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Amazon updated their Kindle app for Android today, bringing about two changes that add a significant amount of functionality to the app. Perhaps the most notable change is the addition of support for Kindle Format 8, Amazon's "next generation" file format which supports HTML5, CSS3, drop caps, fixed layouts, and scalable vector graphics. The format also features Panel Views and Kindle Text Popup, enabling "great fixed layout books including graphic novels, comics, and children's books."


The other change brought by today's Kindle update is a change to the functionality of users' send-to-Kindle email addresses. With today's update, files and documents can be sent to Kindle for Android using your Send-to-Kindle email address, and will of course be synced to Amazon's Cloud for re-downloading on any supported device. Adding an extra touch of convenience, Kindle's Whispersync will sync highlights, notes, and pages read in your personal documents, keeping them consistent across platforms.

For those interested, here's the full changelog:

What's in this version:

  1. Support for Kindle Format 8 and a larger assortment of illustrated children’s books, comic books, and graphic novels. Shop for over 1000 children’s titles such as Brown Bear and Curious George, and comics such as Batman and Superman. Plus, richer formatting in thousands of other Kindle titles.
  2. Email documents to your new Send-to-Kindle e-mail address and we deliver them to your device. Documents are archived in the Amazon Cloud and can be re-downloaded to supported Kindle devices and apps.

If you haven't already, just click through the widget below and grab the update.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://blog.npike.net Nicholas Pike

    While I can definitely see my PDFs on multiple devices if I just email it to one Kindle - they don't seem to be syncing the latest page # at all. Still, a big improvement.

  • ins0mn1a

    ok, that looks like a step in the right direction.

    what interests me more is when they will update the amazon mobile app to enable movie streaming on android. we have netflix, hulu plus, google movies, the only one conspicuously absent is amazon. what's up with that?

  • Chris

    Kindle users got an email about this late last year and I've been waiting for this update ever since :)

  • Hal

    The Kindle upgrade is totally broken on Ice Cream Sandwich for the Android. It crashes constantly and is totally useless. It does not work.

    It also is crashing on my Kindle Fire, as well.

  • DRZA

    Latest update doesn't work with Android 2.2. The app will not open, I can't read my books, and I am furious!