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Amazon To Bring Kindle App For Android

Online retailer Amazon may be looking to move from its proprietary Kindle platform to a more open architecture after it announced that it will be launching a free Kindle app for Android.

The app will allow customers to buy, download and read eBooks on their Android devices without the need to get a Kindle. Obviously, this means that forthcoming Android based tablets will be converted to e-readers within seconds.

Amazon says that more than 500,000 kindle books will be available; the app will offer Whispersync technology. This feature will allow a reader to synchronise bookmarks, notes, highlights as well as your last page read.

Amazon did not say when the app will be available other than a vague "soon". However users can register their interest (opens in new tab) and will need to have an external storage plus an Android OS 1.6 device.

An app for the iPhone is already available but the Android version will allow consumers to download ebooks from the app itself. The Android version also offers Amazon with a much easier platform to use and maintain.

Using Android may significantly reduce the cost of developing and building the Kindle which is facing the growing threat of the Apple iPad and other tablet clones.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.