The Nook Colour is set to become more of a tablet than an e-reader in the next few weeks.
Barnes & Noble representatives told SmartphoneMag.com that the Nook Colour will be getting Android 2.2 and a lot more tablet features.
The Nook Colour costs about $250 which will make it a really cheap tablet, if you are looking for one.
The 2.2 update will give you access to a retooled Android Market, the typical Android home screen and pinch zooming.
Steve Green of SmartphoneMag, said that Barnes and Noble is still working on the Android Market app when he saw the new upgrade.
In fact he was told that Nook users may not have access to the full market. However Nook apps could be loaded via the SD card slot and seemed to run fine.
The device will still give you access to all of your Nook material via the current interface that will be switchable for the user.
What it looks like is that the Nook will become a cut-price tablet with some Android functions and App access, probably mostly book related.
Still, it does make it an interesting deal although it might have an impact on battery life at least in comparison to the Kindle.
It also means that Barnes and Noble might be less interested in pushing down the pure ebook business in the future and sees tablets rather than epaper as the best way to deliver content.
Plastic Logic said that it’s likely a colour version of the QUE ProReader will be ready for action towards the end of next year.
And it also confirmed that the black and white version, which it showed off at this year’s CES, will be available to buy in June – the 3G version will cost around the $700 mark.
Plastic Logic – a spin off from the Cavendish Labs in Cambridge, has a flexible display which consumes very little power. 1,000 content providers have already signed up to collaborate on the ProReader including the Wall Street Journal and several scientific journals.
The device, showed off by the company here at Dresden, weighs less than 500 grams, is shatterproof, thin, uses touch navigation and a wi-fi connection.
The company said that earlier delays to the black and white version were because it wanted to ensure process stability and had to change a few of the process steps.
The problems with a colour version are that Plastic Logic wants to keep the flexibility of the product and is already cooperating with other unnamed companies to make colour filters on plastic foil and merge flexible colour filters with its own flexible display.
The company said that it had a number of other applications in mind for its technology, including advertising, and that as it ramped volume products could become significantly cheaper because the transistor used in the process is relatively simple and avoided the complexities of other designs.