4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 16, 2012 8:07 AM by Tyecho

    New update for the Nook Tablet.

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       If the Nook tablet was to be upgraded with an newer operating system android ics or jellybean. This would be a great advancement over the current nook tablet and its competition. I have  vision of a new user interface for nook tablet. There should be more than three homepages, The notification bar that has the virtual softkeys needs a better appearance. There needs to be a way for users to lock the icons on the homescreen so that they can utilize the space on the screen. Also the transitions between the home screens are kind of laggy.The navigation menu could have the multitasking scroll of apps above it, instead of just a dark overlap. There could be nook widgets that tell you what new books are available, new apps, also a free Friday widget or notification. Also the shortcuts on the bottom of the home screen could be more creative and the icons look pixelated. The app menu looks outdated  and obsolete. There should be an option for page turn animations like in the nook app.

      Something that also should be included is a better lockscreen. The lockscreen should probably have unlock shortcuts or widgets on it. For example, a lockscreens that has a shortcut to the book you were reading, the web browser, the nook shop,my music, my media, nook friends, and the home icon. It would be cool if there was a pulsating circle like the one in jelly bean 4.1, that when you touched it it would turn into a beautiful n logo that you drag to the shortcuts.)

       

      There are some great things that are advantages in the nook tablets user interface. The simplicity of the resizable apps and books. The quick settings menu when you tap the clock. The carousel at the bottom of the screen. The shortcut to your current book.

       

      I hope Barnes & Nobles are developing a nook tablet software update that upgrade the android os, and improves some of the features and problems with the nook, and that it rolls out nicely like the nook colored upgrade, or the htc flyer's upgrade from gingerbread to honeycomb.

      Post ideas, I hope the nook developers and programers would brig this to life.

        • Re: New update for the Nook Tablet.
          roustabout

          Unless Android starts supporting taking a device's /media partition and presenting it to a host computer as a mass storage device rather than presenting it via the MTP interface, ICS would probably be a downgrade from BN's perspective -- suddenly, the Nook family forks and a lot of user guides need rewriting.  Different nooks behave very differently on USB connect and file copy (sideloading) is now very, very unreliable on the premium device (unless Google's fixed MTP in ICS, which I have not looked at.  In HC, MTP is both slow and broken badly.)

           

          And I think it would frustrate a lot of other folks who are used to the simplicity of sideloading as it is done now, via a USB cable. 

           

          What user advantages are there to ICS or JB over Gingerbread?  Do you think that for most device users and BN support, they'd outweigh the drawbacks?  Much of what you outline - prettier unlock screen, widgets, etc. are already supported by Gingerbread. 

           

          If you'd really like to run ICS or JB, I'd pay attention to XDA - the NT can be rooted and still run GB, or you can install an alternate ROM and run ICS.  Don't know where JB is in the development pipe, but I don't think it can be far out. 

            • Re: New update for the Nook Tablet.
              bobstro

              roustabout wrote:

              Unless Android starts supporting taking a device's /media partition and presenting it to a host computer as a mass storage device rather than presenting it via the MTP interface, ICS would probably be a downgrade from BN's perspective


              I've been following your thoughts on this, roust, particularly since picking up my Samsung tablet. You are correct that ICS devices don't show as USB Mass Storage (UMS) devices. This most notably breaks Calibre.

               

              I was very disappointed to realize this was an issue with ICS, and was ready to jump on the bandwagon denouncing Google's efforts to "consumerfy" android until I read some of the reasons for the move. The most compelling, to me at least, is that VFAT is a very fragile filesystem, and UMS is limited to VFAT.

              I thought I had a work around using sshfs on my desktop communicating to SSHdroid on my tablet. Everything works very well, but unfortunately, Calibre breaks when I try to "Connect to folder". If this worked, my tablet would be recognized by Calibre for library management. Unfortunately, Calibre fails on attempting to get device info. It works fine on a local folder, however. I'll have to try Calibre with a Samba share next, but not today. So close!

               

              This makes me thing there are two possible solutions, at least for Calibre users:

               

              1. Re-work the Calibre library that attempts to get device info so it doesn't puke on remote filesystems, or at least sshfs. This gives Calibre a "universal" means of working with non-UMS-capable devices in one fell swoop. (Or at least, rooted devices!)

               

              2. Develop UMS over wifi, in the same way that ADB works over wifi.


              -- suddenly, the Nook family forks and a lot of user guides need rewriting.  Different nooks behave very differently on USB connect and file copy (sideloading) is now very, very unreliable on the premium device


              There's already some of this apparent with the NST->NC->NT variations. Things are just a wee bit different between them.


              (unless Google's fixed MTP in ICS, which I have not looked at.  In HC, MTP is both slow and broken badly.)


              Not enough that Calibre will talk to my Samsung!

               

               

              • Re: New update for the Nook Tablet.
                flyingtoastr

                roustabout wrote:

                Unless Android starts supporting taking a device's /media partition and presenting it to a host computer as a mass storage device rather than presenting it via the MTP interface, ICS would probably be a downgrade from BN's perspective -- suddenly, the Nook family forks and a lot of user guides need rewriting.  Different nooks behave very differently on USB connect and file copy (sideloading) is now very, very unreliable on the premium device (unless Google's fixed MTP in ICS, which I have not looked at.  In HC, MTP is both slow and broken badly.)



                Maybe it's just me (I know the specific menu that pops up when I plug it into my computer is part of Sense 4, not stock ICS), but whenever I plug my One X into my computer it shows up nicely as a external storage device.

                 

                Then of course I really have no idea what you're talking about. For all I know it really is just MTP.

                • Re: New update for the Nook Tablet.

                  Yes you do make a fine point about the differences etween gingerbread and ics/jb. However there are problems with android itself in 2.3 that wasnt fixed by barnes and noble. In jellybean the android lag is no longer a probem.

                  Also I am a part of the xda developer comunity as well and the jelly bean rom is called cm10. Its still an alpha and its created by the same developer whos making cm9. Tyriekgo on xda.