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B&N Nook Color looks to Android, and other industry news

by Kristen Nicole

Android readers get colorful

eReaders are becoming big business, and Amazon (AMZN) has been taking the charge so far. Barnes & Noble (BKS) would like to stop playing catch up, and is making some big strides thanks to Android’s OS. Reports of an upcoming B&N Nook Color emerged today, noting that the Amazon Kindle rival will be powered by Android as well. This adds to B&N’s existing Android Nook reader, which is currently black-and-white only. Speculation still lingers on the exact specs of the upcoming device.

A Danish debut

In Denmark, a new Android-based phone seeks to differentiate itself from the rest of the crowded market. Lumigon, a small Danish manufacturer, is launching an Android smartphone as its first product. It will also feature amplification technology from Bang & Olufsen (BUOB.F), as well as an FM transmitter. Dubbed the T1, the Android phone comes with Froyo 2.2, and features a 3.5-inch touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution. Lumigon has also loaded the T1 with A-GPS, a 5-megapixel flash camera, and HDMI output. The T1 has already survived some delays, but will begin shipping sometime in the coming weeks.

Yahoo! Fantasy grows its team

As basketball and hockey heat up the sports scene, Yahoo! has taken the opportunity to expand its mobile app collection. Joining Fantasy Football, new Fantasy Basketball and Hockey apps will score big in the Android Market. Yahoo!’s Fantasy Sports leagues are still quite popular, and mobile access to your roster will keep you on top of your game.