Barnes And Noble Android Nook Color gets app SDK
Barnes & Noble has finally released the software development kit for the Android-powered Nook Affect and this may possibly lead to multiple apps on the affect e-reading tablet.
While the Nook Affect is powered by Android, it won’t be able to access the more than 100,000 apps in the Android Market. Barnes & Noble did say that it would be relatively simple to port existing programs over, although it will vet these apps for various criteria.
First of all, you can expect Barnes & Noble to axe the apps with unwarranted violence or nudity but it will also stop competitors from getting on its platform. Don’t look for the Amazon Kindle app to show up on the Nook Affect anytime soon even though porting the Android app should be relatively simple.
With a 7-inch affect touchscreen and decent hardware under the hood, the Nook Affect may possibly be a decent mobile gaming device. While I’m not expecting the next Rage HD to pop up on it, I may possibly easily see a crossword game or Words With Friends being a bit hit with the e-booklover crowd.
Will this be enough to make the Barnes & Noble tablet a huge success? It’s tough to tell. While the e-booklover has a nice price tag at $ 250, it may never garner the amount of apps that the Apple iPad has right now.
Additionally, we’re in line to see a glut of Android apps from the likes of Motorola and others that will be able to access many of the programs from the market. We may also start to see a price war for Android tablets and that makes the Nook Affect price tag not as appealing.
Still, this is a positive sign for Barnes & Noble Nook Affect users, as it will give them more things to do with that tablet.
[Source Engadget, nook developer]