Samsung-made Nook tablets are a holiday flop

It appears that there were not many Nooks under Christmas trees this year. Barnes & Noble’s beleaguered line of Nook tablets and e-readers had a terrible fourth quarter. On Thursday, the company announced that Nook revenue was down 55 percent from the year-ago period.

Nook revenue doesn’t just include Nook hardware — it also includes digital content and accessories. Device and accessory sales were down a whopping 68 percent from last year to $56 million in the most recent quarter. Sales of ebooks and digital audiobooks (only) dropped 25 percent to $27.4 million.


In 2014, [company]Barnes & Noble[/company] changed its Nook hardware strategy. Previously, Nooks were unique Android-based tablets that were specifically designed for Barnes & Noble. But the Nook launched last year was merely a re-branded and slightly skinned version of one of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablets, which allow users to install the Kindle app as well as other apps for purchasing ebooks from the Google Play app store.

Although the company didn’t break out sales for specific Nook products, it appears the new [company]Samsung[/company] Nook was powerfully unpopular this holiday season. However, it’s possible that Android tablets in general had disappointing sales in the past quarter.

It’s also possible that the Samsung Nooks met expectations but other Nook hardware flopped. Barnes & Noble sells a e-ink reader, the Nook Glowlight, which didn’t see an update in 2014 even as Amazon’s line of e-ink Kindles received price cuts and upgrades and a new high-end model.

In December, Barnes & Noble bought out Microsoft’s stake in Nook Media.

The Samsung Galaxy W is a 7-inch Korean smartphone

samsung_glw_01Samsung’s mid-range Galaxy Tab line might not have the ability to make voice calls in the United States, but since 2011, overseas markets have had the option to add cellular connectivity. So the company’s new seven-inch phone announced on Monday, the Galaxy W, isn’t a new product, but rather a new moniker. Like the Galaxy Tab, it doesn’t pack flagship specifications: a 720p display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and Android(s goog) 4.3 with no guarantee of timely updates. It’ll cost nearly 500,000 won in Korea, which works out to just under $500. No word about when if it’ll ever come to the United States, so if you want a phone-tablet hybrid, your best bet is probably the currently available Samsung Galaxy Mega.