Barnes & Noble has released a Nook version of Galaxy Tab 4 in partnership with Samsung. Since B&N has no plans of manufacturing tablets, Samsung is chosen as the lead manufacturer for the company’s reading tablet. It has a default homescreen that shows a widget featuring the outlet’s popular and recommended titles. The company’s online store also replaces Samsung Hub and Play Store.
Expectedly, Samsung retains some of the features known to Galaxy tablets such as multi-tasking and multi-window mode. As Samsung puts it, this device is basically an Android tablet made for reading and browsing book titles from Barnes & Noble. The device is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 8GB internal storage (expandable up to 32GB with microSD), 7-inch touchscreen display with 1280 x 800 resolution, 3MP rear and 1.3MP front-facing cameras and is running a customized version of Android 4.4 (Kitkat).
The Nook software allows for Article View in terms of magazines, content discovery and downloading. The price tag of the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is set at $179 and it comes with free magazines, books and TV shows. Barnes & Noble has been struggling to increase sales in order to generate cash and continue with the business amidst the stiff competition prevailing in the book industry. The tablet is expected to help in that endeavor.