Canadian-born Kobo has announced that its Kobo Vox ereader-tablet hybrid now gives customers access to more than 500,000 apps as part of its support for Google Play— a notable feature that Amazon's Kindle Fire and B&N's Nook Tablet, notably, don't have.
“Google Play is the perfect addition for the content-rich eReading environment of the Kobo Vox,” said Dan Leibu, Chief Technology Officer, Kobo. “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.”
Google Play is a new digital content experience from Google offering one place to find, enjoy and share movies, games and apps. Ideally suited for the Kobo Vox, apps and games like the Google Play Movies app and Cut the Rope come to life on the vivid colour 7” FFS+ multimedia touchscreen with its dynamic display features. The Kobo Vox is 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. In addition to Google Play, Kobo Vox customers will have access to Google Mobile™ services including: Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps for Android, Google Calendar, Google Contacts and Google Play Movies, and customers in the United States will be able to store up to 20,000 songs for free through Google Play.
For current Vox users, Kobo says Google Play will be automatically included in the software update the next time they connect to the internet.