Amazon just released a new update for the Kindle Android app in Google Play today. There’s no new feature listed in the “What’s New” section, but it does show this teaser notice:
In the coming weeks, you will see the following:
* Download books to your SD card to save storage space on your device. Go to Settings to get started.
What this means is that we will finally be able to store our Kindle ebooks on an Android device’s external storage (SD card, microSD card, etc).
Just to double check, I checked my phone, and the updated app does include a setting in the Kindle app which gives it permission to access the phone’s storage (see screenshot at right). I clicked yes, and the app asked if it could move all 8 or so of my current Kindle ebooks to my phone’s microSD card.
This is going to be very useful for anyone who reads a lot of comics or textbooks in their Kindle app; in fact, I have to wonder why it took so long for Amazon to offer such a basic feature. I would have loved to have it on my old phone, which had so little storage to spare after bloated app updates that I desperately needed to store files on the microSD card.
Why is it the most useful features always arrive several months too late?
Google Play via Android Police