Nook HD and HD+ tablets get Google Play access

Nook HD and HD+ tablets get Google Play access
Nook HD and HD+ tablets get Google Play access
Update will add Google Play support to the pair of Barnes & Noble tablets.

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Although Amazon's Kindle Fire controls much of the budget Android tablet market, Barnes & Noble's HD and HD+ tablets have had their fair share of customers. Unfortunately, the pair of tablets had been previously limited to apps found on the Barnes & Noble app store, though that is now set to change.

While Google Play apps could previously be sideloaded on rooted Nook tablets, the devices will now have access to the full store in an upcoming update, according to a press release. The update will include access to the over 700,000 applications found on Google Play, as well as Gmail, YouTube, Google Search and Google Maps support. B&N will continue to support their own app store as well as previous purchases, but it is unknown if the store will be continuously updated  with new applications.

Google Play access will be added through an OTA update that will begin rolling out today, but users in a hurry can head on over to the Nook website and manually update their devices immediately. This news comes on the heels of an ongoing discount on the entire B&N e-reader and tablet lineup in the UK, and the company is clearly doing what they can to bring users to the Nook ecosystem. 


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Omar Qudsi, 2013-05- 3 (Update: 2013-05- 3)