If Home Shopping Network is to be believed, the Barnes & Nook Color e-reader is poised to receive a software update next month. Surely this makes it a bit hard to digest in the absence of any confirmation from Barnes & Noble, though what makes it even less convincing or all the more audacious is the claim made by the online shopping giant that they will be the first ones to offer the new updated Nook Colors.
The update story is interesting too in that the Nook Colors after the software update will boast Flash support. If this is true then the color e-book readers are likely to be upgraded to run Android 2.2 Froyo since that is the last Android version to offer Flash support. All current Nook Colors now run Android 2.1 Eclair. The updates will stream in automatically over the air if the Nook Colors are connected to Wi-Fi.
The Home Shopping Network is currently selling Nook Colors for $299, $50 more than the Barnes & Noble price. HSN is justifying the extra charges with a free SD Card that is included in the Nook Color package. The SD Card itself is pre-loaded with 100 e-books that come free, though most of the titles available for free are available for download from the internet at no extra charges.