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[Q] How to block B&N 1.41 update?

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If mine does update, I think I'll be restoring and returning.

Very kind of Barnes and Noble to extend their return window for the holidays.

For anyone who hasn't seen that info yet, here ya go:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/help/h....asp?PID=37128
 
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Yes, I can personally confirm that the update does indeed disable sideload apps. It also removes root access.
 
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Just to confirm, my sideloaded apps still work, they just made it so you can't install any new ones...
 
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Just to confirm, my sideloaded apps still work, they just made it so you can't install any new ones...
Well this is good news anyhow.

I'm not suggesting that I'm in any way pleased with this turn of events, but it's good that we can at least continue to use the apps we've already installed.

And with any luck, otas will be blocked via the fota method and this will all be moot.
 
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Just to confirm, my sideloaded apps still work, they just made it so you can't install any new ones...
Did you try to to use anycut or a shortcut to the app menu to see if the option to install from unknow sources is still there?
 
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This is from the B&N forum.. about the update.

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I can tell you one thing that was fixed. My Nook is NOT rooted, but I have installed GoLauncher on my Nook and have the Amazon store. After the update, I can still open this home screen in the usual way and even have an app that opens up that launcher instead of Nook when pressing the "n" button. I can still open up the Amazon Market, HOWEVER, when attempting to install apps from Amazon, I now get an error message that says, "Install blocked. For security reasons, only apps purchased through the NOOK shop can be installed".... ARGHHHH. Very little in the Nook market is free, but many things in Amazon are.

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The update allows previously sideloaded apps from the amazon app store to continue working, but it prevents you from sideloading additional apps.
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I have yet to unwrap the nook as I bought it for christmas.. Question is can I root straight out of the box, before I get this update?..

I was so excited about the Nook purchase, now I feel that a return is needed using the extended christmas return policy for present purchasing.. I guess I will need to, if I now am unable to root..

I wasn't even going to root, I was going to be content with side-loading. Now I fear I can do neither..

The glitter is gone of my christmas present!
 
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Well, if they plugged that hole, then mine is going back. Sorry, it's bad enough that the bootloader is locked, and I give all the credit in the world to the developers working on cracking this, but it's bull****. I've been holding off returning it because it at least does what I want it to do now.

If for some reason, I screw something up and need to do a restore, I'm not going to be **** out of luck with a nook tablet that I can't put my most used apps onto.

---------- Post added at 10:02 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:00 AM ----------

And don't get me wrong, as a person who works in Finance, I TOTALLY understand this move on B&N's part. It's just that now the device no longer fits my needs.
 
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Eh, worse come to worse, people can just throw their tablets on ebay or craigslist. They won't get full price but they'll do pretty well. I see it as basically renting the tablet for the time you have it. Nice while you have it, then get as much as you can for it and move on.

2012 will be the year of the tablet and in 6 months there will more 7 inch tablets on the market than anyone will know what to do with. They won't all be great, but there will be enough good ones that we won't have to settle for a ridiculously locked down device like the nook, just to get decent battery life and expandable storage, etc.

I think Barnes and Noble are gonna find out that if you want the tablet market, you have to actually release a tablet that's comparable with everything else out there. B&N is not Apple. They actually have to work to win customers. And this sure as hell isn't the way to do it.
 
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So if the answer is to return, can anyone recommend a tablet (not kindle) that is around 350.. Sigh, I prefered this size to a 10" but guess I can not get the best of all worlds.. Iwill live with inconvient size to rebel against control.
 
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Well, if they plugged that hole, then mine is going back. Sorry, it's bad enough that the bootloader is locked, and I give all the credit in the world to the developers working on cracking this, but it's bull****. I've been holding off returning it because it at least does what I want it to do now.

If for some reason, I screw something up and need to do a restore, I'm not going to be **** out of luck with a nook tablet that I can't put my most used apps onto....

And don't get me wrong, as a person who works in Finance, I TOTALLY understand this move on B&N's part. It's just that now the device no longer fits my needs.
I agree. Bought three of these as family gifts because I could sideload easily without rooting. I rooted my NC, but have no interest in doing and managing that for 4 family NTs. We will have 4 that will go back because they, again - no longer fit with our needs.

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