Barnes & Noble may be scaling back its hardware efforts, but the company does still want to sell eBooks and other digital content. While you can access the NOOK eBook library by installing the NOOK app on almost any phone or tablet, one of the best ways to get you to buy media is still by convincing you to buy devices with the NOOK store preloaded.
Long story short, whether B&N builds its own hardware or note, the company has said it plans to continue selling tablets. And new NOOK eReaders have never been in doubt.
Now it looks like we could see new tablets and eReaders as soon as October.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Rumor: New B&N tablet, eReader coming in October
But will they be as cheap as the current NOOK HD+ and NOOK HD? Right now you can pick up a full color tablet with a high-resolution display from B&N for about the price of an E Ink Kindle. [The Digital Reader]
- Online storage service Box launching Box Notes in 2014, a simple online word processor
Box already lets you store all your files online and edit or view many of them. Now the company’s launching its own notes app. I’m not convinced its a Google Docs or Microsoft Office rival, but it does look interesting. [TNW]
- Multi-user support coming to Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablets
Google added support for multiple user account on tablets a while back, but Samsung’s 8 inch and 10 inch Galaxy Tab 3 tablets lack the feature… but not for long. [SamMobile]
- Notion Ink is back… and they’re making emergency/safety apps for Android…
It’s not even a very interesting app. Remember when the company’s Adam tablets were exciting? [Next Big What]
- BlackBerry Messenger for Android pre-release beta leaked
BlackBerry Messenger is coming to Android and iOS soon — and you can download a leaked copy of the Android app now. You just might not be able to use it yet, if you’re not an approved, white-listed beta tester. [CrackBerry]
- Siri is finally set to exit beta with the launch of iOS 7
Apple’s voice assistant has been around for about two years — but it’s still technically in beta… until iOS 7 launches Wednesday. [9to5Mac]