Google Play coming to the Kobo Vox

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Kobo Vox jet black-580-75.jpgThe WH Smiths-exclusive Kobo Vox ereader/Android tablet hybrid has just been made a lot more tempting after receiving Google Play certification by the big G.

That means that all new Kobo Vox devices will come with a suite of Google apps pre-installed, including Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps and Google Calendar. They will now also get access to the Google Play store, opening them up to the whole Android app universe.

Current owners of the Vox will see the update land on their devices over-the-air in the near future too.

Google Play is the perfect addition for the content-rich ereading environment of the Kobo Vox,” said Dan Leibu, chief technology officer at Kobo.

“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.”

A 7-inch tablet/ereader with a colour touchscreen, Wi-Fi connectivity, 8GB of storage and expandable memory, the Vox is looking like a tidy alternative to the still absent Kindle Fire in the UK.

Gerald Lynch