The version 1.4.1 update for NOOK Tablets has started rolling out, but it looks like it comes with some unwanted features. According to reports online from XDA-developers and the B&N community, the update disables the tablet’s ability to sideload apps and removes root access. And just like the Kindle Fire, this update is automatically downloaded and applied onto the NOOK Tablet without warning – just as long as you’re connected to WiFi.
Quite a puzzling move if you ask me, since B&N’s NOOK Tablets were supposed to be cheap alternatives to the pricier Android tablets on the market – locking them down isn’t going to make sideloading/root customers very happy. However one thing to note is that all apps that have been sideloaded previously still work after the update, so it’s safe to load your tablet with all the apps you need before you get the update.