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Subject: Question: Memory card to sideload Android to my Nook Color
Date Posted: 12/30/2012 2:05 PM ET
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After setting up my sister's Android tablet for her, I realized there are a heck of a lot more apps I could get for free if I had the memory card for my Nook Color.  I saw these instructions on how to set up a card for Android:

http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57554378-285/turn-your-nook-color-or-nook-tablet-into-an-android-4.1-tablet/

I've never done anything like this before.  So, here is my question.  I see at B&N they suggest the 32 GB sandisk card.  Do I need 32 GB?  Can I go with a small memory card or would that be stupid?  Part of the problem is cost.  I'm trying to find the cheapest, workable solution possible since I don't have a lot of money.  But, if I get the memory card, it will save me money on apps.

Thanks for any suggestions here.  It's a new world for me.

Date Posted: 12/30/2012 2:36 PM ET
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Unless you are planning on rooting your Nook Color, you cannot sideload (add to an SD card) any apps.   They have Nook-to-Android (N2A) cards already available.  Google them.  This may be your easiest solution.

Date Posted: 12/30/2012 3:54 PM ET
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Yes an 8 GB card would work fine. Get a Sandisk. You can either make your own android card or buy from n2a. Then you can dual boot between android and nook. you can even download the n2a straight to your card, from what i understand. Not sure how well jellybean runs on the nook color. I think I was running gingerbread on my nc. Sold it, but still have the card.

Date Posted: 12/30/2012 9:34 PM ET
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Sherri, sorry, I thought I implied that I would be rooting it.  I realize you can't sideload without rooting it first.

I'm not so much looking for the easiest solution, but the cheapest that will work effectively.  Money isn't easy to come by, so if I can earn enough gift cards online with my various programs I can buy one.

Might be moot question though.  My Nook seems to have a problem with auto synch and after searching around online it looks like what's going on is not normal.  Auto synch starts up almost daily and is taking over my Nook (I can't get to the internet, send email, etc.)  It makes everything super slow, then finally it reboots my Nook Color and then I can use it again.  It's a pain in the butt.  Never had this problem until about 2-3 weeks ago.

Anyway, thanks for the help.  I'll use this info. when I figure out if my NC will survive this problem or not.

Date Posted: 1/3/2013 4:30 PM ET
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This may seem like a dumb question.  But I'm looking at the cards that have Android on them for comparison.  I see that some come with Gingerbread and some Jelly Bean operating system.  Gingerbread is older, right?  Would I want to avoid Gingerbread?  I don't want to buy an OS that might not be supported 6 months from now (that seems to be my thing lately...buying things that are no longer supported 6 months down the road).

I haven't decided what to do, though I think I solved my Nook Color problem.  I had an app that was not NC compatible.  I'm not sure how it ran on my NC, but when I archived it on Tuesday, I stopped having the off and on auto synch problems.  Keeping fingers crossed.

Date Posted: 1/3/2013 6:39 PM ET
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Well the funny thing is, I was reading on the n2a forums or Q&A, before they released the Jellybean card, and n2a stated that gingerbread was better for the Nook color. I don't know what they might have done to make Jellybean better for the NC, or if they just said, heck with it, people want it, so we are going to sell it.

I do believe that n2a will continue to support their gingerbread cards.

Also IMO the 8GB card is all most people are going to need. But you know your needs better than I do.

Date Posted: 1/4/2013 5:40 AM ET
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I purchased and installed the N2A card for my Nook Color,.before I even had time to use it as a NC. But I'm pretty much a luddite, and and am now stymied as to how to use it as a reader without going back. I know I'm missing something easy....help please? Thanks. 

Date Posted: 1/4/2013 6:38 AM ET
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Jodi, you can install the kindle app, the nook app, and other store apps, and you can install Mantano and/or aldiko for your non-DRM epubs. You can install the sugarsync and/or dropbox app, both on your PC and your NC, then use sugarsync or dropbox to wirelessly add books to your NC. You can import them to Aldiko, and make shelves. It's a great way to add content to your android device!

Date Posted: 1/4/2013 9:21 PM ET
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Thanks, Anne. I googled and found some answers, and have copied your post - I've got bronchitis (hopefully, it still is!) and am a bit slow at playing with all of this. I did check out what our library uses, and have added a couple apps, just like to be more clearheaded than I am. :-)

Date Posted: 1/5/2013 11:31 AM ET
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One thing I didn't mention....I believe your card came with Google Play installed....sign into your google account and that is where you go to download the things I mentioned above.

Date Posted: 1/9/2013 5:46 PM ET
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Anne, that's what I wanted to hear.  32 GB seemed like an awful lot, but I saw it pushed on so many sites.  I began to wonder if Android used up a chunk of it.  Heck, I've got a ton of stuff on my NC and I haven't used hardly any of the on board memory.

By the way, it appears I've solved the problem that I had with my NC.  It kept auto-synching and rebooting every day.  Last Sunday, it did it 3 times and it tied up no NC the whole time (for 10-20 minutes at a time).  I asked on the boards and someone recommended going through the apps I had downloaded recently.  It turned out to be WordOff.  It worked fine until they added a little feature that tells me about sales on their website. An icon would appear in the bottom bar.   I'm guessing that their was a conflict with the app and my NC.  Since it was checking the internet regularly for these sales updates, I think it must have conflicted with how the NC does app updates.  Anyway, I archived it, and it's been 3 days since the auto synch has occured.  I am relieved.

 

Date Posted: 1/9/2013 5:56 PM ET
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Acutally some games can take up loads of space on those cards..  32gb would be a good thing to have and never need to get a new one.  If you put photos, play games on it, then that will get used up. Remember all those apps get updated many times making what space they take up bigger each time.

Date Posted: 1/11/2013 8:12 AM ET
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It depends how many games you might want, if any. The HD games take up a lot more space, but I don't think one would want to play them on a Nook Color, since it's older tech than the HD devices.

Melody, that's great news! Let us know what you do about turning your NC into an android device.