There’s some very interesting news from the Nook Developer forum.
- B&N is going to send out a 1.2 OS update for Nook Color in Q1, 2011, with Flash/AIR support and email.
- Additionally, there will be apps from 25+ leading application developers and publishers. More details at this thread.
- On another thread B&N mentions that the Nook App Store will launch in Q1 of 2011. It is still working on integrating the app platform into the OS, and on enabling a ‘Developer Mode’ so that developers can test Nook Apps on the Nook Color.
That’s faster progress than you’d imagine.
Where is the Kindle App Store at?
Kindle App Store has 4 free Kindle Apps, and 27 or so paid Kindle Apps.
Assuming it adds 25 paid apps in January 2011, 40 paid apps in February 2011, and 50 paid apps in March 2011, it might end up at 142 paid apps by the end of Q1, 2011.
That would mean that the Nook App Store would have to deliver 50 to 100 apps by the end of Q1, 2011 to offer a compelling alternative.
Kindle App Store vs Nook App Store
Kindle has the clear lead. However, it should be worrying to Amazon that B&N has 25+ launch partners, and that developers can so easily port over Android Apps.
From how B&N is describing the porting process, it seems like a 1-week thing. That opens up the possibility that thousands of Android apps get ported over to the B&N Nook App Store. At that point, there’s no way Kindle App Store could compete on quantity of apps.
It would probably have to go with a ‘we have quality apps, and we have killer apps’ approach.