Samsung and Barnes & Noble to partner on Galaxy Tab 4 Nook devices
Barnes & Noble has been selling their Nook devices since 2009, yet the big name in the e-reader/tablet market remains Amazon's Kindle series. As a result, the company is changing course and teaming up with Samsung, hoping to increase their share of the market in the process.
The two companies today announced that they are partnering to release co-branded Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablets, beginning with a 7" model later this year. This move puts Samsung in charge of the hardware, while B&N will customize the devices with Nook software and content. This also means an end to the company's attempts at creating their own tablets, though e-readers should still be in the pipeline with the new tablets expected to retail alongside the Nook GlowLight e-reader.
As for the tablet specifications, the 7" model will likely be a rebranded version of the Galaxy Tab 4, which features a 1200x800 display and runs Android 4.4 KitKat. The Tab 4 also retails for just $200, but we'll have to see whether the Nook branding adds anything when the device is launched in August.