Barnes and Noble's Nook comes to Android

July 23, 2010: 12:43 AM ET

The Android-powered Nook now comes as an application on other Android devices.

Joining Kindle on Android, the Nook app looks to expand Barnes and Nobles' reach to millions more devices.  Strange because the Nook device is Android powered itself – except that you can't install apps on it.

I noticed when reviewing the Samsung Galaxy S phones from T-Mobile (Vibrant)  and AT&T (Captivate) that reading was so much easier on the Super AMOLED screens than traditional LCDs.  In my opinion, reading on these devices is almost as easy as eInk.

Screens like that of the monster EVO from Sprint and Droid X from Motorola should also make reading easier for people who who want to read on their smartphone.

Along with a host of other android tablet makers, Samsung is also expected to release its Galaxy tablet in the coming months.  Without a competing native application like the iPads' iBooks, the Android platform will be more open for eReaders like th Kindle and Nook apps...unless Google decides to do Books, itself.  Something that doesn't seem far fetched.

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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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