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article imageNook HD, HD+ tablets welcome Google Play app store

By Hector Garingalao     May 4, 2013 in Technology
The Nook app market, holding about 10,000 of its own apps, will now drastically increase in numbers: around 700,000. That is because Google's app store, Google Play, has now been officially added to Barnes & Noble's Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets.
Not so long ago, Barnes & Noble offered a free Nook Simple Touch e-reader with purchase of a Nook HD+ tablet. Good offer that it was, Barnes & Noble's current promotion, adding Google Play to Nook's Android-based OS, sounds more promising.
In a report by VentureBeat, CEO of Barnes & Noble William Lynch stated, "We are offering our customers even more great entertainment on our award-winning tablets. Now with access to more than 700,000 apps and the best reading experience available, Nook HD and Nook HD+ are must-see products for entertainment lovers."
Nook HD+ integrating Google Play
Nook HD+ integrating Google Play
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Although Nook and Google Play now fully complement each other, it does not happen without some condition. To install Google Play in Nook HD and HD+, tablet owners will be mandated to install several Google-created apps as well. YouTube, Chrome, Google Search, Google Maps and Gmail are among those apps that automatically come with Google Play, and will now be installed on existing and new Nooks via downloadable update.
Nook HD 7-inch tablet starts at $199, while the Nook HD+ 9-inch tablet starts at $269. Both HD tablets are available at the Barnes & Noble online store.
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