Kobo Vox now has access to Google Play Store

Daniel Bader

June 14, 2012 4:15pm

We weren’t too happy with the Kobo Vox when it debuted last year, but since then it has received some pretty significant software upgrades.

Today’s, however, may be the best of the bunch: instead of downloading apps through a proprietary third-party service users can now access the official Google Play store. We’re not sure what took the device so long to get certified — maybe they were atempting to avoid Google altogether in its custom version of Android — but it’s great that they’ve finally seen the light. Access to Google Play also provides native Android apps such as Gmail, YouTube, Maps and more.

Kobo’s CTO is pretty happy with the decision: “Google Play is the perfect addition for the content-rich eReading environment of the Kobo Vox. 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.”

The Kobo Vox is available for $169.99 from retailers such as Indigo, Future Shop and Best Buy.

Source: Kobo
Via: The Verge

  • Jay

    Google Play is a nice addition. It will be nice to get apps from one source instead of going to several sites for them.

    • Mighty Thor

      Who would waste their money on this garbage?

  • Tom

    Great news. I remember your review of the Vox – that was quite the thrashing you gave it! Is it worth buying now?

  • Matt

    Nice. I just wish the Vox was a bit cheaper. As it stands there are much cheaper Android tablets with better hardware. All one needs to do is download the Kobo app and essentially you have the same thing only better.

  • Ryan

    This makes it a little more tempting, but knowing that there is a $200 Nexus tablet coming soon, if I decide I want an Android I’d probably go for that over this still.

  • hoo dat

    A tablet does not a good e-reader make; back lit screens are useless for long term reading and have been shown to actually interfere with sleep patterns.

    I don’t know whether the Vox is a good tablet or not but if you’re going to buy an e-reader then buy an e-reader.