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Old 05-03-2013, 01:28 AM   #1
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Nook HD/HD+ Update Adds Google Play

http://news.yahoo.com/b-n-add-google...042712028.html

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Barnes & Noble is teaming up with Google to vastly increase the number of apps available on its Nook HD tablets.

The bookstore chain says it will add Google's Play app store to its 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch HD+ products in the U.S. and U.K. via a software update Friday. The move expands the number of apps available from the roughly 10,000 the Nook already offered in its own store — such as Angry Birds and Netflix — to 700,000-plus apps and games offered on Google Play. And it comes after a weak holiday sales season for the Nook, which is struggling to gain market share in the rapidly expanding tablet market.
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:13 AM   #2
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I saw this about an hour ago and I'm so excited and a little upset that I'm at work and can't try it out right now!
Well done Barnes and Noble!!

Edit: The software update can be downloaded from the device support page: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/NOOK-Support/379003184

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Old 05-03-2013, 05:48 AM   #3
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I am at work and tried to download it from my Nook HD+. It tells me "No Download Available". I guess I will wait until I get home and download it manually to my computer.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:14 AM   #4
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That's a game-changer, for sure. I've looked the Nook HD, but ruled it out without Google Play. Any word on whether there will be any restrictions on downloading, say, the Kindle App?
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:24 AM   #5
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This is great news. I can't wait to update mine. I remember taking a survey for B&N not too long ago and in the comment section I wrote that if they were in the business to sell ebooks then they should drop their DRM and use the more common ADE DRM to entice readers of other devices to use their store, or at least give the option from their website to download the standard ePub version as Kobo does. Most importantly, if they wanted to sell more tablets they needed to have them Google certified and add the Play store.
I wonder how many others that took the survey requested the Play store as well.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:32 AM   #6
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I just read an article that stated the deal includes adding other Google Inc. services such as the Chrome browser, Gmail, YouTube, Google maps, and Google Play music.
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The Associated Press (@AP) tweeted at 10:32 AM on Fri, May 03, 2013:
Barnes & Noble teams up with Google to increase number of apps available on Nook HD tablet, @Maetron reports: http://t.co/AFGQHoLuNa -JM
(https://twitter.com/AP/status/330238324960796673)

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Old 05-03-2013, 07:00 AM   #8
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I just read an article that stated the deal includes adding other Google Inc. services such as the Chrome browser, Gmail, YouTube, Google maps, and Google Play music.
Yep! I'm at home now and have updated the HD+. It looks like all Google services are included.
So far all the apps I have tried to install have done so beautifully and eveything is working great!.
Well done Barnes and Noble!

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Old 05-03-2013, 07:05 AM   #9
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I am so happy with this update! This device just surpassed Kindle Fire's capabilities.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:19 AM   #10
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Six months too late.
I would've bought one last Xmas if it had PLAY.
Still, better late than never.

About time they realized that, as they say; "It's the apps!"
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:27 AM   #11
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That's a game-changer, for sure. I've looked the Nook HD, but ruled it out without Google Play. Any word on whether there will be any restrictions on downloading, say, the Kindle App?
I just updated and downloaded apps from the Play Store. No restrictions I was able to download and install the Kindle and Kobo apps, plus various others I have gotten through Google.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:51 AM   #12
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CNET has a review:
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7...o-its-tablets/

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I got an early preview of the software update on a Nook HD+ and what's a little bit surprising is that Barnes & Noble hasn't held anything back from the Google Play store -- it's as you would expect it to appear on any open Android device, complete with apps, music, movies, games, and yes, even e-books.
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If you're wondering whether you can add the Kindle app to the Nook, the answer is yes. Kobo, too. But more importantly, Nook owners can also grab the HBO Go app that has been missing from the Nook Store. Or any number of games and apps that also aren't there.

Barnes & Noble reps said that the Nook Store would continue to coexist side-by-side with the Google Play store and users will be able to import their bookmarks from the Nook's old browser to the new Chrome browser. With the Nook HD and HD+ you can also create separate profiles for different users, and parents will have the option of giving their kids access to the Google Play Store -- or not.

To distinguish apps that you've bought in the Nook Store, a small "n" will appear as part of its icon in the navigational carousel at the top of the screen. Content bought in the Google Play store, such as movies, music, and e-books -- will be accessible through Google's "players," not Barnes & Noble's.
Note the split personality. No biggie, but still...

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http://cnettv.cnet.com/barnes-noble-...-50146078.html

(There's a lead-in ad. When I watched, the ad was... Microsoft Surface Pro.)

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http://reviews.cnet.com/2300-19736_7-10016715.html

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Old 05-03-2013, 08:09 AM   #13
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This makes getting/making an SD card to boot from into android unnecessary. Awesome. This was a great choice for them, as they were on the route to irrelevance.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:14 AM   #14
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This is great news for B&N. I pray that this will help them in a small way (or large depending) get back on their feet. We need strong companies to keep the competition rolling. This is very good news for us consumers.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:45 AM   #15
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Okay this is it. I have not taken the plunge on a tablet yet because I have not been impressed enough with any of them. I now want one of these devices. Father's day is coming up...

Thanks Fbone for posting this news. Well done B&N.
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