The Kindle Android application available for free in the Google Android Market now has some exciting new features available, such as voice search, support for highlights and annotations and integrated social networking with the Shelfari book-centric social networking site.
The Kindle Android application is one of the newer Kindle Apps available on any device, and some of its new features in this update make it a MUST download.
First of all, let’s talk about the new support for the Shelfari Book-Centric Website. Not only can you now get extended character biographies and plot summaries, but you can chat in real time with other people who are reading the book or have recently read the book to get their take on it.
One of the newer features that we find in this application vs. the other kindle Apps is Highlights and editing on the fly. You can now add notes and highlights to books and have them automatically synchronized between devices. This means that if you are on page 110 on your Android App, and you want to pick up your Kindle, you can pick up where you left off!
Other new features include the Wikipedia Lookup, which lets you look up words and phrases by selecting text. Lastly, the other new feature is an orientation lock, which means you can lock the device to either landscape or horizontal mode so you do not accidently mess up your layout as you read, and shift positions.
You can download the update from the Android Market if you have an existing copy on your device, such as Smart Phone or Tablet PC, or you can download the most up to date version if you are trying it for the first time. In my opinion, this new update is amazing if you are using an Android device in conjunction with your Kindle.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve 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. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.