Kindle For Android Adds Voice-Controlled Search

Posted: Sep 23 2010, 8:36pm CDT | by , in Android


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Kindle For Android Adds Voice-Controlled Search

And a ton of other features

The Android version of Amazon's Kindle e-book software has been updated, bringing along Google's powerful voice search as well as a word look-up feature similar to what the physical Kindle devices have had since day one.

Additionally, users can highlight a passage of the book and add a note. Again, this is another feature that other Kindle devices use, and notes can be transferred between each of them.

The word look-up feature lets users choose a specific word and look up definitions and origins from Wikipedia and All of this happens within the app without an external Internet browser.

But wait, there's more. When browsing through books, users can now see book summaries and discussion about it from other users. This content is pulled from Shelfari, a social networking book discussion start-up that Amazon acquired two years ago.

Finally, the last minor update is that users can freeze a screen in landscape or portrait mode to prevent the accelerometer from kicking in inadvertently.

Clearly Amazon is very dedicated to its Kindle presence on devices other than the actual Kindle. It has consistently updated the apps on iPhone, Android, PC, and Blackberry. But the updates aren't always coming simultaneously so the experience continues to differs more and more among platforms.

Nevertheless, it's a very big update to Kindle for Android. Existing app users will automatically receive the new version.

Via PC World

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