The newest version of the Kindle app is only 2MB in size and is almost impossible to download.
E-commerce giant Amazon updated its Kindle app last week and the company has now released Kindle Lite app for Android beta testers. The Amazon Kindle Lite app is designed for low-end Android smartphones. The company also added that the app is specially designed for Indian readers.
The app weighs 2MB in size and can work smoothly even on 2G network. The app also enables the users to monitor their data and manage the storage. It offers all the features like the normal Kindle app. Users can shop for books and can also read them in five Indian languages namely - Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Marathi and Malayalam.
The app is compatible with smartphones running Android version 4.4 and above.
Amazon's regular Android app takes up 111MB on my Android smartphone (and that doesn't include any content) so I am dying to find out what is different about the lite version of the app.
The app is listed in Google Play as "unreleased", and there are no reviews just yet. I have been unable to download it either through direct or nefarious means. I even tried a couple workarounds (here's one) but neither worked.
If you get a copy, do let me know what you think.
Edit: A reader told me where we can download the app (thanks, RL!). It's not worth getting; the app has no formatting or annotation options, tiny text, no sideloaded content, no search, and the "send to Kindle feature" doesn't work.
image by Pen Waggener