For the new wave of touch screen operating systems, a Kindle app is a status symbol. iPad? There’s a Kindle app for that. Android phones? Ditto. Blackberry Playbook? Sorry, no. WebOS? Nuh uh.
Now, you can add Android 3.0 Honeycomb to the list of platforms deemed worthy by Amazon’s app makers. The latest update to Kindle for Android optimizes the app for tablets, such as Motorola’s Xoom and the upcoming Asus Eee Pad Transformer. The app includes a new layout for newspapers and magazines, a big-screen book store and other little enhancements.
Android phone users are getting some love in this update as well, with a built-in dictionary, full color images in newspapers and magazines and the ability to pause and resume downloads at any time. The biggest addition for both phones and tablets is an integrated book store, allowing users to shop for e-books directly within the app.
Kindle for Android is free, of course, on the assumption that you’ll eventually buy some books.