A new report says that the e-book reader that Barnes & Noble’s is expected to release later this year will run Google’s Android operating system.
This device will go up against the Kindle, a device with an E-Ink display that gives users wireless access to Amazon.com’s online bookstore.
The Wall Street Journal says that Barnes & Noble’s e-book reader will have a 6-inch E-Ink screen, and like its chief competitor will give users cellular access to its maker’s website. Apparently the system software for handling this will be come from the Android OS.
At this point, it’s not clear how much of the Android functionality will be built into this device. Google has deliberately made it easy for those who base products on this operating system to pick and chose which parts of it they want.
It’s rival, the Kindle, has a basic web browser that is limited to just a few websites, like Wikipedia.
Here for the Holidays?
Although unconfirmed reports say this giant bookseller will have its e-book reader on the market in time for the holidays shopping season, a specific date hasn’t leaked out, and neither has the price.
The FCC has already given its approval to B&N’s upcoming device, but did so without revealing many details about it.
This isn’t Barnes & Noble’s first move in this market: this spring it acquired Fictionwise, a well-established e-book retailer.
It also offers a B&N eReader app for the iPhone and iPod touch.
Source: Wall Street Journal