24. September 2010

New Kindle for Android version

As Amazon’s press release headlines the new Kindle for Android update makes Kindle for Android “even better”.

The new features are:

. search the full text of Kindle books by voice or text,
. seamlessly look up words and phrases in Wikipedia,
. lock screen orientation in portrait or landscape mode,
. and view details about a book on Shelfari, the books-focused
. social networking site — “all without leaving the app.”

Kindle for Android is allegedly the only reading app for Android devices that allows readers to add notes and highlights to e-books, and have them automatically synchronized between different devices.

The update is sent automatically to Customers who have already downloaded and installed the app on their device.
You can learn more about Kindle for Android at Amazon and download the app from Android Market.

Besides the Amazon press release announces that the Amazon Kindle book catalogue has now more than 700,000 books. Amazon claims it is the “largest selection of the most popular books that people want to read”.

You can search within the book by typing a search phrase or by speaking a word or phrase. That is really a new feature. Since the Kindle 3 has got i microphone, one might ask if this feature will come to the Kindle 3 too? On the other hand I would not talk to the device, especially not in public areas, sounds a bit silly to me. I would still prefer a keyboard.

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