Barnes & Noble’s e-reader, the Nook Simple Touch, will reportedly be getting a software update in June that will bring a web browser and an email client to it, according to an anonymous source cited by TechCrunch.
The new update is apparently a result of the positive reception given to the Nook HD and Nook HD+ getting updates to bring Google Play to them at long last.
Although that, along with the reported new web browser and email client in the Nook Simple Touch, were available to any modders who went on to root their Nook devices from the outset, Barnes & Noble has taken a long time in finally giving its e-reader the kind of features that it could have all thanks to the Android powering it.
The Nook Simple Touch and Simple Touch with Glowlight e-readers will be receiving OTA updates starting next month for these new features, which could effectively make the $79 e-reader a really cheap Android device.
While an e-reader isn’t necessarily an ideal option for heavy web browsing, the fact that the new software update will make the Nook Simple Touch a very inexpensive Android tablet of sorts is bound to be an attractive proposition for existing and new customers alike.
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