Amazon to launch Kindle app for Android phones

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Kindle Android thumb.jpgAmazon have announced that they plan to release a Kindle app for Android phones, which is set to get some cool new features not currently available on the iPhone and iPad versions.

Unlike the Kindle app for Apple’s hardware, the Android version will allow its users to buy books directly from the application itself. Apple versions currently require the user to fire up Safari to grab titles. In-app purchasing is also available on the BlackBerry version, so it seems Apple’s own iBooks store is halting proceedings for the mobile version here.

All the other features of Kindle apps we’ve come to love remain intact, including bookmarks synced across devices, note adding and landscape viewing.

Kindle for Android will work on any handset running version 1.6 and above of Google’s OS. With stiff competition from the iPad and with Google’s own book service on the way, Amazon are making the all the right moves it would seem to protect their market-leading position.

Gerald Lynch

3 comments

  • Well said, such a person should be a good sentence, or the future will be more rampant.

  • I think the more likely reason that the iphone version opens the store via safari rather than in the app is to avoid having to pay Apple their 30% on in app purchases.

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