"Nab your Nook Tablet a day or two early, or planning to pick one up tomorrow perhaps? Here’s a neat trick: if you download an Android APK via the built-in web browser, you can actually install it to the slate without any special hacks. The xda-developers community discovered that when you try to open an APK, you can have the Nook redirect to a permissions page, and check the box labeled "Unknown sources" to enable sideloading. Then, it’s just a matter of finding additional APKs that play nice, whether they be custom launchers or even rival platforms like the Amazon Appstore — The Digital Reader confirms that even the Kindle app works as long as you find the right version of the software. Find a variety of instructions at our source links, and happy hunting!"
Awesome. Why bother locking it down anymore when there’s an obviously large percentage of your userbase just doing this anyway? (Unless it was an oversight, and they break it with a 1.4.1 hotpatch.)
Nook Tablet can sideload Android apps, no root required | The Verge
[Reminder: I work as a bookseller for BN. I do not speak for the company on any level.]
The result is that most analysis of the Android ecosystem (and by comparison, all mobile ecosystems) depends on classifying as Android devices those that compete with Google, and indeed, with Android. For the purpose of assessing value, growth and opportunity for third parties such reports fall short.
We’ve dubbed it the Hellaphone—it was originally Hellphone, to keep with the Inferno theme, but then we realized we’re in Northern California and the change was obvious.