18 Replies Latest reply on May 30, 2013 1:38 PM by bobstro

    No Google Play for us

      Just read that the Nook HD and HD+ are getting updates that will allow them to access the Google Play store, with access to over 700k apps & games. Left off of the list is the Nook Color. Like the Soup Nazi said, "No Google Play for you!" :smileysad:

        • Re: No Google Play for us
          TYK, has anyone reached out to BN support to ask if we'll be getting it for the NC?

          Some apps won't work well, due to graphics &/or processor need, but there are quite a few "simple" games & apps I'd love to add to my NC, as a backup. Plus, I'd like to give my NC to my parents, to bring them into the e-reader world!
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            I have contacted B&N support with this complaint of not having access to Google Play and have requested them to again approach management since NC customers should not be left out....

            I expect most would move to a different product in the future and it would not be B&N!!!!!

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              It's really too bad that they are doing this now.  I was looking to buy a tablet for my mom for Christmas this past year.  I weighed cost, ease of use and prominent features and honestly, Nook would have been the winner if it weren't for the lousy app store.  I went with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 which she loves.  She has a Nook with Glow Light so I simply downloaded the Nook app to her tablet.  Now she has the best of both worlds.  Nook was taking themselves out of the game, even with loyal Customers, because of that single (but very notable) flaw. I don't know if it's too late (early adopters of Nook Color and Nook Tablet are already feeling shunned) but I hope this move helps put them back on track.

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                I am so disappointed in Barnes & Noble for the lack of support for the Nook Color.  It is like a waste of money.  I will never and I repeat never;  purchase another Nook device again.  I really hope the Corporate Office reads these posts.  I purchased this device to read my books, browse the web, my email and purchase a few apps.  But most of the apps are extremely costly.  I use my Galaxy Note 2 to read my eBooks & order apps from the Google Playstore and also the Amazon Appstore. : )

                 

                I would love to ROOT my Nook Color but I have no clue as to what to do.  : (


                jlhatch wrote:

                Just read that the Nook HD and HD+ are getting updates that will allow them to access the Google Play store, with access to over 700k apps & games. Left off of the list is the Nook Color. Like the Soup Nazi said, "No Google Play for you!" :smileysad:




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                    Mrspburke wrote:   I would love to ROOT my Nook Color
                    but I have no clue as to what to do.  : (

                    checkout the N2A micro-SD Card -
                    you just insert it into the slot on the Nook Color, and it will then boot directly into full Android mode using the uSD Card for all data, software, etc .... no mods to the native NC -

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                    I've also contacted B&N customer support about this travesty. I plan on bringing my NC on a European vacation next month and was hoping to use a free app to view train schedules, but nope - only available from Google Play.

                    Doesn't B&N realize that by shutting out Google Play, our only alternative for Android apps is ... Amazon? It seems like a poor marketing strategy for B&N to be driving us to their competitor to see what a tablet can do.
                      • Re: No Google Play for us

                        Read my reply (#4 above). Just root it with Manualnooter, apply Dalingrin's OC and you should be good to go with Google Play.


                        evadderf wrote:
                        I've also contacted B&N customer support about this travesty. I plan on bringing my NC on a European vacation next month and was hoping to use a free app to view train schedules, but nope - only available from Google Play.

                        Doesn't B&N realize that by shutting out Google Play, our only alternative for Android apps is ... Amazon? It seems like a poor marketing strategy for B&N to be driving us to their competitor to see what a tablet can do.

                         

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                            Sure, rooting my NC is an option, but after a couple of years it would be a bit of an effort to archive everything, wipe the slate and lose the Nook apps I already own, etc. So far I've been using the dual boot off the SD slot with good results, which means I've been grabbing my android apps from Amazon. As I've said, it seems pretty crazy for B&N's policy to force me to use Amazon to get Android apps (and in this case the one I want isn't even available there).


                            Bluepen61 wrote:

                            Read my reply (#4 above). Just root it with Manualnooter, apply Dalingrin's OC and you should be good to go with Google Play.


                              • Re: No Google Play for us
                                bobstro

                                evadderf wrote:

                                [...] As I've said, it seems pretty crazy for B&N's policy to force me to use Amazon to get Android apps (and in this case the one I want isn't even available there).

                                 

                                I don't follow you thinking here. Google is no more B&N's friend than Amazon. Getting apps from Google is no more difficult than getting apps from Amazon once you've rooted your device successfully. If you're installing apps from Amazon, why can't you install apps from Google? I never had issues on my rooted NCs.

                                 

                                This stomping out the door because they won't update your 2 year old device is silly. The NC didn't have GoPS on day one. It still doesn't. Nothing has changed. Buying a Kindle to spite B&N makes even less sense. If you want a full multi-function tablet with support for Google Play access, buy one! There are plenty of cost-competitive competitors, but not from Amazon.

                                 

                                Unless you've got a lot invested in B&N features, if you just want to read books occasionally, buy a tablet and put a decent ebook reader app on it. You can still read books and most magazines from B&N (and others). 

                                 

                                The NC still works fine as a basic reader. If you want a more general purpose tablet, albeit an old and slow one, put Cyanogenmod on it. You have plenty of choices.

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                              NookGardener

                              evadderf wrote:
                              I've also contacted B&N customer support about this travesty. I plan on bringing my NC on a European vacation next month and was hoping to use a free app to view train schedules, but nope - only available from Google Play.

                              Doesn't B&N realize that by shutting out Google Play, our only alternative for Android apps is ... Amazon? It seems like a poor marketing strategy for B&N to be driving us to their competitor to see what a tablet can do.

                              Those train schedules are probably available through a web browser. You could always find them and downlad them in advance (so youre not dependent on wifi)

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                                  If Barnes and Noble does not give Nook Color an update to allow Google Play then they will be losing not 1 but 3 customers.  With 3 Nook Colors in our house and the fact that all 3 of us buy tons of books that is just money that they will be losing.  If the NC does not get the google play update then this is 3 customers that they will lose.  Forever!  Don't tell me to root, and yes I know how!  I should not have to root to get the same funtionality that others have.  No update to give us google play then the 3 of us will become kindle users.  Period!

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                                      My NC is giving me problems (see my post on Music Player and reader not always working) and I am considering upgrading to another type of 7-8 in tablet. 

                                       

                                      If my NC had the ability to run Google Play with out having to resort to hacks to make it work I would be much more inclined to to stay with B&N.  With our it I am probably going to purchase a Samsung 8.0 Note.  I believe there is much more support for Google/Android products available and a much more modern product.

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                                          I don't understand this:  No update to give us google play then the 3 of us will become kindle users. 

                                           

                                          I understand this: Shifting to Samsung.

                                           

                                          *****

                                           

                                          If you don't like B&N not adding Google Play Store to Nook Color, why would you shift to Kindle which doesn't have Google Play Store?

                                           

                                          Shouldn't it be a shift to Samsung or Google Nexus 7?

                                            • Re: No Google Play for us

                                              Read my reply (#4 above). Just root it with Manualnooter, apply Dalingrin's OC and you should be good to go with Google Play.

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                                                5ivedom wrote:

                                                I don't understand this:  No update to give us google play then the 3 of us will become kindle users. 

                                                 

                                                I understand this: Shifting to Samsung.

                                                 

                                                *****

                                                 

                                                If you don't like B&N not adding Google Play Store to Nook Color, why would you shift to Kindle which doesn't have Google Play Store?

                                                 

                                                Shouldn't it be a shift to Samsung or Google Nexus 7?


                                                The Kindle thing was really more for B&N than anything, just a way to state that we would be leaving for a competitor that is hurting them.  In all honesty I would go with Samsung also!

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                                                    keriflur

                                                    KD67 wrote:

                                                    5ivedom wrote:

                                                    I don't understand this:  No update to give us google play then the 3 of us will become kindle users. 

                                                     

                                                    I understand this: Shifting to Samsung.

                                                     

                                                    *****

                                                     

                                                    If you don't like B&N not adding Google Play Store to Nook Color, why would you shift to Kindle which doesn't have Google Play Store?

                                                     

                                                    Shouldn't it be a shift to Samsung or Google Nexus 7?


                                                    The Kindle thing was really more for B&N than anything, just a way to state that we would be leaving for a competitor that is hurting them.  In all honesty I would go with Samsung also!


                                                    So then say Samsung.  It doesn't hurt B&N more if you buy a kindle rather than a Samsung tablet.  It certainly doesn't hurt them if you say "I'm buying a kindle", it just drives the forum members crazy  because we're the only one's reading these posts (NOT B&N management), and we see the same unimaginative proclamations over and over.

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                                                      bobstro

                                                      KD67 wrote:

                                                      The Kindle thing was really more for B&N than anything, just a way to state that we would be leaving for a competitor that is hurting them.  In all honesty I would go with Samsung also!

                                                       

                                                      You guys are lucky that there are so many options for the NC. You can root it. You can load a variety of alternate firmware. Most times, after a device is out of production for a couple of years, you're pretty much stuck. I just updated my NC with Cyanogenmod 10.1. While it's slow (it's old hardware), it does work well enough to run a few core apps out of GoPS while still functioning as an ereader. If I wanted it snappier, I could load Cyanogenmod 7.2. You have to realize, though, that with the limited memory and CPU on a NC, it's not going to be transformed into anything near what a modern tablet is. It works, but it's slow. Two years ago, it could handle most apps, but today it is definitely showing its age.

                                                       

                                                      KD67, look at it from B&N's perspective: With that "threat", all you're really saying is that you're looking to upgrade to a new device soon. That doesn't really light a fire under B&N to address anything, since their current devices do provide GoPS access.

                                                       

                                                      If you're looking to upgrade and aren't happy with B&N, that's a different question. Whether or not the current HD/+ line is worth it really depends on how much time you spend in the B&N ecosystem and the price you can find. 

                                                       

                                                      These days, if you want a general purpose tablet, buy a general purpose tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is about $180. It has a different set of positives and negatives than the HD, but is a nice little tablet with full GoPS access. I've even heard good(ish) things about some of the Chinese generic tablets that Walmart sells. Load the B&N NOOK app on one of those, and you can get most of your B&N book content on it as well, and get reasonable performance.

                                                       

                                                      I think it would be very classy of B&N to do something, but I won't whine at them about my 2 year old device. It would be appropriate to do something for the NOOK Tablet crowd, since their devices are far more recent, but again, I don't expect it. B&N has recognized the shortcomings of their strategy, and addressed it in their current devices. That's about all you can hope for these days.

                                                       

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                                              DeanGibson

                                              evadderf wrote:
                                              I've also contacted B&N customer support about this travesty.

                                               That's a bit more than "expressing your concern".