Our sister site Gadgetell reports on a rumor that Barnes & Noble is finally going to remedy one of the more disappointing omissions from the Nook at launch: firmware 1.4, which could be out as soon as next week, will reportedly include a web browser application.
Of course, as with the Kindle’s, it will probably not be the greatest browser in the world. But on the other hand, most Nook users will not want to do much more than check their mail or look something up in Wikipedia anyway. Basic browser functionality will at least give it the same information-anywhere cachet Randall Monroe observed in the Kindle.
Also in the offing is a $199 wifi-only Nook that could be out by the end of spring. While it is good that B&N is looking at leaving off the 3G as a way to get their prices down, I can’t help thinking they’re not thinking quite low enough. Kobo has a pretty good deal at its $150 price point, but when e-readers hit $99 or less is when they’ll really take off.
And finally, the last new Nook development is simply a name: “Project Encore”. It will reportedly be ready by the end of the year, though there is no indication of what its feature set will be.