Barnes & Noble’s Nook HD, and Nook HD+ haven’t really taken off in the UK. Surprisingly they are widely available to test out in some stores, but it feels as if the Kindle has the monopoly in the UK for tablet e-readers. Today however news came in that the Nook HD and HD+ now have the Google Play Store and this feature could be a game changer for those looking for a tablet e-reader.
I love my Kindle Fire HD, It’s an aweome size, it feels great in the hand, and is relatively easy to use. It’s only downfall is the lack of a really good app store. The Amazon App Store is starting to get a little better, but it can be slow at times and still doesn’t have the same amount of apps that Google Play and the iTunes App store offer. This was the same with the Nook, in fact the Nook looked even less appealing and didn’t even factor in my mind when choosing an e-reader which is a shame because it looks like it could be pretty good.
Yesterday, Barnes & Noble announced that their Nook HD and HD+ will be getting the Google Play store in an update that began rolling out Yesterday. “This deal is about plugging that gap. Consumers told us they wanted more apps,” CEO William Lynch told Reuters. With this update apps such as Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, and Google Maps will be available once the update arrives.
This is a huge update for the Nook and hopefully Amazon will take notice and do the same with the Kindle Fire and the Kindle Fire HD.
Do you have a Nook? If not would you buy one now it comes with Google Play? Leave a comment below.