Barnes and Noble's Nook tablet subsidiary, which has a large investment from Microsoft, has seen better days. The company stated that sales of the Android-based tablets were below expectations for the holiday 2012 shopping period. Today, the bookseller announced large, but temporary, price reductions for its Nook HD and Nook HD+ models.
The press release states that, from now until May 12th (Mother's Day), The price of the 7-inch Nook HD will be cut from $199 to $149 for the 8 GB version, while the 16 GB model will see a price reduction from $229 to $179. Even more savings can be found if you want to get the larger 9 inch Nook HD+. The 16 GB version, normally priced at $269, is now down to just $179 for the week, while the 32 GB version sees a price cut from $299 to $209.
Both of these tablets run a version of Google's Android OS but until a few days ago the Nook products had their own app download service. On Friday, that also changed as the tablets can now download any Android app available from the Google Play store, along with its selection of music, TV shows and movies. The tablets can also now run Google's own apps like the Chrome web browser, Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps.
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