We already knew Amazon was working on a version of its Kindle eBook reader for Google Android. Now we know when it will be released… roughly. Amazon has announced that the Kindle App for Android is due out this summer — and it will have one major feature that’s missing from the iPhone and iPad versions. You’ll be able to purchase eBooks from within the Kindle app.
While the Amazon Kindle app for the iPhone lets you browse Amazon’s collection of digital books, when you actually want to purchase one, you’re taken to the Amazon web site in your web browser. The Kindle Store for Android will offer a much more seamless experience. Want to buy a new book and read it? Just fire up one app, find the book you’re looking for, purchase and download it, and start reading right away.
The Kindle app for Android will let you synchronize your last page read and annotations with other Kindle devices. So if you’re reading the same book on a Kindle eBook reader, an iPod touch, a PC with Amazon’s Kindle software, or your Android phone, you’ll be able to pick up where you left off — which is a pretty useful feature.
Amazon says you’ll be able to read in portrait or landscape mode, and turn pages by flicking your finger or tapping on the side of the screen. You’ll also be able to create bookmarks, adjust text size, and tweak other settings.
The Kindle app will be free, although many of the books will cost money to download.
The app will require a device with Android 1.6 or later.