Okay, this time we mean it! Starting with tonight’s daily build, PRO subscribers will be able to build for the Amazon Appstore/Kindle Fire.
(In case you missed the excitement, we blogged a little early due to a communication snafu yesterday. What happened? In a nutshell, there’s been a flu going around and half the team is literally sick. So in the fallout, we’ve gotten a little OCD around here, quarantining desks, making public health/safety announcements to the team, and handing out Purell hand sanitizer bottles. But I digress…)
There have been a lot of reviews about the Kindle Fire. And I agree it’s not perfect, but two things stood out:
1. Ready for consumption. As soon as I connected the Fire to WiFi, my name suddenly appears. Then, I noticed all my account info (credit card, etc) all appeared auto-magically. I had this Twilight Zone feeling for a few moments. Then, I realized that I had bought the Fire via my Amazon account and that they probably rigged the whole thing to correlate the Fire’s serial number with my account info, making it a cinch to phone home and auto-register for me. Good thing UPS didn’t deliver to the wrong address!
2. Friendly to impulse buys. I accidentally bought an app (yes, it was by a Corona developer) thinking that I’d be prompted for a password. I was surprised when the purchase went immediately through and the app started to download. After some poking around in account settings, I found out that you cannot turn off one-click purchasing on the Fire.
It’s pretty clear that Amazon is going to be a serious player. The Kindle Fire seems designed to make it seductively easy for folks to find and buy digital content. And more importantly, they needs lots of great content — from you all!
So power up your laptops, get the coffee percolating, and keep ’em coming!