Wednesday Amazon said that "thousands" of apps will be heading to the Kindle Fire tablet next week. Naturally this will be due to the underlying operating system -- a customized Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" -- and the online retailer's own Amazon Appstore for Android. Customers will be able to install numerous compatible apps including Netflix, Rhapsody, Pandora, Twitter, Comics by comiXology, Facebook, The Weather Channel as well as popular games from Zynga, EA, Gameloft, PopCap and Rovio after pulling it out of the box.
"Kindle Fire customers will be able to download these apps and games without having to register multiple times and using Amazon's simple and secure 1-Click payment technology," the company said. "Plus, all apps are Amazon-tested on Kindle Fire for the best experience possible, customers can get a great "paid" app for free every day, and once you've downloaded an app from the Amazon Appstore, it's available on Kindle Fire as well as your other Android-based devices."
Amazon has kept its Free-App-Of-The-Day special alive and kicking since the Appstore first launched, offering gems like Plants Vs. Zombies, Cut The Rope, Angry Birds Rio, Cyberlords, Fancy Widget Pro, Trillian Pro, Shazam Encore, Swiftkey X, TweetCaster Pro, WeatherBug Elite, Sketchbook Mobile, Tunein Radio Pro and more for free. The catch is that each app is free for an entire day: once that day passes, the app returns to its normal price. All apps purchased via the Amazon Appstore is kept in the cloud and can be re-downloaded at any time.
"We started talking to app developers everywhere the day we introduced Kindle Fire, and the response has been overwhelming," said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. "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."
Customers who purchase the Kindle Fire next week will get a free month of Amazon Prime which will grant access to Prime Instant Video with 13,000 movies and TV shows available for unlimited streaming. The tablet will also come packed with the new Kindle Owners' Lending Library where Kindle owners can choose from thousands of books to borrow for free including more than 100 current and former New York Times Bestsellers - as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates.
Customers in the U.S. can still pre-order the Kindle Fire tablet at http://www.amazon.com/kindlefire. The device officially ships next week on November 15.