Amazon.com today announced an Android version of its popular app that continues to extend its Kindle reading and book-shopping software beyond its Kindle e-reader device.
The Android Kindle app comes as Amazon and Google, backer of the open-source device platform, are increasingly competing in digital media and cloud computing services, wooing the same consumers, publishers and developers.
After you’ve registered with Amazon, you can use the Kindle Android app to search and browse around 620,000 books available in Kindle editions, sample the first chapter of books free, access your Kindle library online and synchronize the last page read between Kindles and other devices running the Kindle app.
The Android app uses touchscreen controls to turn pages with taps on the side of the screen or flicks.
Still to come, though, is the ability to purchase Kindle books from within the Android app and full text search.
Also not there yet apparently are multimedia features that Amazon.com on Sunday added to its iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch applications.
Those Kindle apps can now play digital books with embedded audio and video clips, such as “Bird Songs” and a special version of Rick Steves’ “London by Rick Steves” that includes Steves narrating walking tours.