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.