Amazon and Samsung Partner to Launch Kindle for Samsung App
Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) Galaxy users will get some of the benefits of an Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Kindle thanks to a deal between the two companies to launch the Kindle for Samsung app for Galaxy devices.
The announcement came out Thursday in the form of a press release posted on Samsung Tomorrow, Samsung’s official news blog. Samsung users who download the app will be able to get a free book a month, a total of twelve free books a year, as a part of Samsung Book Deals, a service that will be launched as part of the app.
“We are delighted to be able to deepen our long-standing relationship with Amazon and offer Kindle for Samsung as the perfect app for reading on a smart device. With this service we demonstrate our commitment to creating and broadening key content partnerships that deliver rich and personalized experiences for our customers,” said Lee Epting, vice president of Samsung’s Media Solution Center Europe, in the press release.
The press release also notes that the app will be available in ninety countries. Samsung is the world’s largest smartphone maker, with about 30 percent of the world’s market share of smartphones. It is also a top manufacturer of tablets with about 19 percent of the world market share of tablets, second only to Apple’s 36 percent market share. In the United States and internationally, the South Korean company’s products compete with primary rival Apple’s selection of smartphones and tablets. Users who own Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets, who want to run the app need Android 4.0 or higher as their operating system.
The Kindle App for Samsung is the latest in a string of specialized apps for Samsung devices reports Engadget. The company recently made a deal with music-streaming service Deezer that grants Samsung Galaxy users a six-month trial of Deezer’s Premium+ service.
Kindle is pretty happy to be the e-book app of choice for Samsung Galaxy based on its statement in the press release.
“We’re thrilled that Samsung has chosen Kindle as their eBook provider,” said Jorrit Van der Meulen, vice president, EU Kindle. “With Kindle for Samsung, people around the world will have instant access to the best digital bookstore and reading experience, including more than half a million titles that are only available from the Kindle Store, and innovative features like Whispersync, Time to Read and much more.”
TechCrunch called the partnership “interesting” in its report of the news. Editor Ingrid Lunden speculated that the announcement of the partnership meant the two companies were sharing user data or some other resource as part of the deal.
Other Android users can use the general Kindle app for Android or a variety of other e-book apps to download and read books on their smartphone or tablet. The former was just updated this week.