Earlier this week B&N dropped a couple bombshells. Not only did they unveil a couple pretty, powerful, and competitive tablets, they also showed off some impressive new software features including My Nook (a multi-user setup), Nook Video, Nook Catalogs, and more.
Sadly, it doesn't look like any of those new features will be coming to the Nook Tablet, B&N's current enhanced ereader.
A number of readers have asked me this week whether Nook Video would work on the Nook Tablet. (Some even asked about the Nook Color, but after it was revealed on Wednesday that the NC was being discontinued everyone gave up on that one.)
I've been going back and forth with marketing folks this week and they won't give me any info on when or even if the Nook Tablet will be getting an update. I cannot get a date, a vague time frame, nor even an intention to release an update for the Nook Tablet out of B&N, and that is not a good sign.
Barnes & Noble has made their one huge announcement for the fall, and it didn't include any info about upgrades for the Nook Tablet. This is actually an important detail, because last fall everyone was quite open about the fact that the Nook Color would soon be getting a firmware update to give it the same features as the then-new Nook Tablet. And yet this time around B&N won't commit to anything.
While you normally shouldn't read to much into a non-statement, in this case this non-answer speaks volumes.
B&N might be keeping last year's tablet around with a price of $180, but they don't seem to have any interest in supporting it with their new services or in giving it the same features as their newer tablets. For me, that is an excellent reason not to buy it.