Android smartphones will be getting a version of the Kindle app from Amazon, bringing full e-book functionality to handsets using Google's mobile phone platform.
Amazon has a back catalogue of over half a million books available to its US users and a similarly large number should be making their way to Android-based mobiles in the UK once the app arrives.
The iPhone already has a Kindle app, but users cannot buy books from within the app. This will not be the case for Android users and this additional functionality could be the key to its success.
Phone owners who already have a Kindle account and a stand-alone reader can synchronise their existing book purchases without having to re-buy the titles they already own.
"We think customers are going to love the convenience and simplicity of having instant access to a massive selection of books from Amazon on their Motorola Milestone, Nexus [One], [HTC] Incredible and many more Android devices," said Amazon's Jay Marine.
A mid year launch date is planned for the Android version of the Kindle app and Amazon does not believe that it will see a slump in sales of its standalone Kindle eBook reader, but rather that it will inspire increased interest in the eBook market.
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