Barnes & Noble’s Nook Media subsidiary announced new deals with device manufacturers E Fun and Fuhu to preload its Nook For Android app and Nook App for Kids on their respective lines of tablet devices. Nextbook will offer the Nook for Android app preloaded on its line of five Nextbook tablet devices, while Fuhu will preinstall the Nook App for Kids on their line of three Nabi tablet devices designed for kids and preteens.
E Fun offers a line of five tablet devices (priced $129 to $200) called Nextbooks (2, 7-inch tablets, 2, 8-inch tablets and a 10.1-inch tablet) running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and 4.1 Jelly Bean operating systems. Fuhu is the manufacturer of the Nabi line of three tablet devices, including the Nabi Jr. ($99, 5-inch tablet running Android 4.1) and the Nabi 2 ($179, 7-inch tablet running Android 4.1), both designed for young children, and the Nabi XD ($249, 10.1-inch tablet running Android 4.1) designed for pre-teens. The Nook App for kids will be available on Nabi devices beginning in the fall.
The Nook For Android app will give Nextbook owners full access to all of B&N content, while the Nook App for Kids is COPPA compliant.