Barnes & Noble bringing Google Play to Nook HD and Nook HD+

Barnes Nobile Nook HD - HD Plus Phandrizzle

Barnes & Noble’s Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets are about to gain access to a boat load of apps, games, music, videos, and books courtesy of the Google Play Store. The ┬áretailer is adding support Google’s content store to the pair of slates as well as a suite of mobile apps including Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, and Chrome.

The deeper Google integration seems to be at odds with Barnes & Noble’s broader content strategy, but VP of ebooks Jim Hil is “confident that when people pick up a Nook device, they’re going to use the Nook shopping experience.” At the same time, the addition of Google Play could be appealing to consumers searching out a new Android tablet, so it’s a bit of a give and take situation.

Google Play will come as part of an over-the-air update for existing owners. It should ship out of the box with the Nook HD and HD+ in the future.

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TAGS: Barnes & Nobile Nook HD+ , Barnes & Noble Nook HD

  • Chris

    Kevin, I thought you left us?!

    • bmg314

      It only took that long to cover all there was to cover in the world of i. In fact, he took a short vacation, also.

  • Shawn_Locke

    These tablets just became a lot more interesting (and relevant).

    • Chris

      Much better than the Kindle Fire’s now, in my opinion.

  • Jayshmay

    Should have been like this from the beginning.

  • Matt Laney

    This is great. Don’t forget they also have removable storage too.

  • Wesley

    Now these are actually worth buying. I might get myself one and stick Nova Launcher on it. Does anyone know how good the battery life is?

  • Dean Politis

    Are you back on Phandroid?

  • Lisa Baird

    This might have made one of these my choice for my new tablet last fall, instead of my Galaxy Tab . Lack of access to all those apps was a big deal breaker for me.

    • bbqsfire

      I did the same thing. Was looking at these and the lack of development at the time on XDA made me get the galaxy tab 2 10.1. If the tablet had play store then I would have probably got this. my original nook color was awesome running cm7 but it was limited on cm9 and it was time to upgrade.

  • Montisaquadeis

    The need to root these just dropped lower now that they are installing the google suite for you. Just install a different launcher like go launcher or nova luancher or a myraid of others and you will not have to see the B&N experience at all. Hopefully they didn’t botch android up to much like they did with the original Nook Tablet where even themes was a nono until it got a proper Android build aka CM.

  • Michael Parks

    Just got the update. Changed the whole feel of the Nook reader

  • Dean Politis

    You can now download the Kindle app on to it.

  • androidscales

    Hello troll Kevin go back to ios website

  • AMbro86

    This is pretty awesome! I think they’d have to do this to really compete in the tablet sphere. In fact I think even Amazon will have to eventually relent on the Kindle. At least if they ever want to get someone like me to buy one…otherwise Nexus 7 ftw!

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