Barnes & Noble adds Google Play to Nook HD and HD+ tablets, attacks Nexus 7 head-on

Barnes & Noble has added access to the Google Play store on its 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch Nook HD+ devices, along with all of Google's other Android services, in an effort to gain more of a foothold on the busy tablet market,

Launched at the end of last year, the two tablets came with B&N's own app store, with executives telling Pocket-lint that "there may not be many apps, but there are the right apps". It seems that the company has had a rethink. Adding Google Play to the tablets takes them away from being direct (and less successful) rivals to Amazon's Kindle devices and puts them more in the Nexus 7 camp.

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In addition, Barnes & Noble dramatically dropped the prices of the Nook HD and HD+ tablets a couple of days ago in the UK for a limited period, in celebration of the Get London Reading campaign. You can now pick up the 7-inch Nook HD for £129 and the HD+ for £179. Considering they have decent specifications and excellent screens, with access to the tens of thousands of apps and other content offered by Google Play they now represent very good value.

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"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, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble. "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."

Google Search will now be on the tablets too.