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Nook HD Tablets Will Included Google’s Play App Store

Nook HD Tablets Will Included Google’s Play App Store

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 United Kingdom via a software update Friday.

The update is automatic and will occur over-the-air to all devices connected to Wi-Fi. It will also include other Google Inc. services such as the Chrome browser, Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps. Google Play Music includes millions of songs as well.

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.

The prices and styles of the Nooks that Barnes & Noble offers are not changing. The 7-inch Nook HD starts at $199, and the 9-inch Nook HD+ tablet starts at $269. Barnes & Noble also sells nontablet e-book readers, the Nook Simple Touch and Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, which will not offer Google Play.

“We saw coming off holiday the market moved to multifunction tablets.”
“Consumer research showed us the breadth of applications available is really critical.”
“This addresses the one perceived gap that we had with other tablets virtually overnight.”
—-CEO William Lynch

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