So This Is How The Nook Ends

Samsung and Barnes & Noble Announce Partnership to Create Co-Branded Tablets

The companies are expected to introduce Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK in a 7-inch version in the U.S. in early August. The co-branded tablets will be prominently displayed along with NOOK eReaders and sold at Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 bookstores across the U.S. and online at, one of the leading e-commerce sites.

Blowing up the stingy-sized image B&N provided …


… it could go either way. A customized Nook homescreen or just an app that has more features than those of the regular Android app.

What I notice missing in the above is any link to the Nook App Store. Using “regular” Android, they won’t need that store now. I guess they’re monitoring legacy users and will know when it’s best to finally pull the plug on that money drain.

I still say a “Nook RT” would have made more sense. Or rather, today, a full-blown Windows Nook. Given how Chinese Windows tablets are going to keep dropping in price, B&N could have had a nice bit of kit in time for the holidays and also provided the Chinese with the beachhead they need.

Another lost opportunity.



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