12-29-2011 01:02 PM
Many android apps are simply re-formatted HTML / XML pages.
I've created dozens for my phone and would love to have them on the nook.
Hey, wait, I do... I just copy the html source to a directory and voila, I have the content, but it is not automatically formatted to the nook.
SO, Apps can be content.
Calling webpages an "app" is kind of stretching the definition of what an app actually is.
Sure you can make a list of what you need to have to go camping in antartica and then package it up as an "app" to be distributed from the online store... but that doesn't really make it an app. That would be a document you are selling and you are just using the online app distribution mechanism.
12-29-2011 02:42 PM
keithlm wrote:As can be seen above the definition is vague enough that somebody could claim apps are content. But the definition does not specifically mention apps or software.
And this is how the word is used in the IT industry. If we narrow down how the word is used in the publishing industry you'll find that if it came to a court of law that B&N can easily support the stand that content does NOT include apps.
I personally hope they re-open the use of side-loading apps; but as others have mentioned the amount of complaints is kind of pathetic. (And the misinformation used to attempt to substantiate claims is even worse.)
Your point is taken and I agree that the definition is vague. But as far as what consitutes content, we will just have to agree to disagree. We could spend countless hours debating this, but I don't (and I'm sure you don't either) have the time to do so. As far as the sideloading of apps, in another thread, you said that the feature was never officially allowed. Well, it was never officially disallowed either. Maybe the problem is that they tried to jump into the tablet market without covering their bases. The TOS should probably define exactly what they consider content and then specifically state that you can't load any application other than those purchased through their store (which would bring a whole new fight to these forums).
Honestly, I love this tablet, I am without a doubt keeping mine. My only issue is that once the consumer buys it, I feel it's theirs to do with as they please.
04-14-2012 01:20 AM
You may not be able to sideload apps, but you can still cerate an android tablet system on your SD card and install apps via Google Play or any other sources you trust, at your discretion. Google it, instructions are readily available. B&N could well go belly up soon after Christmas this year and then we'll all have to do that, or root our NOOKs. As long as B&N exists, I'd rather dual boot. I like the NOOK, don't mind their literary content, but their app store sucks... both selection and prices. I won't be held hostage. I bought the NOOK and it's mine to do with as I wish.