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Nook Touch has Bluetooth, now runs ADW Launcher (video)

June 11th, 2011 by · 9 Comments · hardware news, video

There’s a particular thread over at XDA-Forums that I’ve been following today, and I’m a little astounded by what I’ve seen. the thread was started by a guy who’s hacking his Nook Touch, and every so often he posts another update. BTW, that’s the thread where I got the Nook Kindle video I posted earlier (via Mike Cane).

Zonyl has just posted that he has ADW Launcher running on his Nook Touch, which is great. It’s going to make it a lot easier to run apps. But that’s not all. he’s discovered that the Nook Touch appears to have a Bluetooth chip installed and it appears to be working. He hasn’t paired the NT with anything yet, so we don’t know for sure if it works. But this is a very good sign.

Can you believe how many features B&N buried in their ebook readers?  The NC had Bluetooth and the NT had a hidden web browser as well as Bluetooth. At this point if someone told me that the NT also had a laser built in, I think I’d believe them.

BTW, that Bluetooth feature isn’t mentioned in the FCC paperwork. I double checked.

Update: There’s a reason why the Bluetooth isn’t mentioned in the FCC paperwork. The Nook Touch doesn’t actually have a Bluetooth chip. All it has is the software for the chip.


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9 Comments so far ↓

  • Alexander Inglis

    Does anyone actually use Nook ereaders as shipped out of the box? Isn’t that where the value resides — for everyone except extreme hobbyists, that is?

    • Mike Cane

      Yes, the general reading public does. I’ve even published a picture of a young woman on the ferry using one — but I can’t find it right now. That’s not the first one I’ve seen, either.

    • Michael

      Sure. Both my Classic and my wife’s Color are just readers. I have both my Android phone and netbook with me most of the time–I don’t need a third device that overlaps those and doesn’t do well what either of them does perfectly. You call me when the Nook runs Photoshop and makes phone calls, and I’ll reconsider. I tried using the netbook as a reader for a while, and it doesn’t really work well for that, which is why the Nook.

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  • Mike Perry

    Bluetooth makes a lot of sense on a Nook as well as a Kindle. It gets around the fact that it’s impossible to put a good keyboard on a device that small. And Bluetooth mouse support would allow people with disabilities to flip pages easily using the left and right buttons.

    • Phillip Parris

      I would greatly appreciate it if the Nook Touch had the capability to support a bluetooth mouse. I do have a disability and can’t touch the screen to turn the pages, but I could use a mouse to operate the Nook Touch. I am currently using a jailbroken 3GS iPhone, but I am looking for something with E-ink technology to simply be a to enjoy reading a book with hurting my eyes.

  • Tom

    Wonder what applications the BT can be used for. Keyboard? audio (maybe there’s audio in there after all)? And yes, accessibility options that would not otherwise be supported.

  • Daniel

    These nooks touch not have bluetooth; i compiled the kernel with BT and other modules but hardware is lack of bluetooth. The chip Jorjin WG7310-20 has wifi only.
    The chip Jorjin WG7310-00 has wifi, BT, radio am/fm. Unfortunally nook touch is build with Jorjin WG7310-20.
    I search all electronic component found in the motherboard and no bluetooth.

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