Did you notice what was missing from the Kindle 4 Android update?

A few days ago Amazon released an updated version of their Kindle app for Android. They added a number of really neat annotation and collaboration features, but there was one in particular that they left out. It's not that subtle, so I'm surprised that so few noticed.

They didn't add the audio and video support that the iOS app has.

It might not seem like a big deal, but this is actually a major split in abilities. By limiting the media support to just iOS, Amazon are saying that it's not a major feature and they're not planning to support it. Media support will only be a gimmick.

If this is true, then it will give ebook media apps a shot in the arm. (Heck, they were mostly on iOS anyway.) That would be unfortunate; I liked the idea of having cross platform enhanced ebooks.

I'm going to wait and see if this support is included in the next version of K4PC. If it's not, then I'm right.

About Nate Hoffelder (11799 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

1 Comment on Did you notice what was missing from the Kindle 4 Android update?

  1. That’s odd. iOS and Android support the same A/V codecs and file formats, AFAIK. Maybe they didn’t have time to get it in the Andy version?

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