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ESPN and Hulu Plus Join the Kindle Fire App Lineup

Move over cable television, the Kindle Fire is getting even more wildly popular apps: Hulu Plus and ESPN.

Hulu.com pulls together all of the latest TV show clips and available full episodes into one website.  Hulu Plus is their subscription based service that allows access to even more shows and movies.  It is better than Netflix in some respects because it provides access to TV shows soon after they air as opposed to months later.

ESPN shows live sporting events right on you Kindle Fire.  I’m a big college basketball fan, so I am especially excited about the prospect of taking the games with me wherever I go.  The only drawback is that you have to sign in using your cable provider account.  So, not everyone can use it.

Hulu Plus and ESPN join Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, Pandora, and a slew of popular games to make up a pretty powerful set of apps.  A lot of these are free, but the ones that are pretty inexpensive.

Rumors and speculations are flying about how the Kindle Fire is set to knock the iPad off the top of the tablet market list.  I don’t doubt that Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has the tools and ability to do it.  They also have a great reputation for top notch customer service, and for having much more cost friendly products than the majority of major retailers.

Right now, the major advantage to the Kindle Fire is price.  The iPad has the history and larger app store.  However with the addition of all of the major apps like Hulu, ESPN, etc, will set the Kindle Fire up to be some pretty hot competition.  I will be very interested to see what Apple does in response.  In the past they have typically come back with a better product touting improved features without budging too much on the price.

I’d love to see a future 10* Kindle Fire that includes a robust app store, external keyboard compatibility, and a reasonable price.  This future version might just become reality quite soon.

I’m eager to hear what new Kindle Fire owners have to say about the tablet once they get to finally try it out.  Will the user interface be intuitive and easy to use?  Will colors be vibrant and sharp as the description boasts?  All are questions that will be answered on the fast approaching November 15 release date.  Let the games begin.

 

Kindle Fire to Offer Apps for Pandora, Netflix, and More

As many of you know, Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has its own Android based app store that offers a free app every day.  The Kindle Fire is set to release on November 15 with a huge selection of popular apps including Pandora, Netflix, Facebook, and games from top gaming companies including Electronic Arts, PopCap and more.

Amazon is set to go with everyone’s favorite apps right out of the gate.  That’s pretty impressive considering how long it took the iPad to get a Facebook app.  But, in Amazon’s case, a precedent has been set in the android market. Whereas the iPad was the first to enter the tablet market, and is the only tablet using Apple’s app store.

EA and PopCap are known for high quality games.  A few favorites include Scrabble, Tetris, and Peggle.  Tetris has been a huge hit since the beginning of gaming systems.  Rovio is also on board, and they’re the makers of the hit game Angry Birds.  What is a tablet without Angry Birds?

Netflix and Pandora are other top apps that are available across tablet and smartphone platforms, so they are a natural addition to the Kindle Fire collection. Amazon also has its own video streaming library for Amazon Prime members set to rival Netflix.  Pandora and Rhapsody are the major players in music apps.

As far as apps go, one niche that Apple has a good hold on is Accessibility.  There are apps for the iPad that serve as decent and much cheaper alternatives to assistive technology.  I just downloaded a magnfying glass and a recorder recently. There are also caption services, and so much more.  I haven’t seen as much of this on Android systems, or on the Kindle in general.  It would be great to see apps that help people with vision, hearing, mobility, and learning disabilities.  Just another way to heat up the competition against Apple.

For more information on what popular apps will be available on the Kindle Fire, check out the latest Amazon press release.