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    Nook Tablet firmware update 1.4.1 disables sideloading apps

    Nook Tablet firmware update 1.4.1 disables sideloading apps


    The latest Nook Tablet 1.4.1 update provides minor system enhancements, but disables sideloading apps from outside the B&N store.

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    Nook Tablets will be automatically updating to version 1.4.1 over Wi-Fi all this week, but if you're one of the people that likes sideloading non-B&N apps, you won't be happy about it. Barnes & Noble says only that the new firmware simply "provides minor system enhancements," but there are reports from both xda-developers and the B&N Community that it also disables sideloading apps and removes root access. (Maybe those are the "enhancements.") All is not lost however; any apps you installed before the update will continue to work.

    If you don't want to give up sideloading, you're going to face two pretty inconvenient options: avoiding Wi-Fi altogether, or rooting your tablet to disable automatic updates. The people at xda-developers might eventually figure out a way to work around the restrictions of 1.4.1, but you'd probably end up needing to root your device to do that anyway. Keep it simple: just sideload your favorite unsanctioned apps before the update hits your device.