An upcoming update will bring a web browser, email and update store app to Barnes & Noble’s super affordable Nook Simple Touch line of e-readers, which will begin rolling out June 1 according to a source close to the matter who wishes to remain anonymous. The 1.5.0 update was created in response to the positive critical and customer response to the recent Nook tablet update that brought Google Play to B&N’s Android-powered devices.
Do you think it's true?
According to the rumor, the NR and Nook Glow will get an official web browser which will replace the existing unofficial web browser that shipped on the Nook Touch 2 years ago. The ereaders will also get an email client and a redesigned Nook Store.
I'm still waiting for sources inside B&N to confirm this, but as it stands I don't believe the rumor - even though TC does have a screenshot to back of the story. Sorry, but it would be easy to fake this and send it in:
The reason I disbelieve this rumor is that Nook Media has shown every sign that they no longer wanted to sell ereaders. That is my explanation for adding Google Play, an update which changed the Nook HD from an enhanced ereader into an Android tablet. That is a marked difference from this rumored update which would turn the Nook Touch from an ereader into an ereader plus.
I also think Nook Media passed on using the 6.8" screen, and don't forget that Nook Media's current pricing policy suggests that they are clearing out existing Nook hardware at a loss. In fact, several retail partners no longer carry the Nook Touch or Nook Glow.
If Nook Media is getting rid of Nook ereader hardware then does it really make sense for them to invest time and money in a new firmware update for a soon-to-be dead device? And we're talking about a 2 year old device, at that.
I doubt it. What do you think?