May 162011
 

Occupying the middle ground between the Kindle and the iPad in terms of functionality, the 7-inch NookColor has just got a firmware update that will please both eBook readers and multifunctional gadget users.

The expanded features include:

  • new simple e-mail app works with providers like Yahoo, Gmail and AOL, allowing users to read and send messages over a Wi-Fi network.
  • updated Web browser includes Adobe Flash 10.1, allowing users to stream Web video to their devices, something the iPad can’t.

Even with the software update, the NookColor can still be sluggish when doing processor intensive task such watching very fast motion video, or scrolling through a book quickly. However, these are minor quibbles and the NookColor remains a leading choice for those avid readers that want to see more that just monochrome print on their screen.

We can expect to see a few more software upgrades in the next few months as Barnes & Noble bets the NookColor ready for the rumored Amazon Tablet launch later in 2011. It is likely that the Amazon Tablet will be the greatest threat to the NookColor rather than the iPad due Amazons heavy investment on the Kindle eBook format.

Just release today by Barnes & Noble:

Barnes & Noble Quickly Hits 1 Million NOOK Apps(TM) Downloads by NOOK Color(TM) Customers

Milestone Reached Just One Week After NOOK App Shopping Made Available to All NOOK Color Customers

Angry Birds, Drawing Pad, Fliq Calendar and Pulse Among Most Popular Apps

New York, New York – May 16, 2011 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, announced a major new milestone for its recently updated award-winning NOOK Color Reader’s Tablet(TM).  Just one week after the company made its free software update featuring popular NOOK Apps available over the air for all NOOK Color customers, customers have made more than one million apps downloads. NOOK Color customers are enjoying access to a variety of popular NOOK Apps and downloading a selection of both paid and free apps that get even more out of their Reader’s Tablet, and have given the top 10 paid and free NOOK Apps the highest 4 or 5 star rating.

All NOOK Apps are optimized for NOOK Color’s stunning 7-inch color touchscreen. The top five paid NOOK Apps are Angry Birds, Drawing Pad, Solitaire, Aces Jewel Hunt and Astraware Mahjong. Among the top five free NOOK Apps are Fliq Calendar, Fliq Notes, Pulse, NOOK Word of the Day(TM) and Fliq Tasks, which help keep customers organized and informed on the highly portable NOOK Color. With the recent v1.2 software update, Barnes & Noble brought the most-requested tablet features to its bestselling NOOK Color, which, in addition to NOOK Apps, includes full-featured built-in email, enhanced Web experience and more exciting content for adults and children.  The device, which had already been acclaimed as the best reading device on the market, is now the best tablet value on the market at just $249.

“Our recent software update to NOOK Color delivered the most requested tablet features by our customers, including the ability to shop for and download high-quality apps.  Reaching over a million app downloads in just a week since the launch of NOOK App shopping for all NOOK Color customers exceeded expectations, and is an exciting milestone for our developers, publishing partners, and most importantly for our rapidly growing NOOK Color user base,” said William Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble. “Our stores and booksellers have been a key part of educating our large NOOK customer base on the terrific applications available for them. We’re building on the early success of our NOOK Apps offering by scaling our collection of popular apps with the thousands of developers who’ve approached us, while ensuring we continue to deliver the high-quality experience NOOK Color is known for.

Barnes & Noble continues to bring NOOK Color customers new applications from leading third-party developers and content providers for the whole family to enjoy. In the past weeks, Barnes & Noble has added new NOOK Apps including QuickOffice Pro, FriendCaster for Facebook, UrbanDaddy, more games from Concrete Software including Aces Traffic Pack, Aces Cribbage and PBA Bowling 2, FlightView Elite, RepliGo Reader, and 3001 Wisdom quotes.  Recently added NOOK Apps for children include Bloki, My First Alphabet Sights & Sounds and CardDroid Math flash cards. Through the Shop area on the device, NOOK Color customers can easily explore NOOK Apps, available in categories including Play, Organize, Learn, Explore, Lifestyle, News and Kids. Approximately half of the collection available for $2.99 or less and the vast majority priced at $5.99 or less.


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