Friday, 18 April 2014 20:45

New Kindle ebook reader only for Samsung Galaxy

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Yet another indication that Samsung is moving away from Google’s Android and its money making app store, Samsung will have a free, premium, Kindle ebook experience for its Galaxy owners.

Co-developed with Amazon – that has its own Android fork and app store as well – it has a different layout and the incentive of a free book each month for referring new users. Samsung will launch initially for the Galaxy S5 in 90 countries from their app store later in April.

This is a clear move to differentiate the Samsung owners experience from Android and paves the way for its Tizen based smartphone later this year. It may also allow Samsung to gain a percentage of ebook sales otherwise lost to Google.

In 2013, Gartner stated that Samsung accounted for 19% of all tablet sales – iPad was 36%. Samsung and Windows tablets are both rapidly gaining ground while Apple’s iPad has lost nearly 20% of its previous tablet sales. Android has overtaken iOS as the world’s largest tablet platform.

Kindle for Samsung will feature Whispersync for synchronizing where you are reading across all your Samsung devices; “Time to Read” for estimating reading times; and cloud-based backups of your library.


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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