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Barnes & Noble, Samsung unveil the $179 Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

By Shawn Knight
Aug 20, 2014
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  1. As expected, Barnes & Noble and Samsung on Wednesday unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook at a media event in New York. The device is designed to be a full-fledged Android tablet that also doubles as a solid e-reader...

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  2. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Rookie Posts: 38

    To be honest I thought Barnes and Noble left the tablet business. Even Techspot in the past 2 years have stated the death of the Nook several times. Last I heard I think was a year ago that Barnes and Noble even said they would not make Nook hardware anymore. I guess that all changed. Partnering with Samsung is a good idea because they sure weren't doing anything with their own hardware. Will it help, who knows. Time will tell.
     
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,126   +729

    2nd paragraph... "The first tablet not manufactured by Barnes & Noble ", so I guess that's what they meant when they said they weren't making the Nook anymore. I thought the same as you... that 'not making the Nook anymore' meant, no more Nook. Guess it just means they'll outsource the manufacturing.

    I'll bet it's a good decision. B&N is in the book selling business, not the tablet business. Now the risk of poor Nook sales falls to Samsung instead of B&N, while B&N gets to keep their Nook platform for selling e-books. Samsung will get a cut of the ebooks revenue so they get paid for their risk in taking on the Nook, and they'll get the profit for selling the tablets. Seems like Win, Win, Win every way you look at it.

    But what does this line mean?
    I have a Nook, and the B&N loaded interface on top of Android was TERRIBLE. As in, no Google Play store, and apps that were free on Google's play store were like $3 on the Nook. It's no wonder they had trouble selling them. The solution back then was to root the thing, which turned it into a nice little tablet with a handy Nook app, complete with the 'Read-to-me' interactive features for kids that you can't get on regular tablets. I wonder if this new tablet will require rooting and a custom ROM too for full Android functionality.
     
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,356   +402

    I have a Nook and have enjoyed it. Think it's the best reader out there. As a tablet - not so much. Functional, but that's about it.

    So I'm definitely interested in this, especially with the $200 worth of content and $5 credit.
     
  5. lna2000

    lna2000 TS Rookie

    I've had the Nook Tablet for nearly 3 years. The hardware is good, but the Nook OS over Android is awful. The Nook OS is what killed the Nook Tablet. No Google Play. B&N charged for Apps that were free on G Play. I used a N2A (nook to android) SD card to work around the Nook software, but even that OS had problems with the Nook Hardware.
    If this new Nook OS allows for G Play, they got a chance of being a winner. But if it locks out G Play, play the death march.
     


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