B&N Nook Tablets Finally Become Real Tablets, Get Google Play Access

The lack of App download support was really the only snag

Barnes & Noble's Nook product collection may have started out with e-book readers, but eventually the bookstore chain released an Android tablet (though it called it Nook Color e-reader), and followed up with some real slates.

The Nook HD tablets were the latest, but they didn't really amount to much, even with holiday promotions for Nook HD and HD+.

The main reason was the lack of access to the Google Play app store. Buyers only had B&N's much smaller store accessible.

That problem has now been redressed: buyers of the Nook HD and HD+ now have over 700,000 apps to choose from. Though it may be too little too late.

B&N has actually been leaving the tablet market, albeit slowly. That's what some rumors say anyway.

Adding Google Play support may be a last ditch attempt to gain some ground, possibly offering enough of a reason to reconsider withdrawal plans.

Either that or B&N is finally admitting that its choice to use a tactic free of Google's presence was not a right one.

“By adding Google Play to NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, we are offering our customers even more great entertainment on our award-winning tablets,” said William Lynch, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble.

“Now with access to more than 700,000 apps and the best reading experience available, both are must-see products for entertainment lovers looking for high-quality tablets at incredibly low prices.”

Right now, the Nook HD is up for sale at £129 (down from £159 / $246 / €188). Online retailers say the price is of $180 / €137 – 180.

As for the Nook HD+, it costs £179 (down from £229 / $355 / €272), which corresponds to $250 / €191 – 250.

Now we just have to wait and see if Amazon adds Google Play support to its Kindle Fire tablets (only Amazon’s own app store is supported now).

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