CyanogenMod 10 transforms the NOOK HD+ into a full-fledged Android tablet

The Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ is a tablet with a 9 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a 1.5 GHz TI OMAP 4470 dual core CPU, and up to 16GB of storage. It runs a custom version of Google Android 4.0 designed to work with B&N’s book and app stores.

And if that isn’t good enough for you, now you can boot CyanogenMod 10 from an SD card to get the full Android experience on Barnes & Noble’s $269 tablet.

NOOK HD+ with CyanogenMod 10

Independent developer verygreen has been working on the project for the past month. Now he’s released the first unofficial build of CyanogenMod 10 for the NOOK HD+.

In a post at the xda-developers forum, verygreen describes how to build the software yourself from source code. Or you can just download a snapshot build from December 6th.

From there, you’ll need to follow verygreen’s instructions for preparing an SD card with ClockworkMod Recovery, which allows you to boot the tablet into a custom recovery — and from there you can install CyanogenMod 10.

Since CyanogenMod is installed on the SD card, all you need to do to return to the stock B&N software is turn off the tablet, remove the card, and turn the tablet back on again.

The software is still a work in progress, and there may be some bugs. For instance, Bluetooth doesn’t work yet. But audio and video work, and there appears to be hardware graphics acceleration.

Update: Bluetooth is now working, but audio over Bluetooth doesn’t work very well.

You should also note that this software is designed for the 9 inch NOOK HD+, not the 7 inch NOOK HD tablet.

  • toronado455

    Great news!

  • green

    Somebody messed up and used KindleFire HD8.9″ video to illustrate this article

    • Brad Linder

      Uggh… it looks like the new YouTube layout messed me up. I thought I was embedding an individual video, but instead I got the entire playlist with the most recent video first.

      It should be fixed now!

  • Dave Granger

    It’s 1920 x 1280, not 1080.

  • www

    and nexus 7 owners replied,,,what is an sd card ???

    • CaoMoo

      Yeah thtats the sole reason I now have a nook. I liked my dad’s nexus he wanted to sell me but 16GB is just too easy to fill. So I got the 32 GB HD+ and a 64gb memory card. Don’t like the android that comes with the nook though so might do this. If I could do it with my pandigital this should be easy.