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Barnes & Noble's Nook ebook reader runs Google's Android

launched at the Kindle 2 pricepoint
By Steve Dougherty from Oct 22, 2009 @ 6:51 CDT

Potential 'Kindle killer' ebook reader "Nook" from Barnes & Noble has just launched and it turns out its using Google's Android OS.




This is a significant win for Google in its efforts to push Android beyond the smartphone space, and is certain to focus broader attention on the open-source OS.


We don't have any more information on how B&N have customised Android, but we're certain some details will bubble up to the surface in the coming days.


The unit carries the same $259 price tag as the Kindle 2, but also sports WiFi and a MicroSD memory card slot for a further boost to the 2GB of flash as standard.




Here's also a pretty nice feature sure to get a big thumbs up from many :-


The Nook also allows ebooks to be 'lent' to friends for 14 days at no cost. Barnes & Noble says that an ebook purchased for the Nook can be sent for free to a friend's Nook or other devices supporting the Nook reader software - including the iPhone, iPod Touch and some BlackBerry devices.



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