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Kindle for AndroidAndroid users finally get the Kindle app. Is it tap-worthy after waiting this long for it?
[ Music ] ^M00:00:10 >> Welcome to Tap That App. I'm Brian Tong and this is the show where we cover the hottest apps in the mobile space. Now, this week we're showing off the Smartphone eReader companion for Kindle owners. It's the Kindle app just released on Android, and it's also been available on the iOS platform. Now, the app is absolutely free. Android owners have been waiting for this forever. You can purchase books for around $10, and the best part of this app is that it allows you to sync your purchased Kindle books and sync the last place you read for multiple devices. The Apple allows you to bookmark pages you like, change the text size and background color, but unfortunately not all things are equal between the apps at the moment. Now, a really nice feature of the iPhone version is search, which allows you to type in a term and page entries will show up. Inexplicably, the Android version which came out later, does not have this built in, but they say it will be coming in the future. Now, on the Android version of the app, you have the ability to adjust the brightness of the screen while you're reading, but the iPhone doesn't allow this within the app. Now, the Kindle app is still definitely tap worthy for Kindle owners and for people who want to read eBooks and don't want to invest in a larger device. We would really like to see them allow you to purchase books inside of the app and Jessica Dalcourt would like textured backgrounds like parchment or linen. That must be a girl thing. Now, just to recap everything, the Kindle app is free and it's an easy interface, but Amazon really needs to clean things up to make all features equal. That's going to do it for this week's show. If you have any suggestions, send them to Tap That App at CNET.com. I'm Brian Tong, and we'll see you guys next week. Back to Charleston.