CyanogenMod 7 extended to Nook tablet
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A beta version of CyanogenMod 7 has been ported on the NOOK Tablet by a team of independent developers. The CM7 is a Google Android custom version which is based on the open source version of Android 2.3 or Gingerbread.
Although they had initially put the download link, but because of some serious bug with CyanogenMod 7 for the NOOK tablet the link is currently being removed. The developers are probably working out on these bugs and minimize the risks of the users breaking their tablets.
After the bugs get fixed the CM7 can be installed into the tablet in two methods- by installing to the tablets internal storage and by installing to a bootable SD card. If you select to install it on your internal storage then there is a risk of erasing the early software that comes pre-installed with the tablet. However you can back up your device before installing CM7 which will allow you to restore to the default system whenever you need.
Apart from that, booting the CM7 from MicroSD card is a healthier option as you need not make any change to the default software at all. This will effectively convert your device as a dual boot tablet. Setting up a bootable SD card is a lot of work compared to the internal storage option, but you will find the instruction for doing it in the Xda-developers forum thread.
There is also a caution, if you have already installed CM7 on your NOOK, then be sure not to format an SD card while using the tablet as it will cause to temporarily brick your device. It can be repaired by using a fix though as posted by Xda .
There are some advantages reported over the default Barnes & Noble software which can be listed as
- Users will be able to access close to 12GB of disk space for apps and file storage.
- An out-of-box support for Google Android Market is also available.
- Any third party keyboard application easily gets connected.
- The Voice input works.
So, as its download link appears again you can try the gingerbread on your Nook Tablet.