Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

Barnes & Noble is partnering with Samsung to continue the Nook series of tablets. It's more of a co-branding than anything, as the first product will be the "Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook", based off the 7-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 4.

The hardware here is going to be the same as the Galaxy Tab 4, though the tablet will be customized with Barnes & Noble's Nook software. Barnes & Noble says the software and tablet combination will be "designed for ready, with easy access to Barnes & Noble's expansive digital collection of more than three million books, leading magazines, and newspapers."

The 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is expected in early August, and will co-exist with Barnes & Noble's traditional eReader line-up at the book retailer's physical and online stores. Pricing hasn't yet been revealed, though we would expect it to be right around the $200 price tag of the standard Galaxy Tab 4.

The Nook business has been painful as of late for Barnes & Noble, with plummeting revenues and bleeding customers. The tablets have always been impressive for what they are, but this partnership with Samsung — first teased back in February — will bring some name brand recognition to the struggling Nook line, not to mention the manufacturing power of Samsung. With the only real changes here being on the software level, and if we had to guess limited to merely a Barnes & Noble home screen experience and pre-installed apps, who might be interested in a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook?

Press release:

Samsung and Barnes & Noble Announce Partnership to Create Co-Branded Tablets

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK Combines Leading Samsung Tablet Technology with the Award-Winning NOOK® Reading Experience Samsung and Barnes & Noble Announce Partnership to Create Co-Branded Tablets; Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK. New Tablet combines leading Samsung tablet technology with Award-winning NOOK reading technology. Samsung and Barnes & Noble Announce Partnership to Create Co-Branded Tablets; Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK. New Tablet combines leading Samsung tablet technology with award-winning NOOK reading technology.

New York, NY & Ridgefield Park, NJ – June 5, 2014 – Samsung Electronics America and NOOK Media, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), today announced a partnership to develop co-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK tablets that feature the award-winning Barnes & Noble digital reading experience.

The co-branded devices will combine popular Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 hardware with customized NOOK software to give customers powerful, full-featured tablets that are designed for reading, with easy access to Barnes & Noble's expansive digital collection of more than three million books, leading magazines and newspapers.

The companies are expected to introduce Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK in a 7-inch version in the U.S. in early August. The co-branded tablets will be prominently displayed along with NOOK eReaders and sold at Barnes & Noble's nearly 700 bookstores across the U.S. and online at bn.com, one of the leading e-commerce sites.

"We are very excited and proud to partner with Samsung, a world-class technology and tablet leader, to create customized co-branded devices featuring our valuable NOOK reading experience and digital content catalog for Barnes & Noble customers nationwide," said Michael P. Huseby, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc. "Standing behind these great new devices will be the power of our 40,000 Barnes & Noble booksellers combined with our deep bookselling and retail expertise to provide sales support and personalized in-store customer service for our lineup of new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK products. Partnering with Samsung brings our customers great new products and evidences our commitment to our NOOK customers and growing our digital content business."

Mr. Huseby noted that the Company will continue to offer its NOOK GlowLight™ and continue to provide customer support for its millions of customers. He added that the partnership is a major milestone in Barnes & Noble's efforts to rationalize the NOOK business. Working with Samsung on co-branded tablets will allow the Company to reduce its exposure to the substantial cost structure and other financial commitments that accompany ownership of the hardware production aspects of the NOOK tablet business. Going forward, the Company will be able to focus on its proven expertise in acquiring and delivering the best digital reading experience to grow NOOK content sales.

"Samsung has had a strong relationship with Barnes & Noble, offering the company's award-winning reading experience to users of Galaxy Tab products," said Tim Baxter, President of Samsung Electronics America. "Samsung is dedicated to providing consumers with choices that best fit their lifestyle. So, we are excited to be taking this next step with Barnes & Noble to offer Galaxy Tab 4 devices that are tailored to the needs of their customers and enhance the NOOK reading experience."

Source: Barnes & Noble

 
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yodatom10 says:

Best part of this.... Microsoft owns yet another android device

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gaijin82 says:

?

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aitt says:

License.

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yodatom10 says:

Microsoft owns part of Nook :)

hmmm says:

I think even without Nook MS is making licence fees on all Android handsets for various patents. In their Xbox/Bing/Smartphone division Android is included and makes most of the money for that division.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCI...

patstar5 says:

I love my nook hd+, it is the perfect screen size. I have it rooted and running cyanogenmod 11. Well I guess no more 9.x inch tablet from barnes and noble. .. I just really love that screen size.

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M Stuart says:

The Nook HD+ has both the perfect screen size and 3:2 aspect ratio. The commonly used 16:10 widescreen sucks horribly for ebook, magazines and PDF reading, which was what the Nook HD+ was all about.

tonybyatt says:

Thought that was the Note 4 at first...

JFMobile says:

I wish!

c0ldburn3r says:

Wonder if this will force BN to stay up to date with the os. Either way, I want it.

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Deke218 says:

A Nook was my first "tablet". After realizing how locked it was into the B&N ecosystem I had to root the thing. Now I just use the Nook app and get a much better user experience on my Galaxy Note 10.1 2014. I think Barnes and Noble should do away with the whole Nook tablet idea and focus on the app. They were late to the party and got overtaken by Amazon. There is no catching up now.

318sugarhill says:

I agree. Rooted Nook color was my first "tablet" They will never catch up....so just focus on the app and ALL TABLETS can make them revenue. Seems so simple. If your app beats amazon...you don't have to focus on a device......they are already out there! Amazon takes a loss on Hardware just to make money on software.

ajpri says:

So B&N outsourced the nook to Samsung?

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JeffPom says:

What the?

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bergeronjc says:

Definitely buying that.

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jcastag says:

Jesus Christmas they need to add the Galaxy name to everything

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318sugarhill says:

The Galaxy name is their standard for "using android" as you will see in the future, the more they use Tizen, the less you will see the Galaxy name. Example....Galaxy Gear vs Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Neo. See how the second 2 do not use android, therefore no Galaxy name. Apple uses i everything. What's the difference?

zhecht says:

Will this still be able to get Google Play apps, or will you be limited to the Nook store? If you are limited, why not buy a Galaxy Tab 4 and install the Nook software to get the best of both worlds?

mammlouk says:

The biggest problem? The Nook for Android app does not support Nook Kids books! The iPad has a separate "Nook Kids for iPad" app, but android gets no support at all. This is actually the only reason that the Nook HD+ I bought my kids last year is still not running Cyanogen or some other KitKat based ROM. I would really prefer the per profile app data separation offered by stock Android over B&N's profile implementation which bleeds data across on all accessible apps.

Mac58 says:

I hate to say it, but Samsung is making all the right moves. Though with their strategy of throw everything at the wall and see if it sticks, they also make wrong moves, but this is definitely a win for them, and for android, as now you get the nook market users into the android ecosystem.

hmmm says:

Can you not access B&N on other android tablets? Seems like they would be better off opening it up to any device. I thought they didn't make much on the hardware side of things? I had an Amazon tablet once and hated being locked into a specific ecosystem.

318sugarhill says:

Exactly. They can incorporate the whole homescreen interface into the app. Build a better app, and there is no need to make any hardware. Just licence out your app to be preinstalled!

deeb215 says:

Another win for Samsung. I see more Nook devices in the wild than any other tablet device.

deeb215 says:

Then again, I'm not too sure those type of people seem to prefer the e-ink displays. We'll see...

TomW093 says:

Where is this magical land that you see more Nooks than tablets?

deeb215 says:

Philadelphia public transportation. No sorcery involved.

deeb215 says:

Sorry, I surveyed again today and turns out those are mostly Kindle e-readers not Nook. Easy mistake...

Wobblin30 says:

The Nook UI is in need of a refresh, hopefully Samsung will keep it light.

jmartinbsu says:

I have a HTC ONE NOOK
a Nexus 7 NOOK
a Nexus 5 NOOK
GS4 NOOK...

Seriously, B&N just needs to drive their app. Everything's a nook then.

TheDu9du says:

Yeah, seems like the only difference is that B&N will finally place a decent device on its shelf.
If the price isn't low like previous Nooks then this would make sense somewhat.

izzy67 says:

Great idea by B&N and Samsung

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