One of the biggest grouses with the dual screened YotaPhone was its lack of support for popular ebook reading apps. This can be considered a criminal waste considering the secondary e-ink display the smartphone incorporates which otherwise would have made for an excellent ebook reading device while on the go if not the primary device to read ebooks. However, things have improved a bit now that the company has begun offering FBReader, a free ebook reading app that allows better choice of reading material to make the most of the e-ink panel, if not the best.
What is even better news is that YotaPhone has started negotiations with Amazon, the big daddy of ebooks and the related paraphernalia to have the same add some grace to the e-ink display. Currently, popular ebook reading apps such as Kobo, B&N or Amazon can be downloaded but they won’t work with the e-ink panel due to lack of adequate software support. However, while it’s not yet known when Amazon could be seen making its debut on the YotaPhone, it is the FBReader that can keep us engaged. The free ebook reading app is compatible with several ebook formats such as rtf, html, palmdoc and so on.
However, while the above developments can add some respectability to the device, it otherwise needs a bump in its specs to emerge as a serious challenger to the mainstream smartphone devices rather than remaining confined as a niche product.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email