Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Dec 2009 18:05 UTC, submitted by narramissic
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Over the weekend Barnes & Noble's Nook was rooted and the hacking and developer community is hard at work bringing new functionality to adventurous Nook owners.
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RE[4]: why
by Ed W. Cogburn on Fri 18th Dec 2009 11:53 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: why"
Ed W. Cogburn
Member since:
2009-07-24

I would *never* buy an e-reader that had a full android OS.


If you want to remain a total hostage to the OEM you are of course free to do so, but note that the author of TFA himself mentions 'that one feature' that he would like to have (but can't get as long as its locked-down).

I suspect the total number of folks wanting features that they can't get in the locked down version will typically be more than 0.01%, hence the pressure over the long term for the OEM's to open up their appliances (or at least make it easy for those who want out of the straight-jacket, to get out).

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RE[5]: why
by google_ninja on Fri 18th Dec 2009 13:22 in reply to "RE[4]: why"
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2006-02-05

So here is the thing, an e-reader is not a good general computer. Button placement is different (designed around holding it to flip pages), the screen is radically different (the whole point of the device) where refreshes take about half a second. If it were designed as a general purpose device, that would mean the UI couldn't be catered to giving a good reading/navigation experience, button placement couldn't be geared around it either, and the screen would make it crappy anyways even if it were. This isn't about getting locked into anything, a full android os on an e-reader is pretty retarded if you actually want to use it for reading books.

I do understand the drive to pull things apart and see how they work, but I was responding to a comment that a full android install should be on these things.

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RE[6]: why
by Ed W. Cogburn on Sat 19th Dec 2009 19:56 in reply to "RE[5]: why"
Ed W. Cogburn Member since:
2009-07-24

So here is the thing, an e-reader is not a good general computer.


Depends on the design of the gadget.

I do understand the drive to pull things apart and see how they work, but I was responding to a comment that a full android install should be on these things.


I wasn't talking about geeks, my initial post here was on the fundamental issue of whether locking things down will be viable in the long run as these gadgets get more powerful.

As for whatever 'a full Android install' means, I never mentioned that, the post I initially responded to didn't either, and besides, we're talking here about gadgets that already have a full OS on them anyway - the question is how much of that capability is locked away from the user.

The author of TFA doesn't seem to be a geek, but even he thinks it would be a great thing to be able to look up references (via Google/Wiki) while reading an ebook. A well-designed gadget could easily do this, if its creator chooses to let its users do so.

In the long run, it will be these kind of 'power users', a much larger segment of the userbase, rather than the hack-it-apart geeks, that will force OEMs to make more flexible, less-locked-down gadgets. It will, however, be the those geeks who show the 'power users' what is possible (much like the author of TFA is now waiting to see what can be done with a rooted Nook).

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