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Some of the popular apps that will be available upon the release of Kindle Fire include Facebook, Pandora, Netflix, Twitter, Rhapsody, The Weather Channel, Comics by comiXology, and popular games by Zynga, Rovio, EA, Gameloft, and PopCap

With less than one week until the launch of Amazon's first tablet, Kindle Fire, the electronic commerce giant has announced that several popular Android apps will be available for the new tab upon its release.

Kindle Fire features a 7-inch multi-touch display with a 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4 dual-core processor, 8 GB storage capacity, 512 MB memory, a 14.6 ounce design, 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity, and Amazon's new Web broswer Amazon Silk. It will run a unique version of Android's 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, and will now offer a number of popular apps.

Some of the popular apps that will be available upon the release of Kindle Fire include Facebook, Pandora, Netflix, Twitter, Rhapsody, The Weather Channel, Comics by comiXology, and popular games by Zynga, Rovio, EA, Gameloft, and PopCap.

"We started talking to app developers everywhere the day we introduced Kindle Fire, and the response has been overwhelming," said Dave Limp, Vice President of Kindle Fire. "In addition to over 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, and magazines from Amazon, we are excited to offer customers thousands of apps and games to choose from on Kindle Fire -- from Pandora and Rhapsody to Facebook and Twitter to Netflix, as well as popular games from EA, Zynga and many other top game developers. And this is only the beginning -- we're adding more apps and games every day across all categories."

Kindle Fire users will be able to download the apps using Amazon's 1-Click payment technology, and won't have to register multiple times when downloading apps. Once downloading an app from the Amazon Appstore, it can be used on Kindle Fire as well as other Android-based gadgets.

EA, Zynga, Gameloft, Pandora, Netflix, PopCap Games, Rhapsody and The Weather Channel have all showed their enthusiasm for contributing content to the Kindle Fire. Other available apps and games announced include Bloomberg, Doodle Jump, Doodle Fit, Fruit Ninja, Jenga, LinkedIn, Quickoffice Pro, IMDb Movies & TV, Zillow, Airport Mania, Cut the Rope, and more.

Kindle Fire will be released November 15 for $199, and can be pre-ordered here.

Barnes & Noble also recently announced content that will be available for its Kindle Fire competitor, NOOK Tablet. According to Barnes & Noble, its tablet, which will be released one day after the Kindle Fire, will also offer multimedia such as Netflix, Pandora and Hulu. The NOOK Tablet also offers a larger selection of books, newspapers and magazines, but comes at a price of $249 -- $50 more than the Kindle Fire.

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Uh... how about some productivity apps there?
By Boze on 11/9/2011 12:55:21 PM , Rating: 2
I've been expecting announcement for some time now, as I have quite a slew of Kindle Fires pre-ordered; one for my mother, my sister, my cousin, my dad, and one for myself.

I'll still get the four for my family, but I'm inching towards the fence a little now. I'm not yet on said fence, but I'm starting to back towards it a bit. Having some of my Kindle eBook titles that have color graphics on an actual color device will be a welcome upgrade from my Kindle 3 Keyboard... however... that said.

It would be nice to see some basic software apps that will allow me to view Microsoft Office documents and Adobe PDF files (I'm sure PDFs will be viewable at launch though).

While most of my colleagues realize that using LaTeX and/or PDF is ideal, a lot of them, for reasons I cannot understand, still use Microsoft Office / OpenOffice / LibreOffice, whatever, and it'd be nice to have viewers on my tablet.

That ASUS Transformer Prime is starting to look really good now.

RE: Uh... how about some productivity apps there?
By Boze on 11/9/2011 12:57:56 PM , Rating: 2
My kingdom for an edit button...

When I say a lot of my colleagues use office programs, I mean they have the nasty habit of not converting their .doc, .docx, .ppt, .xlsx, .whatever into PDF files for cross-platform viewing.

PDF is the gold standard for sharing complex documents for a reason, and most programs have PDF converters, however, for those of us stuck with people who don't understand where to acquire these plug-ins, viewers would be appreciated on the Kindle Fire's launch.

By The0ne on 11/9/2011 1:53:32 PM , Rating: 2
I write a lot for my work and only convert to PDF when requested or needed. Otherwise I keep the doc originals in tact with backups. It's just unnecessary conversion when no one else is going to read it.

By theArchMichael on 11/9/2011 2:34:32 PM , Rating: 2
Ok I'm missing something... I thought the kindle was a heavily skinned or maybe derived version of Android 2.3.

Won't the "Amazon Appstore" that people use with Android work on the kindle fire?

I say that because Adobe reader is available in the Amazon appstore as well as officesuite 5, so you have support for pdf and office document formats for like $5.

If there will be a separate "Amazon Appstore" specifically for the kindle fire that would be super duper lame.

By therealnickdanger on 11/10/2011 10:56:56 AM , Rating: 2
As I recall, Amazon stated that they would not restrict side-loading or ROM development for the Fire, so I imagine we'll see full compatibility with both the Amazon App Store and the Android Market within days, if not hours, of the Fire's release. If not, I'll be cancelling my preorders.

By gwem557 on 11/9/2011 3:46:25 PM , Rating: 2
Tons of apps for this on the amazon app store.

If it's on the Amazon app store now...
By nafhan on 11/9/2011 1:32:36 PM , Rating: 3
..It will probably be available on the Kindle Fire, right? I haven't seen a specific answer to that question.

That said... Netflix app (which is currently NOT in the Amz app store) kind of surprised me. Netflix is directly competing with Amazon's streaming service. The fact that they're allowing Netflix in the door makes me a lot more interested in the Fire both because I like Netflix, and because it looks like Amazon isn't going to be trying to lock out potential competitors. Now, I guess we'll see if they allow a Google Books app and a Nook app... :)

RE: If it's on the Amazon app store now...
By therealnickdanger on 11/10/2011 11:00:19 AM , Rating: 2
As long as they don't lock out side-loading, you should be fine.

The Netflix app wasn't supported on my phone originally, but all I had to do was e-mail the APK to myself, check the "install unknown apps" option, and it worked just great.

By therealnickdanger on 11/10/2011 11:02:06 AM , Rating: 2
My point was that you should be able to install any APK using this method as long as the OS isn't locked down by Amazon. Seeing as how Amazon has made it known that they won't restrict or hamper 3rd party development of the Fire makes me suspect it won't be an issue.

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