Amazon tablet app comes to UK, needs Ice Cream Sandwich

Amazon's tablet-optimised app is out now on Google Play, for an altogether more tablet-shaped shopping experience.

Amazon's app made specifically for Android tablets is now available in the UK.

The app was previously up for download only in the US. If you want to get shopping at Amazon using your tablet, you'll need a device with a display that's between 7 and 10 inches, with resolutions between 600x1,024 and 1,600x2,560 pixels. It'll need to run Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich or later, too.

As well as the UK, the app is now out in Italy, France, Germany and Spain. It lets you browse and shop by department, search, read and add reviews, share products with pals, and manage accounts. Basically, anything you can do on Amazon using a browser. That tablet-optimised UI will make things much easier to see, too, instead of having to zoom in to read a review on your phone's screen.

It works in landscape or portrait modes, and all purchases are routed through Amazon's secure servers just like they are on the web.

Our American cousins should be chuffed too, as the update fixes bugs and promises performance enhancements to the tablet app they've been using.

The app is free, and available from Google Play right now.

But wait! Just this week, Amazon updated its Kindle app for iOS devices, with a bug finding its way in there somehow. This led to some early updaters having their entire Kindle ebook library deleted . Amazon punted out a warning not to download until it had fixed the problem, but it was too late for some. I'm sure there will be no issues with this new app, but it just goes to show, sometimes you're better off waiting to see if there any problems, rather than being one of the guinea pigs.

Have you snaffled the tablet app? How are you finding it? Let me know in the comments, or on Facebook.

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    Joe has been writing about consumer tech for nearly seven years now, but his liking for all things shiny goes back to the Gameboy he received aged eight (and that he still plays on at family gatherings, much to the annoyance of his parents). His pride and joy is an Infocus projector, whose 80-inch picture elevates movie nights to a whole new level.


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