Unsurprisingly, Barnes & Noble is reportedly readying a new Nook, which could be announced as early as this week. As ever, there are plenty of rumours flying about, but there’s one that’s particularly interesting: the new Nook could be set to ditch Android in favour of running Windows 8.
Barnes & Noble hooked up with Microsoft earlier this year for a deal that, so far, has been pretty underwhelming. There have been various rumours about what they’re up to, but little of substance. Now, with Windows 8 set to be fully launched in October, it seems Barnes & Noble are set to use the OS to differentiate the Nook from the plethora of Android-based devices hitting the market.
Advance word on Windows 8 is mixed, with the radically-revamped dual interface system (including the system formally known as Metro) having provoked mixed responses. But there’s no doubt that Microsoft is going to be pushing Windows 8 heavily, and a lot of the problems that people have had with test versions seems to be down to the need to switch from the two different versions. On a device such as the Nook, this might be negated.
If the rumours are correct, the new Nook will be announced any time between now and the end of the month. Windows 8 has an official launch date of October 26th, so perhaps that’s when the new Nooks would start shipping?