Amazon's Kindle e-book application will be available for Android smartphone users beginning this summer, announced the company on May 18. The new app will allow Android-loaded smartphones users to access the Kindle library, purchase directly from the app, and synchronize with other Kindle-loaded devices.
Like all Kindle app users, Android owners will have access to up to 540,000 books (fewer in most non-US locations), and their bookmarks will be saved and synchronized with the Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac, and BlackBerry, meaning reading material and page numbers are saved across the devices.
Kindle for Android will work with Android phones including Droid Incredible, Google Nexus One, HTC MyTouch, Motorola CLIQ, and Motorola Droid, provided they run on version 1.6 or later and are equipped with an SD card. As with all Kindle apps, it will not support Kindle newspapers, magazines, or blogs.
This new addition to the Kindle line-up may help Amazon in staying competitive against Apple's iBooks application, which does not allow users to synchronize across non-Apple devices. Kindle for Android will also allow users to purchase books directly from Amazon without leaving the app - something that is not possible through Kindle on Apple devices.