Android is one of the last operating systems to get a free Kindle Application to port over your existing books or to purchase new ones. Considering that Amazon is planning on going against the success of the iBookstore and ITunes the partnership with Google is only natural. Amazon already has software available for a ton of devices, such as the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Blackberry and others.
In order to use this new application for Android you will have to have at least Android version 1.6 or greater, as well as an SD card. Most new Android driven Smartphones are running recent versions of Google Android such as 2.1 and the new phones in the future will be running 2.2 Android smartphones that are supported according to Amazon are the, Google Nexus one, HTC EVO, HTC My Touch, Motorola Cliq, Motorola Droid and “many more Android phones,” Amazon.com stated in the announcement today.
The Kindle for Android app will allow a user to buy a book from the Kindle Store and have it delivered wirelessly, via Whispersync with the book optimized for the Android device. The software will also automatically synchronize the last page the reader has read from a book, as well as annotations, between devices. If you have an existing Amazon account with purchased books you will be able to port these books over to your Android Device, without having to purchase the book again. However, Amazon said newspapers, magazines and blogs will not be available for Android devices.
Here are some of the technical Specifications of the new Application for Android.
• Buy a book from the Kindle Store optimized for your Android phone and get it auto-delivered wirelessly
• Search and browse more than 500,000 books, including more than 96 of 110 New York Times bestsellers. If you are a non-U.S. customer, book availability may vary
• Find New York Times® Best Sellers and new releases from $9.99
• Get free book samples. Read the beginning of books for free before you decide to buy
• Books you purchase can also be read on a Kindle, computer, or other Kindle-compatible mobile devices
• Kindle newspapers, magazines and blogs are currently not available on Kindle for Android.
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