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Barnes & Nobel to launch new Nook ereader called the Tablet 7

According to reports, this new mobile device may be released with Google Play support.

The Nook ereader hasn’t been receiving very much attention over the last while. However, Barnes & Noble is hoping to change that with the next version of this device. Reportedly, it will be doing this by adding a long list of additional features and capabilities.

The Nook Tablet 7 was spotted as a part of an FCC listing, revealing the company hasn’t abandoned the device.

The Nook ereader hasn’t been made directly by Barnes & Noble for some time now. The tablet device is manufactured by other companies. That said, the FCC listing indicated that this could be changing and the company may be having another go at it through the Tablet 7.

Nook ereader - ereader device on top of books The FCC list document provided some interesting information about what the Nook Tablet 7 may have to offer. A number of the mobile device specs were revealed including both hardware and software features.

The Nook ereader will be a considerably more powerful tablet with a spectrum of new features.

If the FCC documents represent the Nook Tablet 7 to be released by Barnes & Noble, its specs are very different from previous models. This includes a 3,000 mAh battery, front and rear cameras, Bluetooth 4.0, MediaTek MT8163 quad core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, micro USB and microSD card support and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

That said, what has mobile device lovers raising their brows is that it will run on Android. The Nook Tablet 7 will also have Google Play Store support, which previous models did not.

Earlier in 2016, Barnes & Noble closed the digital doors on its Nook App Store. For this reason, equipping its next ereader tablet with the ability to support Android’s apps could be appealing to device users. This capability will be combined with the conventional Nook software for purchasing and downloading ebooks and other digital publications and content.

What the FCC document didn’t mention is when the next Nook ereader will be launched. That said, many in the industry predict that it is meant to be a rival to the $50 Amazon Fire tablet. If so, it will become available in time for the holiday season.

Mobile commerce website “rules” may not be necessary for success

Barnes & Noble’s smartphone friendly site does everything wrong but has managed to get it right.

Even though Barnes & Noble has done virtually everything wrong when it comes to the typically accepted guidelines for ensuring success in mobile commerce, the smartphone friendly site still seems to be bringing in a comfortably high success rate.

The m-commerce website has a heavy page weight, it loads slowly, and it contains far too many page elements.

The mobile commerce site for the number 41 company in the Internet Retailer Mobile 500 essentially breaks all of the rules when it comes to the recommendations that have been made by Keynote, a highly respected firm in this area. And yet, despite its failing to use the best practices for its overall page construction and for its performance, it is doing quite well. According to Keynote’s Matthew Agnoli, “The Barnes & Noble mobile home page is more than twice as slow as any of the other top five sites, as well as more than double the amount of content and is much larger in size.”

Still, the site still ranked as number 5 on the Keynote Mobile Commerce Performance Index.

Mobile Commerce - RulesThis was for the week that ended on July 13. According to Agnoli, the one strong point of the m-commerce site that raised it above many others was that it held to a tremendous success rate, which was 99.35 percent. For that week, the average success rate for all of the sites on the index had been 97.96 percent, so clearly Barnes & Noble’s website performed notably better.

That said, success rate enough may not be adequate for the site to be able to hold its position among the top 5 on the list. If other sites manage to bring their own success rates higher, then Barnes & Noble could find its rank plummeting rather quickly. Agnoli pointed out that “A site needs to be both reliable and fast to ensure high customer satisfaction and to keep customers returning.”

Agnoli recommended that the Barnes & Noble mobile commerce site make a number of changes in order to improve the site’s performance and speed it up, to make it much more appealing to consumers.