The Nook HD and HD+ tablets would soon get the service of the Google Play Store. Barnes & Noble is delivering the Play Store to its devices, complete with videos, music, apps and ebooks.
Along with that, the devices will get Google services like Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube and the Chrome browser. So, all in all, Nook users would get more than what they started with, and gain access into a broader media ecosystem.
Some have questioned this move of Barnes & Noble, as the company had strived to have a strategic partnership with Microsoft.
However, Barnes & Noble’s vice president of ebooks, Jim Hilt, says that this is the company’s way of showing their commitment to the Android platform.
According to him, the company has been involved in “tremendous amount of work with Windows 8”. Hilt says that the plan of Barnes & Noble to use more of Google’s services is “consistent with our business, which has always been to bring the Nook reading or content service to all the platforms available.”
Users can buy ebooks and digital magazines on Google Play too, but Hilt says that the company isn’t perturbed by that fact. “We’re incredibly confident that when people pick up a Nook device, they’re going to use the Nook shopping experience,” he explained.
The company said that even though the Nook devices would be integrated with Google Play, their Nook Video, which has movies and TV shows for purchase, will continue to offer its services. Those of you who own a Nook HD would be getting a notification of an over-the-air update.