The Barnes & Noble NOOK color is a popular eBook reader with a 7 inch color display. It also happens to be a pretty popular Android tablet. The device runs Google’s Android operating system with a custom eReader interface on top and Barnes & Noble has a small app store where users can download additional software for the device. But you can also root the NOOK Color to open it up to even more third party apps or even install a custom Android distribution such as CyanogenMod.
While the NOOK Color has a reasonably fast processor and a decent 1024 x 600 pixel IPS display, there’s always room for improvement — and now it looks like we could see a second generation NOOK Color soon.
DigiTimes reports that Barnes & Noble could launch the NOOK Color 2 (or whatever it will be called) as soon as this month. The news comes from “industry sources” in Taiwan that say Inventec and Pegatron will be building the tablet/eReader for Barnes & Noble.
Like the original NOOK Color the new model will have a 7 inch color touchscreen display. The article also mentions an E Ink display, so it’s possible that the NOOK Color 2 could be one of the first eReaders to ship with a color E Ink screen. But I’m not going to place any bets on that prospect.