In an attempt to fend off competitors and to remain relevant, Barnes & Noble (BN) have decided to allow the Google Play Store to be installed (via an update) to their Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets. Previously, BN would have required users to download apps and books from their own curated store, but as tablets like the Google Nexus and Galaxy Tab having access to the the Google Play Store (which offer hundreds of thousands of the latest apps), BN’s offering failed in comparison. Even Amazon, which has their own forked Android store offers thousands of apps more than BN’s store. In addition apps, Amazon and Google’s stores offer tons of music, movies and magazines, which again, BN couldn’t match. But with the Google Play Store now installed on the Nook HD and HD+ BN will have a leg up on Amazon. Not only is the Nook HD+ a better designed and higher spec’ed tablet, it now has free reign of the Play Store, besting Amazon’s offering in just about every category, with the exception of book, but now the Nook HD can download and install Google Play Books and yes, Amazon Kindle reader. To make the Nook even more appealing, it will also have access to all of Google’s core apps, like Gmail, Maps, YouTube, Currents, Music and more.
The update officially rolls out today (May 3) to all Nook HD and HD+ models, if you don’t see the update being pushed to your device, you can visit Nook.com to obtain the update and install it manually. As for older devices like the Nook Color and Nook Tablet, sadly, those device won’t be supported.
So what do you think? Is the Nook now the tablet to get for just $200 and $270 for the HD and HD+, respectively?