Barnes & Noble updates Nook Color with multi-media features

Barnes & Noble updates Nook Color with multi-media features
B&N is showing some love to their year-old Nook Color, getting video from Netflix, Flixster, and Hulu Plus. Nook Color users can now listen to streaming music from Pandora and Rhapsody after the update as well. This update should make the $199 Nook Color a more attractive offering, allowing it to compete more directly against Amazon’s Kindle Fire in terms of content delivery.

The Nook Color, with its single-core 800MHz TI processor and 512 MB of RAM was originally shipped as a color E-reader, but now seems to be positioned as a value proposition. The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is intended to be the “high-end” offering, and comes packing a dual-core CPU and 1 GB of Ram. The Nook Tablet is available for $249, which probably allows Barnes & Noble to avoid selling it for a loss, as Amazon does with their $199 dual-core Kindle Fire.

If you aren’t tied to either retailers ecosystem, the Kindle Fire is still the best deal in terms of what hardware you get for the price, but with this update Barnes & Noble is making a strong case that they will be supporting these products long after the initial marketing luster has worn off. Amazon may show long-term support too, but they simply haven't been in the tablet game long enough to have a track-record, although we reported earlier today that Amazon is prepping a large patch for the Fire that’s expected in the next couple of weeks.

Source: Barnes & Noble via Engadget

Related phones

NOOK Tablet
  • Display 7.0" 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Processor TI OMAP4, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC



1. kemjus

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Nook Tablet is much better then Kindle Fire in my opinion... IPS screen, expandable Memory, longer battery life, double the amount of internal memory, smoother navigation (apparently though Fire just got an update to fix that), and more appealing user interface (given that is just my opinion).

2. kemjus

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

And the nook tablet has physical volume buttons... So when you are running games that didn't build in volume controls you can still adjust the volume.

3. Treavie

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 03, 2009

Guys, like your comments, but the article is about the update to the nook color and not the tablet. Personally, I am very excited, as I have been waiting for this update for ages. Love the Nook color and this should make it even better. Yes, had the nook table been available at the time, I would have purchased it rather then the nook color, due to the better processor, but this is still a great ereader with a lot of functionally and even more so after this update.

4. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

got it this morning on my mom's Nook Color. it's gotten Netflix but not Hulu Plus. o:

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.