CyanogenMod Encore = an alternate build of Android, specifically for the Nook Color of 2010. In my recent (non-pro) excursions into Android experimentation, I’ve learned a little about the now-old, now-done-zo, CyanogenMod ecosystem.
I found a Nook Color at the local thrift store for $9 and thought it would be fun to experiment with. I was right! Turns out, you can try an alternative OS on this sucker without having to do anything terribly drastic. In other words, you can intsall things on a MicroSD card and breathe new (um… old, but different) life into the once-exciting ereader.
The Special Recipe
I spent a few days monkeying around with different combinations of files before coming to these conclusions:
- Don’t bother trying to get Google Play Store or services to work on this thing. It’s not really worth the hassle of trying to get KitKat to run smoothly.
- The Nook Color, running the right version of CM, can run Opera Mini as a web browser (reliably!), can get internet radio, and can serve as a great rss/podcast aggregator. You can even find an elder version of the VLC app for multimedia business.
- The “special recipe,” for me, includes the version of CM found here, and a copy of the 2.3 launcher – all neatly running from the MicroSD via cyanoboot.
And still, ultimately, I think (in my hoarderish ways) that it was worth the fight. It has been fun to use this thing in this way.