Introduction: Android on Kobo Touch E-book Reader
So, you bought a Kobo reader, but you think that Kobo Nickel OS, just sucks.
Me too. I've lurked on the Internet for about a week, and I'm writing this step-to-step instructable, making it as easy as possible also for people who don't understand very well how to flash things and how to burn a .img file onto a Micro SD.
Step 1: What Do You Need?
You'll need few items to make this little mod:
-Your Kobo Touch e-book reader
-A Micro SD (>8 gigs suggested)
-A prying tool (or even a strong guitar pick)
-A Micro SD to SD adapter with related USB SD card reader (or just a USB Micro SD reader ;)
-Win32 Disk Imager (downloadable from: http://goo.gl/SyFjeV)
-Custom Android ROM for Kobo (downloadable from: https://goo.gl/vwAAMT)
-About 15 minutes
Step 2: Tearing Apart the Back Cover
Take your prying tool and push it in the opening near the power slider. Then rock it back and forth until the back cover starts opening. Slide it around the slit and continue leveraging the tool.
Once you opened it, take a look at the inside. (Refer to 4th image)
You need to locate the internal Micro SD Card, which hosts the entire OS.
Depending on the capacity of your e-book, maybe you'll find a bigger memory.
>>>>WARNING: PUT IT AWAY AND DON'T LOSE IT BECAUSE IT HAS THE KOBO NICKEL OS INSIDE AND ONCE YOU LOST THE CARD, YOU'LL NEVER BE ABLE TO RETURN TO THE STOCK OS!<<<<
Step 3: Moving to the PC
Once you're on your PC, download Win32 Disk Imager and the .img file.
Estract the image to the Desktop and then open Win32 Disk Imager.
Press the blue folder icon and select the .img file you just downloaded, select your device (TAKING EXTRA CARE TO NOT SELECT A WRONG DRIVE) and then press Write ("Scrivi" in the image).
Step 4: Coffee Break!
The rom burning proces can take a while, so in the meantime, you can listen some music and also have a coffee ;)
Oh, and don't close the program, because you'll need it in the next step!
Step 5: Make a Backup of Kobo Nickel OS
Remove your new Micro SD Card from the reader and insert the Kobo's original one.
In Win32 Disk Imager, click the blue folder icon and go to your desktop and open a file named, for example, Kobo_Touch.img. Even if you don't have that file, it will appear in the program address bar. Then press Read ("Leggi" in the second image). The reading process takes less time to the writing one. Make extra care to keep with you this image file!
Step 6: 32 GB of FREEDOM!
Insert the prepared Micto SD Card into his socket and turn it on by using the Power slider.
If it doesn't turn on, try pressing the reset button and tuning on again!
Oh, and don't close it yet, 'cause you still don't know if it will start or not!
Step 7: Booting Up
Now all you have to do is waiting till the device boots.
It could take some time to the first boot.
Now your Kobo e-book now has Android OS on board.
Oh, and don't forget to close your back cover by snapping it back!
And don't forget to follow me to stay tuned on future projects for your Kobo Touch and a lot of other stuff!