Big day for Amazon...
First up is something we touched upon the other day: the Amazon MP3 store is now officially supported on Android handsets outside the US. This is a win-win situation for both Google and Amazon since the former finally gets a native mobile store to compete with iTunes globally and the latter opens up its service to a whole new market. Another bonus is Amazon tends to be one of the cheapest online stores around with many albums and tracks starting from just £3 and 29p respectively.
The Amazon MP3 store can be downloaded now for free from Android Marketplace - so no need to wait for new firmware.
Secondly, Amazon has taken a major step with the Kindle today announcing an SDK which will allow third party developers to bring apps to the platform for the first time. It will roll out in a limited beta from next month which includes sample code, documentation and a Kindle Simulator which can emulate both the 6in Kindle and larger 9.7in DX (pictured).
Interestingly, among the partners for the Kindle SDK is EA Games and while I'd never considered an eBook as a gaming platform it will be intriguing to see what it comes up with. "We've heard from lots of developers over the past two years who are excited to build on top of Kindle," said Amazon Kindle VP Ian Freed. "The Kindle Development Kit opens many possibilities--we look forward to being surprised by what developers invent."
Does this news excite developers or are you all sick of having yet another platform to try and port your applications to? Let us know...