Barnes & Noble, and its Nook HD line of tablets or e-readers may have built a distinct identity for themselves, but little do many know that the underlying operating system for these devices is a heavily modified Android, tweaked to such a level that most conventional Google software aren't standard issue on the Nook HD and Nook HD+. Nook and its marketplace apps are available on Google Play, letting countless Android smartphone and tablet users access content from Barnes & Noble's marketplace. It's only natural that Google Play, the company's default marketplace for Android, eventually make it to Nook HD and HD+.
Barnes & Noble unveiled Google Play for its devices, letting users buy, subscribe to, or rent content from Google's store, and install the wealth of tablet-optimized Android apps. Google regulars such as Search, Translate, Maps, YouTube, G-Mail, and Google+, will now be available as individual apps for the Nook HD/HD+, and can be installed through Google Play. "By adding Google Play to NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, we are offering our customers even more great entertainment on our award-winning tablets," said William Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble.