May 3rd, 2013

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.