AMERICAN BOOKSELLER Barnes & Noble announced today that its Nook HD and HD+ tablets can now access the Google Play store.
Until now, users of Barnes & Noble's Android tablets were restricted to getting apps from its preloaded Nook Store, which is somewhat lacking in big name applications. However, Nook HD and HD+ users now have access to over 700,000 Android apps via Google Play, the bookseller announced on Friday.
As well as apps, the Google Play store will also deliver music, movies and books to the Nook tablets, and the devices will now also have instant access to Google Search.
This means that the Barnes & Noble Nook HD and Nook HD+ are finally serious contenders in the tablet market, and with their new low prices of £129 and £179, respectively, they might manage to take market share from the rival Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets.
Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch said, "By adding Google Play to Nook HD and Nook HD+, 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, both are must-see products for entertainment lovers looking for high-quality tablets at incredibly low prices."
Barnes & Noble said that it will release an over the air software update to version 2.1.0 that provides access to the Google Play store. This is available from today in both the UK and the US, and can be installed over a WiFi connection. µ