Nov 09 AT 12:17 PM Taylor Wimberly 30 Comments

Several thousand more reasons to buy the $199 Kindle Fire


Need even more reasons to buy the Kindle Fire? Today Amazon announced that several thousand of the most popular Android apps will be available on their $199 7-inch tablet. The list includes the likes of Netflix, Rhapsody, Pandora, Twitter, Comics by comiXology, Facebook, The Weather Channel and popular games from Zynga, EA, Gameloft, PopCap and Rovio. Combined with the 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, and magazines from Amazon, the Kindle Fire appears to be this holiday’s hottest item.

Previous reports estimated that Amazon could move up to 5 million units this year, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they exceed that. Amazon also announced that 1600 stores across the US would carry the device, which includes Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Staples, Sam’s Club, RadioShack, Office Depot, as well as several other retailers.

Finally, for those that missed it, Amazon also announced their Lending Library program which allows Amazon Prime customers the ability to choose from thousands of books to borrow for free (including over 100 current and former New York Times Bestsellers) as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates.

I already pre-ordered my Kindle Fire. Did you?

If you are still on the fence about the Kindle Fire, check back early next week for our hands-on preview and first impressions.

Source: Amazon

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  • Anthony Domanico

    You ordered a Kindle Fire? I thought Clark was trying to stop you.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Psh I’m an Amazon Prime customer and I already have quite a few movies in their online store.

      • Anthony Domanico

        haha. I’m a Prime customer too. And I’m debating getting one too :)

        • Dharmabhum

          I’m with you guys. Amazon Prime makes this tempting but the connectivity options have me hesitating. Looking forward to the hands-on next week!

          • Dharmabhum

            ^ brain fart. Meant the storage options. I’d like more than three-fourths of the 8 GB internal storage, but I suppose this is a great way to push people like me who are on the fence towards the cloud and away from local, physical storage.

  • AppleFUD

    Yeah, I bet developers are working hard to get their app into the Amazon AppStore asap for the Kindle Fire–it’ll dwarf all other tablet sales and they know they have a device that their app will work perfectly on. Basically, you have an “ipad ecosystem” for the devs here.

    And I’m sure it will rock CyanogenMod asap :D

  • Perry Ahern

    I’m seriously tempted by the Kindle Prime, but I already have a Kindle 3 and, as far as a tablet, I think I’d always be aware of what I can’t do on this Amazon ecosystem limited device. Especially now that the Transformer Prime info is out and I’ve been drooling over the specs since last night.

  • Eric

    How is this news? Of course Amazon’s tablet will have access to Amazon’s Android market.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      It’s news because some of these apps like Facebook are not yet available in the Amazon app store.

  • Dr.Carpy

    Man you ladies and gents at Android & Me don’t play! You guys are already getting one these bad boys to test? Well, seeing that I’m trying to be more friendly, how about you take a break Taylor and send the device to good ol’ Dr.Carpy! ;) All kidding aside, I like the ideas of book sharing, all the gaming options, and at 199, can’t do bad for that price.

  • Nate B.

    I’m stuck between getting this or the new Nook Tablet for my mom & sister.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      If it’s for your mom and sister and you don’t want to answer all their questions, the Nook Tablet has free in-store support haha.

  • Danny

    The fact that it only had 8gb wifi only and no memory expansion makes me hesitant, you can have unlimited cloud storage but without a wifi signal you only have 8gb and who knows how much of that is available to the user, 8gb fills up pretty quickly.

  • hurric

    I’m debating whether or not get it (I live in Canada) but the biggest issue I have is whether Google Market can be installed on it. If not that’s a huge reason for me not to buy it (only reason) because I can’t download new apps (although preloaded already) but that’s my biggest question that I don’t know (if i drive down to states and pick one up even for reading / surfing etc only)

  • Starship

    I cancelled my pre-order when I found out that gmail won’t be an available application. It’s cool and all, but I’m not ready to get a tablet just yet. Waiting for Windows 8 to appear.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Gmail will run in the browser and Andy Rubin said he was open to launching Google apps in the Amazon app store.

      • hurric

        non native apps really suck. Youtube on web, Gmail on web..why get an Android tablet. Again the only selling point here is price

      • Starship

        Running things from the browser defeats the whole purpose of an app driven environment IMO.

  • shane

    Does this come with Amazon Prime, or is that purchased separately?

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Amazon Prime is a separate loyalty program that comes with free 2-day shipping, $3.99 overnight shipping, access to tons of free movies and TV shows like Netflix, and more. See the link in the story for full details.

      • Anthony Domanico

        To clarify, it comes with a one month subscription to Amazon prime.

  • triangle

    At $200, it’s an appealing price, but I think I’ll wait for one that has higher capacity or a micro-SD card slot. The other factor is the Transformer Prime. I may just buy that instead.

    I know there are different use cases for different devices, but I don’t know how many tablets I can lying around the house.

  • joxmar

    the most important question is… Can this thing be hacked to run a full version of honeycomb or better yet Ice cream sandwich?

  • bobomb

    I only need one reason: Cyanogenmod.

  • charliethesuperturtle

    Hp touchpad
    16 gb
    Why this?

  • Queen Laqueefa

    Netflix pretty much seals the deal for me. I was wondering if they’d block it in an effort to steer customers towards Amazon Prime, but I’m glad to see that’s not the case.

  • KatSelezneva

    I’d really like to have the Kindle Fire, and Android apps are a good reason for me to buy it. I wonder, if my favorite apps will be available: My Top-10 Android applications

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