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Barnes & Noble Announces A New $50 Android Tablet (teleread.org) 41

Next Friday Barnes & Noble will release a $50 Android tablet, competing against Amazon's tablets with a more-open version of Android. Long-time Slashdot reader Robotech_Master writes: The specs are similar to slightly better than the $50 Fire, but the kicker is this tablet will ship with plain-vanilla Marshmallow Android 6.0 and the Google Play utilities -- unlike the Fire, which limits its users to only those apps Amazon deems suitable to offer. Might this be enough to rescue the ailing Nook brand?
If you truly care about your app ecosystem, this would at least save you the trouble of having to root your tablet just to install apps from the Google Play Store.
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Barnes & Noble Announces A New $50 Android Tablet

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  • Can I hack it to put a Linux distro, not android on it?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 19, 2016 @01:48PM (#53322179)

    Almost all android apps now want permissions to access things on your tablet that they have no business or need to access! What this amounts to is that almost all apps want to spy on you, and send your personal info to people who should definitely NOT have it!! In addition, almost all game apps now have ads in the paid versions, and to complete the game you need to make significant in-app purchases. This is just wrong!! After all, you have already paid for the game!!! On top of all of this, the tablet makers all expect you to buy a new tablet every year, so after the tablet is a year old, there are no security updates, even though the tablet still works just fine. All of the above applies to so called "smart" phones too! All of this kind of spying, money grubbing, and planned obsolescence makes it not worthwhile to even own a tablet any more!

    • by B.Stolk ( 132572 )

      I'm extremely proud of setting the right example with this:
      https://twitter.com/BramStolk/status/421750337750327296

      In 2011, this was already a rare feat: two of the top100 apps pulled this off, including mine.

  • Neither TFA nor the product page says how much RAM is in the device, so it's probably 1GB and thus useless.

    Bluetooth is also not listed as a feature on the product page, for want of a $1 chip a sale was lost. I want to use it in my car to do GPS and I need bluetooth to connect GPS to the tablet.

    • by Howitzer86 ( 964585 ) on Saturday November 19, 2016 @02:27PM (#53322347)
      The original Nook Color unofficially had bluetooth. Wifi is provided by the same chip and rooting it enabled this feature (though the range was truly pitiful). You may be able to do the same with the new tablet, but considering your needs, you're better off not buying a tablet from a bookstore company in the first place.
      • You may be able to do the same with the new tablet, but considering your needs, you're better off not buying a tablet from a bookstore company in the first place.

        Well, I like cheap. I want something that I can lose or destroy without being sad about it. I don't plan to actually build it into the car or anything, just find a graceful way to temp mount it on the dash.

        Come to think of it, I want OBD-II via bluetooth also. OBDLink LX supports KKL.

    • Well, according to the FCC filing, at least, it does have Bluetooth:

      https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/eas... [fcc.gov]

      Probably right about that single gig of Ram, though, but I expect that this baby might be just as accurately named the 'Barnes&Noble Cut As Many Costs As We Possibly Could Because Jesus Tap-Dancing Christ We're Really Desperate For Money'.

  • To little to late (Score:4, Informative)

    by wjcofkc ( 964165 ) on Saturday November 19, 2016 @03:40PM (#53322659)
    Amazon tying their well developed services to their tablet makes it a well developed media content device. For example I can search for music and make playlists all I want with my Prime Membership. It's playing in my shop all day. Being far from stock Android is a feature and I like Alexa. Granted, I can see why it would be useless without Prime. We'll see if BN can pull something off. Stock Android is a tight market.
  • I had one of their early colour tablets and it made a good Android tablet once hacked. Their early e-ink devices had potential.

    I seem to recall they lost the plot and were switching to a Microsoft solution? I know they did something that made me lose interest and ignore their new offerings, but I forget the details. Maybe someone here remembers?

    Sounds like they are getting back on the right track.
  • BestBuy sells a Digiland tablet for $50. 7" screen, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, quad core, SD slot, Vanilla Android 6, bluetooth, camera.

    I have a Fire HD 7" 4th gen. I like the Digiland better. The *only* advantage the Fire has is to run Prime Video. The screen might be slightly higher resolution. It doesn't have Google Play so there are many apps I can't get on it.

    I had an earlier tablet (ASUS transformer) with only 1GB. The only way B&N could entice me is more RAM. My phone has 2GB and seems to make

  • This tablet is not better than the Fire, it is worse, for two main reasons:

    One, cost. The Amazon Fire cheap tablet can be found on sale for $35, making it slightly cheaper. There is no word on whether you can get a cover for it with the words "Don't Panic" printed on it. But you probably can.

    Two, Android version. While the Fire is restricted to Amazon's ecosystem, it is quite easy to override all of that with something like CM which makes it into a regular old Android tablet. And it actually runs a L

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