We have already written detailed guide on how you can run Android 3.0 Honeycomb from the SD card on your Nook Color. Advantage that you get from this kind of setup is you have all the honeycomb goodness while still completely avoiding any changes to the device (eMMC). So, in this manner you will not void your warranty (although it is not that difficult to reset Nookcolor to factory default settings anyway). More recently, we had published a detailed guide on the installation of Phiremod v6.2 on eMMC (internal memory of Nook). In my opinion Phiremod is THE best in terms of latest features and customization you can get for your Nook Color, as it contains the best bits from the CyanogenMod 7 (CM7) and adds it’s own, which in itself is based on the Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Only thing that might be an issue is that since Phiremod was installed on the internal memory in our guide, as result your Nook Color no longer remains untouched. Although, personally I don’t take it as an issue because B&N stock OS is a mess anyway, but I understand some people might not be comfortable with that.
OK, this preface leads us the subject of this post, which is to tell you a secret to get the best of both worlds (THE Solution)! What about the prospects of using Android Honeycomb and Phiremod v6.1 both available from the SD card without touching you stock Nook device! Sounds cool! right? – this guide will teach you how to do that. All the credit goes to the XDA member racks11479 who brought us this possibility to get the best OS’s for the Nook Color in the form of Honeycomb & Phiremod, and even better both bootable from an SD card without touching the actual device.
So enough for the description, let’s get started!
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At least 4GB microSD card
MicroSD card reader
Virtual Image of dual boot Phiremod v6.1 / Honeycomb v4 for Nook
Please note that image size is 3.7 GB so you need at least a 4GB card.
Burning the Image on SD Card
To burn the image on the SD card please follow the guide: “How to run Honeycomb (Android 3.0) on your Nook Color”. Steps are the same except that you should use the dualboot image that you downloaded for this guide (requirement 3 above).
To burn the image on the SD card please follow the guide: “Turn your Nook Color into Android Honeycomb 3.0 Tablet using Mac”. Steps are the same except that you should use the dualboot image that you downloaded for this guide (requirement 3 above).
How to Boot Phiremod and Honeycomb?
After burning the image power off your nook color and place the sdcard in the device.
- To boot into Phiremod Nook v6.1 just power on your nook with the sdcard in.
- To boot into HCv4 2nd Edition, hold the HOME(n) button while powering on. Continue holding the HOME(n) button until you see the "Android…_" screen.
Finally note that Phiremod included with this dual boot SDcard image is an enhanced version with the following enhancements (as provided by the developer):
-The latest OC Kernel by Dalingrin 041811C
-Alsa update for smoother video playback
-Honeycomb Softkey Icons by XDA user Bawb3
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