Since posting the Nook Touch Rooting Guide, I’ve received a lot of questions about the Android Market search not working, the buggy stock web browser, button savior, and various other details about getting started with a rooted Nook Touch.
So that’s where this post and video tutorial comes in, where I’ll show you how to install a better web browser, the SearchMarket app for searching the Android Market, changing the layout and appearance of Button Savior, uninstalling apps, and a few other helpful details along the way.
Once you have the Nook Touch rooted and the Android Market installed, one of the first things you’re going to want to do is install a better web browser. I’m using the Opera browser and it works quite well. There are two versions, Opera Mini and Opera Mobile. I don’t know what the differences are—either will work with the Nook Touch.
Since the search function doesn’t work in the Android Market using this particular rooting method, you can install an app called SearchMarket that allows you to run searches in the Android Market with it. I’ve been told that another solution is to change out the vending.apk in the touchnooter image with this one to get an Android Market app with working search. I haven’t tried that method since I’m already using the method outlined below.
Installing Opera Web Browser
- Launch the Android Market from the Nook Touch.
- From the Market homepage, tap Apps, then tap the communication category, then hit the top free section. Use the Nook’s page buttons to scroll down to find the Opera web browsers and then choose one to install.
If you have any trouble getting it to install, go open the “NookColor Tools” app in the app drawer, un-check “Allow Non-Market Apps” then make sure to re-check the box again. You have to un-check it then re-check it the first time to get it to allow the installation of third party apps.
Installing the SearchMarket App
- From the Nook Touch, open the Opera web browser.
- Type “searchmarket app” in the Google search box located in the upper right corner.
- Google will automatically show results for search market as two words so you have to select where it says “Search instead for searchmarket app”.
- Then the first listing will be for the SearchMarket app at AppBrain. That’s where you want to go.
- At AppBrain, tap the QR/more icon. Then scroll down a little and tap where it says install. It will re-direct to the SearchMarket listing in the actual Android Market to download and install.
- Once installed, it will appear in the Nook’s app drawer where you can use it to successfully run searches in the Android Market.
Check out the video below for a visual demonstration of the above directions and for other tips and tricks for getting started with the rooted Nook Touch, including how to change the placement and appearance of Button Savior, how to uninstall apps, add widgets, and a few other things.