Amazon prepares Kindle for Android and Windows tablets

After the release of Amazon's successful e-book reader, Kindle, mobile and desktop applications came along with it to help expand the Kindle e-book platform. Amazon's latest plans include creating a tablet-specific version of their Kindle reader, much like what was done by the company on Apple's iPad.

On Tuesday Amazon explained in a press release that "new tablet computers coming in 2011 will have access to Amazon's free "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" apps that let readers choose from over 775,000 Kindle books and read them across the most popular devices and platforms." These new Kindle applications will join the collection that exist currently on the Kindle itself, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry, and Android phones, all offered for free.

While Amazon's open arms to new tablets are nice, the most interesting part is that they specifically mention "that Kindle apps will also be tailored specifically for Android and Windows based tablets to enable customers to access the Kindle Store." As of the publication of the press release, Microsoft has not announced officially that there will even be a Windows-based tablet, despite many rumors claiming Ballmer will demo one, and that Windows for ARM chips will be displayed as well.

Amazon's Kindle announcement on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show essentially confirms that there will be a Windows-based tablet making an appearance on Wednesday. The internet marketplace giant may have let the confirmation of a tablet sneak out just a tad early, but it is all good news at any rate.

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I have Kindle for Android on my Samsung Galaxy Tab and it is just fine. Not sure what they are planning to do differently.

All this talk of Windows running on ARM makes me wonder what software development for Windows will look like in the future. It'll undoubtedly be more .NET / Silverlight focused as you can't run native code compiled for Intel on an ARM chip. In fact, even much of .NET is tied to native x86 code, so I wonder if this has been the long term plan for Silverlight all along?

JonathanMarston said,
All this talk of Windows running on ARM makes me wonder what software development for Windows will look like in the future. It'll undoubtedly be more .NET / Silverlight focused as you can't run native code compiled for Intel on an ARM chip. In fact, even much of .NET is tied to native x86 code, so I wonder if this has been the long term plan for Silverlight all along?

There are already .NET platforms from ARM, in the form of .NET CF. Microsoft would need to add all functionality found in the desktop version, yes, but at least there already was something

Sraf said,

There are already .NET platforms from ARM, in the form of .NET CF. Microsoft would need to add all functionality found in the desktop version, yes, but at least there already was something

Yes, there has been .NET CF, but it's a small subset of the full .NET framework. There needs to be one, unified development platform between Windows on x86 and Windows on ARM or it will remain a niche product like Windows CE has been...