The Kobo Vox LCD screen eReader has been given a massive upgrade. The Android device now has access to the Google Play app store, making it much more capable than it was previously.
At launch, the sub-£200 Kobo Vox had to make do with a limited third-party app store, with a pretty limited selection. Kobo had an excuse – it was primarily about the books, and came with the great Kobo ebook store on-board. Now it can do a lot more without much fiddling needed.
Google Play will now come on any new Kobo Vox eReaders – save those that have been cluttering WH Smith shelves for months, we imagine – and current owners can upgrade too. The store will be added in a software update, available online.
Along with Google Play, the Kobo Vox will also get a bundle of Google apps, such as Mail and Maps. However, we’re not quite sure how some of the newly-available app store’s games will play – the Kobo Vox uses a fairly low-powered 800MHz processor.
We gave the Kobo Vox a bit of a slating at review, and while this upgrade certainly doesn’t make it a must-have gadget, it does open up what it can do significantly. Getting Google’s official app store and apps requires an involved and expensive certification process, which is why so many budget Android tablets lack these core features.