Nook Color, Nook Tablet get native map apps

Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color and Nook Tablet are about to get on the map, PaidContent reports. Or at least the map’s going to get on them. B&N has partnered with geolocation service skobbler to add wi-fi-based map positioning to its tablet devices via free and premium map apps—beating Amazon to the punch. Of course, since the Nooks don’t have built-in GPS, their positioning will probably be about as accurate as my wifi iPod Touch or iPad’s built-in maps—but that’s often close enough for general purposes.

Amazon’s Kindle Fire doesn’t have a map app of its own yet, though Amazon recently acquired mapping startup UpNext. So, in terms of improvements to the Kindle, that one’s probably “up next”.

About Chris Meadows (4158 Articles)
TeleRead Editor Chris Meadows has been writing for us--except for a brief interruption--since 2006. Son of two librarians, he has worked on a third-party help line for Best Buy and holds degrees in computer science and communications. He clearly personifies TeleRead's motto: "For geeks who love books--and book-lovers who love gadgets." Chris lives in Indianapolis and is active in the gamer community.

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