Kobo launched the Kobo Glo last year which is a 6-inch e-book reader that comes with an E Ink touchscreen display, 1 GHz processor, 2 GB of storage expandable using the microSD slot, and has nearly a month of battery life. The device itself is impressive if used as an e-book reader. A hacker over at the Mobileread forum has enhanced the device further by letting it run on Android.
The hack is based on a similar hack performed on the Tolino Shine e-reader. Apparently the hardware of both the Tolino Shine and Kobo Glo are very similar. This made Android easy to port over to the Glo with only minimum work to be done.
With Android running on the Kobo Glo users will be able to gain access to the Google Play Store and install apps on the device. Since the Glo does not have a large battery or a display with a fast refresh rate installing games on it will be pointless. You can however browse the web or install the Android Kindle or the Barnes & Noble Nook app on it to give it access to more e-books. One thing that will suffer is the battery life since Android uses more resources than its original firmware.
This isn’t the first time that the Kobo Glo got a replacement firmware as a few months back the device was made to run on Debian Linux.
Kobo Glo Technical Specifications
- Size: 114 x 157 x 10 mm (4.5 x 6.2 x 0.4 in)
- Weight: 185 g (6.5 oz)
- Processor: 1 GHz
- Display: 6-inch XGA Pearl E Ink touchscreen; 1024×768 resolution; 16-level grey scale
- Screen: Responsive touchscreen for glare-free, fingerprint-resistant reading
- Light: Built-in ComfortLight technology with micro-thin hard coating for durability and even light distribution
- Connectivity: Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB
- Storage: 2 GB with option to expand up to 32 GB with a Micro SD card
- Battery: Over 1 month with Wi Fi turned off, Up to 70 hours of continuous usage with ComfortLight on
- File types: EPUB, PDF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, TXT, (X)HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR