Barnes & Noble's Nook HD and HD+ Suddenly More Attractive with Google Play Access
"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."
This is a great move by B&N, as Google Play is viewed by many as an integral part of the Android experience, even heavily skinned ones. It puts B&N in a better position to compete with Amazon, which doesn't offer Google Play access on its Kindle devices in order to direct users to its own Appstore for Android.
If you own a Nook HD or Nook HD+, be on the lookout for an over-the-air update (OTA), which will begin rolling out today. For those who don't, the Nook HD with Google Play runs $199 and the Nook HD+ starts at $269.