Kindle Fire early adopters to have access to thousands of apps

By on November 9, 2011, 2:00 PM

Amazon has announced that their upcoming Kindle Fire tablet will launch with several thousand apps available for download in addition to Amazon’s own feature programs. All apps are Amazon-tested on Kindle Fire and will be available exclusively though the Amazon Appstore.

Amazon started talking with app developers the same day they introduced the Kindle Fire and they claim the response has been overwhelming. All of the industry-leading social and music networks will be available – Facebook, Twitter, Pandora and Rhapsody, just to name a few.

Netflix has also developed an app for Kindle Fire that will allow subscribers to log in and watch television shows and movies anywhere with Wi-Fi access. The Weather Channel is another featured app available to Fire users.

Casual gamers have plenty to look forward to as well. EA, Zynga, Gameloft and PopCap Games were highlighted in the press release, each looking forward to porting hit titles to the Kindle Fire. Some of the mentioned titles include Words With Friends, Plants vs. Zombies and Jenga, among others.

App pricing hasn’t been specified yet but we suspect apps will be priced the same as they are in the Android Market. It’s worth mentioning that once you purchase an app through the Amazon Appstore, it becomes available on your other Android-based devices as well.

Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire is slated to ship on November 15 and features a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 IPS display, a dual-core ARM processor, 8GB of storage, a USB 2.0 port and runs a custom version of Android Gingerbread. Battery life is good for up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback with wireless disabled. Buyers will also be rewarded with a complementary 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, a service that normally runs $79 per year.




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Colonel Lance said:

Sweet! This makes me more excited for the Kindle Fire. It'll be interesting to see just what exactly it will come with and how well it fares.

Side note: for the title of this news post I think you meant "Adopters" instead of "Adopers"

Guest said:

And here we go again! Another industry-wide rush to develop more of the SAME applications for yet ANOTHER software platform.

Ironically, if you've paid for an app the iPhone you have to pay an additional $fee to download the SAME app on Android, RIM, and Windows Mobile. And now coming soon to this frenzy: the Amazon Kindle store.

...no wonder everyone in the app-development world is excited! ;)

Mizzou Mizzou said:

@Guest #3

From the article:

App pricing hasn't been specified yet but we suspect apps will be priced the same as they are in the Android Market. It's worth mentioning that once you purchase an app through the Amazon Appstore, it becomes available on your other Android-based devices as well.

If I'm reading this right it appears that you only need to purchase the app one time for your Adroid devices.

Guest said:

It's hardly a rush. All apps are the same Android apps already in the Amazon Appstore. So those that already have Android app developers have to do is to submit it to the appstore if they haven't already.

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