Barnes and Noble has announced by April 2013 that the company will introduce a new in-app payment system for Android apps housed in its app store. The company plans on introducing new developer tools that will allow customers to purchase in-app currency, boosts, and anything else that tickles their fancy. B&N only has 10,000 apps currently in its ecosystem, which is blown away by our very own Good e-Reader App Store with over 16,000.
When Barnes and Noble introduces the new in-app payment system in April, customers will simply attach a credit card to their main account and will automatically reap the benefits with purchasing content within the app. There is no need to always enter your user details and password, you merely click PAY.
Barnes and Noble should attract more developers with this new system, that could see their locked down ecosystem as a viable way to earn some extra money. Currently, users are unable to install their own apps, as B&N has disabled the ability to sideload in your own games. If you decide to buy a Nook Android device, this is important to note.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.