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Barnes & Noble updated Nook HD Android tablets (gallery)

See if for yourself: With one major software update, the Barnes & Noble HD e-reader has been transformed into an excellent, low-end Android tablet.

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Topic: Tablets
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Say hello to the new Nook HD

With just one software update including the Google Play app store, the Barnes & Noble Nook HD and its 10-inch big-brother Nook HD+ tablet have become very interesting low-end Android tablets. 

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Google Play on Nook HD

If the Nook HD's hardware can support it, the Nook HD can run it. The newly revised Nook now supports most Android applications, ebooks, videos, and music from most Android-compatible media providers. 

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Barnes & Noble and Google Play apps

The Nook's interface appears to be the same, but if you look closely, you can tell "native" Nook apps by the small "n" on the upper right of their icons. You can replace the Nook versions with a Google Play edition if you like, but the functionality isn't likely to improve. 

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Kindle ebooks on the Nook?

When I said that the new Nook supported most Android apps, I wasn't kidding. It now will let you read your Kindle ebooks, as well as your Nook books, with the Android Kindle e-reader. The newly revised Nook also supports other e-readers, such as Alkido, Google Books, and Kobo. 

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Still a great e-reader

At day's end, the newly revised Nook HD is still a great e-reader in its own right. 

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