While Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet uses its own fork of Android and is powered by its own Amazon app store, the Kobo Vox eReader has just received access to the full, 500,000+ catalogue of apps, music, movies and games that the Googly Play store offers.
Dan Leibu, CTO of Kobo, said in a statement that: “Google Play is the perfect addition for the content-rich eReading environment of the Kobo Vox.
“This is another big step in our ability to give people an open and compelling multimedia device that can be customized to suit their needs. Having access to the thousands of games, apps and tools offered by Google Play makes the Kobo Vox an eReader and so much more.”
As a 7-inch tablet with “FFS+ multimedia touchscreen and dynamic display”, the Kob Vox eReader competes with other 7-inch tablets out there, while coming with its own bookstore, Kobo naturally thinks the Google Play deal is fantastic and “perfect for the multi-tasking consumer who wants to enjoy a best-in-class reading experience as well as send email, check Facebook, or browse their favourite websites”.
Although it should also now be obvious, Kobo is quick to add that the Vox will also “have access to Google Mobile services including: Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps for Android, Google Calendar, Google Contacts and Google Play Movies”, and that “customers in the United States will be able to store up to 20,000 songs for free through Google Play”.
If you’re a current Vox user, we’re informed that “Google Play will be automatically included in the software update the next time they connect to the internet”.
More info at Kobo’s website if you need it!