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Nook HD+ now priced at $179.99 and $199.99 respectively for 16GB and 32GB models

Barnes and Noble introduced the Nook HD+ last year in an effort to thwart the momentum that Amazon was gaining in the relatively low cost tablet arena with the Kindle Fire HD.
The Nook HD+ is backed by relatively stout hardware, bringing with it a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, and a 9" 1920x1280 display. The tablet is available in 16GB and 32GB models, and if that isn't enough storage space, a microSD slot is also included for digital media packrats.
But for all of its pluses, the Nook HD+ has been hamstrung by its reliance on its own “walled garden” to supply a woefully inadequate subset of popular apps. When it comes to app selection, Barnes and Noble simply couldn't compete with the vast app catalogs offered by the iOS App Store, Google Play Store, or even Amazon's App Store.
Barnes and Noble is now trying to fix its app handicap by announcing full support for the Google Play Store through an automatic over-the-air update. That means that Nook HD and Nook HD+ customers will now have access to over 700,000 Android apps/games.
“By adding Google Play to NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, we are offering our customers even more great entertainment on our award-winning tablets,” said William Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble.

In addition, the Nook HD+ can now access other Google Services including GMail, YouTube, Google Maps, and the Chrome web browser.

Now, many people might say that this is too little too late for Barnes and Noble in the tablet game. And we'd normally be inclined to agree with that statement. However, Barnes and Noble has another trick up its sleeve in the form of reduced pricing.
Today, the company dropped the price of the Nook HD+ just in time for Mother's Day. Whereas the 16GB and 32GB versions of the Nook HD+ were priced at $269 and $299 respectively, retailers like Best Buy and Target are now selling those same tablets for $179.99 and $199.99 respectively through May 12.
This is definitely a step in the right direction for Barnes and Noble on both fronts, and a $200 tablet with 32GB, microSD expansion, a 1920x1280 display and access to the Google Play Store might be hard for many people to ignore.

Sources: Barnes and Noble [1], [2]

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RE: It's over
By retrospooty on 5/5/2013 5:31:57 PM , Rating: 2
I got one for my wife last week with a $70 rebate, so $200. One of the great things about it is you can boot from the SD card. Now JellyBean/CyanogenMod is running off the SD card without affecting the stock ROM at all. Take out the SD card and sell it at 100% stock. I was expecting it to be slow running from SD, but its actually running really well, so well that now I want it. . Now she has a 9 inch tablet equal to the Kindle Fire HD+ with even better res @ 1920x1280. Its an odd res, in between 16x10 and 4x3. Its really sharp. Great tablet for the price. Its not the best tablet in the world, but it beats the crap out of MY Nexus 7 for the same price... 200 is for a 9 inch 1920x1280 tablet is a sweet deal and now its even cheaper.

RE: It's over
By Brandon Hill on 5/5/2013 7:21:24 PM , Rating: 2
Do you by any chance know if Amazon Instant Videos (available through Google Play Store) works with the new firmware? If yes, I might just have to break down and get one.

RE: It's over
By retrospooty on 5/5/2013 7:32:47 PM , Rating: 2
IT works running CM10 off the SD. I will try it on the Nook OS in a bit and post back. The new one I bought today is charging up now.

RE: It's over
By retrospooty on 5/5/2013 7:52:48 PM , Rating: 2
Negative amazon has it locked. Then again amazon has it locked for many devices. You can side load it to cm 10 though. the Kindle reader works fine though. I don't really get the logic of allowing one and locking the other but that's life in the digital age.

RE: It's over
By Brandon Hill on 5/5/2013 8:01:25 PM , Rating: 2
BOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Thanks for checking though!

RE: It's over
By TakinYourPoints on 5/6/2013 2:18:34 AM , Rating: 2
Amazon is very restrictive with their services. The Kindle e-reader is still probably the most restricted device I own. Little complaint from me, its a great product and such things rarely bother me, but even then I can't help but notice.

Either way, the fact that their digital streaming service only works with some Android devices, especially since it runs on so many other pieces of hardware (iOS devices, XBox 360, Roku, the frigging WiiU ) is ridiculous given that its on the Kindle Fire.

RE: It's over
By theapparition on 5/6/2013 1:32:45 PM , Rating: 2
You can still get to Amazon movies.

Download a flash compatible browser, install flash, set browser to desktop mode and you can get all the movies you want

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