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The Barnes & Noble Nook Color comes with a slimmed-down version of the Android operating system. The stock technology lets you access the Internet and the Barnes & Noble shop to purchase Android applications. Not just an e-book reader, the Nook Color is a slimmed down Android tablet performing many of the function of it’s full Android competitors.
Tech-savvy users who know their way around computers can root the Barnes & Noble Nook to turn it into a full Android tablet for the low cost of an e-reader. Rooting a Nook Color is a technical process of unlocking the system. Once unlocked, they upload the full operating system to the Nook Color making it capable of accessing other markets such as the Android Market and Amazon App Store. You are no longer locked into the Barnes & Noble system. Instead, you have the option of downloading application such as B&N’s competitor e-book stores, Amazon Kindle or eReader applications.
Rooting your Nook Color does void your warranty with Barnes & Noble. Make sure you know what you are doing before you attempt this process. Rooting is not a permanent process. You can erase your Nook Color back to stock specifications if you decide you do not like a rooted Nook Color.