When the 7″ Nook Color ($250) was announced, I’d suggested it might be something more than just another e-Reader. But, while the developer community has had a field day, I didn’t anticipate Barnes & Noble would ultimately embrace its Android platform as a full fledged tablet device. Yet here we are.
B&N has partnered with HSN to seemingly pitch the Nook Color as a tablet first and foremost. In conjunction with an April update, they’re quick to point out that the Nook Color offers removable storage and Flash video playback… unlike their (iPad) competition. Although, given Amazon’s new Android Appstore, B&N may find themselves with some competition from a similarly equipped mid-range Kindle 4.
I took one for the team and recorded the HSN Nook Color segment. The embedded excerpt above covers the transformational April software update and below are screengrabs of Angry Birds and the drawing app. HSN customers will get the software first, but it’s destined for all NC devices. The highlights:
- Android 2.2
- Nook Apps
- Push Email App
- Drawing Pad App
- Angry Birds
- Adobe Flash