Sony PRS-T1

The Sony PRS-T1 is an eBook reader with a 6 inch E Ink touchscreen display. It’s designed to run Sony’s Reader software for reading digital books — but the device’s firmware is based on Google Android and it turns out that the PRS-T1 can be hacked to run additional Android apps.

One hacker has managed to add an app launcher, an Android terminal application, and a couple of alternate eReader apps including CoolReader and FBReader.

Some apps, including Angry Birds, crash when you try to run them on theeReader. But let’s be honest — would you want to play Angry Birds on a tablet with an E Ink display and a slow refresh rate?

Still, this could open up the Sony PRS-T1 for use with a wide variety of eBook apps, news apps, web browsers, or other applications.

This isn’t the firs time we’ve seen an Android-powered eBook reader hacked to run apps that didn’t come with the device. The Barnes & Nobe NOOK Touch can also be hacked to run apps including the Amazon Kindle eBook app for Android.

Sony’s latest eBook reader may be more versatile though, since it has a series of buttons below the screen as well as a touchscreen. The hacker responsible for the video says his project is still a work in progress and not ready for public release yet.

Sony PRS-T1 is available from Amazon for $149.

via The Digital Reader

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One reply on “Sony PRS-T1 eReader hacked into an E Ink Android tablet”

  1. I will look forward to buying another one of these eink devices that have Android and can be hacked, when there is one available in a 10 inch frame.

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