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Subject: Error message on Rooted Nook Color--any ideas?
Date Posted: 1/25/2013 9:32 PM ET
Member Since: 3/31/2006
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Hi all, some of you know I rooted my Nook this week.  I bought a card from N2A with Android already loaded.

It did fine for the first day.  Then I started to get the error message "Phone storage is getting low".  I thought this odd since it's a Nook Color and not a phone and doesn't have phone capabilities.

After emailing N2A, I figured out an app was causing the problem.  I figured out which app and uninstalled it.  No more error.

But, then I downloaded another app and it came back.  It appears that whenever I download an app that says it will use the phone features I'll get this error once I open the app.

N2A thinks I shouldn't be seeing this error, but I am.

Has anyone else ever experienced this on a rooted Nook Color?  If so, how did you resolve it?  Or, were just not apply to install certain apps?

I wouldn't care but it appears to interfere with other stuff that I try to do.  Once I uninstall whatever app causes the error, then my NC runs fine.

Any ideas? 

Date Posted: 1/25/2013 9:59 PM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2005
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I don't have a Nook Color, or have hacked one, but I'm always leary of putting on any tablet a phone application. They can get weird because they're looking for machine features that don't actually exist because there's no phone.

But one thing you can check into, are you making sure to load the apps on the SD card and not internal memory?

I've read on the Nook forums that space is a real issue on the internal memory, so people spend a lot of time either trying to partition the machine to give more internal memory for personal use (I'd be scared to death to do that.) or how to move apps to the SD card.

When you go to load the apps, are you given a choice of where to load them up? If they're already on the card, are you at the point where your card is too full?


Date Posted: 1/25/2013 11:47 PM ET
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To be clear, these are not phone apps.  They are games that have under permissions that they will use phone features.

I think I'm loading them to the SD card.  There is no choice given.  I go to the Google Play store, choose the app, hit install, and then it's there.  I don't get the error message on all apps. 

The card is not full at all.  I checked and have something like 5 GB left ( it's an 8 GB card).  I've only had it 3 days.  I think I would have had to go hog wild on downloads to fill it ;)

When I look in the settings, the phone memory and internal storage are two entirely different things.  This is what I think is happening.  These games are designed for Android phones.  When you use them, they reach out for these phone features.  But, my Nook Color has no phone.  So, it's giving a screwy error that phone storage is low.

At this point, any app that says it will use phone features, I just back out of (don't install, I mean).  But, it seems like many apps do require this.  It will definitely limit what I can use, which wasn't the point of rooting it in the first place.  Sigh.

It's weird.  I can't seem to find any problem like this associated with a rooted Nook Color on the web.  Phones yes, but not an NC.

Date Posted: 1/26/2013 2:34 PM ET
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Cindy, turns out you were right.  I went to the screen to manage my apps.  What is happening is some are going to the SD Card and some are not. I moved two to SD Card and the phone error message went away.  So, "phone" is a generic term for "device".

I tried to move a couple others and it seemed them played worse on the card.  So, I'm going to fool with it today and move the ones that don't seem to be affected.

Thanks for the suggestion because it has done the trick!

Date Posted: 1/26/2013 8:11 PM ET
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becareful some apps can't be moved to an SD card.

Date Posted: 1/26/2013 9:08 PM ET
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The thing with most android tablets, they think they are phones, and you will see "phone storage" on a lot of them. So if you have an android phone, you will have a better idea of how these tablets function.

I recently read that android 4.1 (the newest version) no longer allows apps to be moved to the SD card. So that will be an issue for lower memory tablets. I don't know what the latest n2a card is running. If it's 4.0 then it might not be an issue. I did have some problems moving apps on my dd's Lenovo with 4.0 though.

Date Posted: 1/26/2013 9:28 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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I just got my N2A card yesterday for my Nook Color.  It's running 4.1.2 and does allow me to move apps to the SD card.  I see the build date on the card is Nov 14, 2012.