/etc. (via the @kindle.com email service). For other situations I use Quick Office Pro (txt, doc, pdf); Quick Office Pro is painfully slow for reading big/complicated PDFs, I can’t recommend it for that except as a last resort! For epub I’m afraid I have no idea, don’t use any other formats currently.

    As for where to put them, I didn’t quite follow the question. You can certainly put them as you describe, some in internal memory some on the SD’s virtual sdcard partition. The only difficulty you might have is that apps may not find them by default on the internal memory location (assuming you mean eMMC and not the virtual internal memory location which is also on the SD card). So, do whatever is easiest for you to quickly find/open documents.

  16. djinks: Cool Reader. It’s awesome.

  17. Any opinions on the Skyfire browser? I found it when I was trying (and failing) to make use of a Cruz tablet I bought (returned it and bought my NC, which I promptly rooted). Skyfire seems to have the same functions as the Dolphin browser you describe, but I haven’t bothered to compare the two yet.

    Also, EZ PDF reader is 99 cents and has very nice functions for reading PDFs. I have a manual for a job I’m working that’s 595 pages long … that app runs it no problem, and has great search and scan functions. Definitely skip over Adobe’s PDF reader … it sucks.

  18. FYI: with CM 7.0.3 on SD card, I get 2 drives when connecting the NC to a WinXP box. They correspond to the 2 /mnt entries on the device, one for the internal drive (/mnt/emmc) and one for the SD card (/mnt/sdcard – isn’t that the 4th partition?). I had installed the USB utility mentioned here but forgot to run it before connecting to the PC. When I saw the 2 drives, I decided to test. I uninstalled the USB utility and still get the 2 drives. I did not create the /mnt points – I’m all but useless at the innards of Android so I don’t dare muck around with anything “system” level yet. So something in 7.0.2 or 3 put back this functionality?

    Only problem I’m having is that I want to use Ultra Keyboard but can’t. UK doesn’t show up in the Market from the Nook but does from my Nexus One phone, so I got the apk off of the phone and tried installing on the Nook. Installs and runs, but the display is completely wrong and unusable. The keyboard fits itself into a space about the size of a phone’s screen in the upper middle of the Nook’s screen. My Google-fu turned up no one else having the problem or any likely solutions. So I’m going to stick with SlideIt for now, which has the only disadvantage that the 4 arrows are buried 4 “touches” deep in the interface.

  19. Michael

    The issue you are having with the UltraKeyboard sounds just like the issue related to the compatibility mode which renders apps in their native resolution. If you toggle that setting off I think your problem will go away, but perhaps not if your UK is like most keyboards which fit on the screen with other apps. Worth a shot though. I think the setting is under the Spare Parts or maybe Settings.

  20. djinks,

    I use FBreader for epubs and bit the (very tiny) bullet and bought EzPDF for PDFs. Their biggest advantages, IMO, are that, unlike most apps, they’re not tied to /sdcard so you can use them to read stuff on internal memory.

  21. I am wanting to find an app that will allow me to connect to my camera and download pictures. I have finally found all the hardware connectors but now need to figure out how to make the NC with CM7 recognize the SD card in the camera and allow me to move the files to the NC. I am pretty much a noob at the android/linux OS so a UI that an old guy can recognize and use would be great!
    Appreciate all your help with making my NOOK COLOR a usable tablet!

  22. Silvertip1946,

    If I were you I’d install CM7 to the internal memory of your Nook Color so that you use your SD card as you normally would, removing it and plugging it back in as you need. If you boot off an SD card you won’t be able to remove the SD card until you shut down, since that is the location from which all the OS files are being run. If you really want to go crazy/beautiful high tech, check out Eye-Fi if you haven’t already! Oh my god it is a beautiful thing! For ~$100 you get an SD card with built in wifi, making it so that your camera will automatically transfer your pictures as you take them! It will send them to your computer (if you like), to your Nook Color/Android/iPhone/etc. (if you like), to their hosting service, to Flickr/Photobucket/etc. and much, much more. When I take photos it sends them to my Nook Color for instant review on a big screen! If I’m on wifi it does it via that network, but if I’m in the middle of a forest it even creates a local ad hoc network to do it! It’s amazing!!!! (Though not without flaws.) If not using Eye-Fi then for software to use on the Nook Color/Android t view photos, I like “Just Pictures”, it works with all the major online photo hosting sites, and with all your local files; and I think it was free or super cheap.

  23. I have verygreen’s CM 7 in my NC and have trouble with samuelhalff app to make it work. I installed it without any problem. Connecting the NC to my PC, two empty drivers open. I can open the USB mass storage app in my NC and select from the menu to mount on the PC. Hitting the confirm button the app starts processing, but never mounts anything.
    I hope somebody can give me any clue.
    Thanks

  24. Fer,

    I’m confused, you say “two empty drivers open” but then later say “never mounts anything”, so I’m not sure what the first thing you said means. Could it be that you are selecting the wrong partitions to expose via USB? Could it be that you need to try another USB port? Not sure what else might be at play.

  25. Quinxy,
    whenever I connect the USB cable between the PC (running windows 7) and the Nook, I can see two new drives popping up named “Removable Drive (D:)” and (E:)and they appear empty, (if I try to open them “Please insert a disk into the removable drive” appears).
    After that I run samuelhalff app, expecting that it will mount the partition I select from the menu, but after I hit CONFIRM , lun0 remains “Unmounted” and in the PC the removable drives remain empty. In other words nothing happens. I have tried with different USB ports and besides, those ports work fine with other devices

  26. Fer,

    Hmm… I’m afraid I’m not sure what to recommend. I have not seen that problem myself. I did not remember the drives mounting before running the samuelhalff app, but since they did for you presume they did for me. Umm… I’m trying to think of what else you could do. You can obviously use file sharing programs to get access to your device for transferring files in and out, but not quite as conveniently. You could install ADB as well, though that’s not so great. You could use try some of the nfs-related tools and kernels. Or you could of course go with an install to eMMC of Phiremod or pure CM7 and get the built-in USB support. Oh, you aren’t already running Phiremod or pure CM7 on eMMC are you?

  27. Quinxy,
    I have been your follower from the beginning and because you highly recommend to install CM7 to a SD card, that’s what I did and in order to that I started looking at different forums for the best performance SD card on this application: SanDisk class 4 16Gb, could be smaller than that but not bigger and not faster an no other brand.
    I have followed all the steps in your “Complete Guide to Installing Configuring CM7 on the NC” down to step 3 (by the way I installed cm 7.0.3 even when you recommend cm 7.0.0 assuming it was the stable one by the time you wrote the instructions) and then jumped to this page and have been able to run all the apps you recommend, only missing samuelhalffs.

  28. I could finally communicate the NC and my PC. As Quinxy suggested I installed ADB and looking for a GUI, I found QtADB also, it needs Busybox but it comes included in CM7 so it was no problem.

  29. Downloaded Dolphin HD to Nook Color CM7 Gingerbread and love it but, can’t delete bookmarks or get it to open a new window! Ever heard of that?

  30. David, I have not heard of your problems with Dolphin HD. Did you try other versions of Dolphin? Not sure if it’s more likely a bug on their side or some side-effect of SD card troubles on your side. An uninstall and reinstall is always good to try. Of course there are also quite a few other browsers you can use if Dolphin just won’t work for you, including Opera, Chrome, Netfront, etc.

  31. Thanks for the information. I’ll definitely try some of those leads. It’ll be a shame if I cannot get HD to work though as it’s so great otherwise.

  32. hi. great site!

    I have CM7 on SD now. Got the google apps download you recommended also. when I go into the market, there are some apps that lack a “DOWNLOAD” button, including youtube and adobe flash. Why is that?

    Thanks

  33. I have the same issue as mike above. Any thoughts or recommendations on this issue?

  34. @Mike and Roger… my simple guess is that the version of CM7 you are using is a newer form of Gingerbread then what the Youtube app can currently be used for. I know it sounds dumb but according to the Android Market the current Youtube app is rated for 2.2 – 2.3.3. The latest CM7 is on 2.3.5 which is a more recent version of Gingerbread. Hope this helps.

  35. Thanks for all of the information on this page. I just installed CM7 to an SD card for my Nook Color for the first time (first time I have done anything like this) and I am having the same problem as Mike and Roger. Is there a work around for this issue or do we just have to wait until these apps are updated? I saw one instance of somebody indicating to uninstall the most recent update for android market but that doesn’t make any sense to me seeing as how that is the only update/instance I have installed. I also keep seeing that these apps are already included in the gapps zip but, unless I am not seeing something, it is not installed on mine. This is a little frustrating becuase I don’t understand all of the terms yet, I have never used an android ever prior to this so I didn’t even know what honeycomb, Gingerbread, and Froyo were. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Many many thanks.

  36. I have CM7 Nightly 177 (Gingerbread) running on my NC and love it… one issue: Market reports no compatible version of the B&N Nook Ap (yes, irony). I can find it in the Market ap, but cannot install it. Is there a version that will work with CM7?

  37. Thank you for this great resource for us. I have successfully installed CM7 on my Nook Color and all seems well, except… I am able access the Android Market and download/install a number of your applications. I have not been able to download (sometimes see), some applications. Specifically, Facebook for Android, Kindle for Android, YouTube, Netflix (can’t see this app though I know it’s there). I am using the June Gapps module and have reinstalled several times. The market knows I have a Nookbook, manufacturer BN. I get messages indicating that these apps are not compatible with my device. I have searched for a day and can not find the answer. Do you have any suggestions? Aside from that, I am EXTREMELY impressed with the work done by the CM7 development team. Regards to all and thanks in advance.

  38. Hello. I’ve installed CM7 on my wife’s Nook in the hopes that she could watch Netflix and flash content. I ended up side loading the Netflix app and that works great. However, to date, I have not been able to find a way to get flash working properly on CM7. I even tried installing Phiremod (which I’m sure you already know is based on CM7) and have not been able to get Adobe Flash 10.1, 10.2 or 10.3 to work. I recently read in a couple of forms that the functionality of Flash in CM7 is simply not working. Do you have any insights on this issue? Thanks.

  39. On top of Titanium Backup, I can’t say enough about Dropbox. Only been using gingerbread for a month, and was able to get this working remotely pretty quickly. Nightly encore 206 and gapps-20110818 is pretty sweet.

  40. Regarding the USB Mass Storage Utility, if I’m reading it correctly the author, samuelhalff, says that the nook must be rooted to use the utility. Doesn’t that eliminate those of us who installed CM7 to sd? My understanding that by installing to sd, we are not actually rooting the device. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    Also thanks for all the great information on this site. It has really helped.

  41. Bill, you are looking at it a little bit the wrong way. Rooted just means that you have root (super user, unrestricted, unfettered) access within the context of a particular OS. Thus, you are running a rooted CM7 on your SD card and you may have a non-rooted original install on the eMMC. CM7 is always rooted, because that’s how it comes.

  42. OK i’m rooted with CM7…but it wont play avi files and all moboplayers, QQ etc…says this device is not compatible with this software…..ugggghhhhh

  43. Ken, about the “not compatible” Market messages, I read a while ago that this problem relates to what the Market thinks your screen size is, and that the solution was to change the file indicating this and clear the related Market cache. I don’t remember the exact details, but that should be enough to help you Google your way to the exact details, if that is in fact the nature of the problem.

  44. I have screwed up my root of cm7 it just locks up no matter what i do….so now i’m booting cm7 off of a sdcard…works fantastic….the problem is i cant access the storage space on my 16 gig class 4 boot up card. now that i use it this way… i need to put media on it. Every thread I found is for rooted and the usb mass storage utility….tried to install it anyway didnt work
    Thanks for answering my previous question so quickly :)

  45. Hi, I just got my NC up and running with cm7 :) All seems great but have a question about my Kindle app… when I tap the page in a book, none of the option icons show up in the app (bookmark, go to, font, sync, search, etc). The only thing that appears is the location bar that allows me to scroll through the pages. I really need the other options since my hope was to use the NC for some of my textbooks that I have through Kindle. I updated my Kindle app through the market so it is the most current version. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

  46. hey i havwnt got my nook tab rooted yet but am runnin os 1.4.0 and i am trying to find an app menu so i can easily access my amazon apps. the nt menu wont display any apps except for b n n apps

  47. Hi All, I am using MID tablet with Android 2.2 in it. i want to create a word document file in internal memory without SD card. Can any please guide me on in. I want to know which software is best (Free Edition) and which can be installed on internal memory to create world Files.

  48. Is there a possibility to get the icon to hide the status bar if you can’t use CM 7? I mean just as through installing an app.

  49. One app my kids just LOVE on my Nook Tablet and on my Kindle Fire is the game “ALIEN RACER”. Don’t miss it!

  50. easy instructions to download games from your computer to th nook color

  51. What would be good to add is what apps require that the device be rooted for install.

    I.E. I suspect that some of the applications would require I root my B&N Nook Color device. Yes I can add using CM but what about using the application under the Initially installed B&N Nook Color?

    So narrowing your list further to include best device i.e. (rooted B&N Nook Color, Android Phone, Android Tablet, B&N Nook Color) would be nice.


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