Amazon announced that their Kindle sales for this quarter are up 400% over last year with much of that due to the new Kindle Fire. In my family they are showing up in households that already have iPhones and iPads making for some interesting situations. There is, however, lots of common ground in the app world for families working with both systems. Here’s a first look.
In the news arena, Pulse News and Taptu [both free] are available for both Android and iOS systems. They can pull in Facebook and Twitter along with your Google feeds and let you add other sources as you find them. Read It Later Pro [on sale this week for $1.49] is a great way to save just about anything you find online to read when you have time – even if you’re disconnected. I recently reviewed ezPDF Reader [$2.99] for reading and annotating PDF documents.
Fire’s built-in mail app will hook you up with the major email systems – Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, etc. – and there are separate apps for most of these systems if you prefer. Seesmic [free] gives you access to all your social sites in one app and although there’s no mic or camera for voice/video calls, you can use apps like IM+ [free & $9.99] and Trillian [free] to text with just about any text network.
Evernote users will be happy to learn that there’s also an Android app available for the Fire. Two useful office suites are also available – Docs to Go [$14.99] and Quickoffice Pro [$14.99 on sale this week for $7.49].
These apps give you a quick look at some of the Android versions of iOS apps and offer alternatives for others. NOOK users aren’t left out either. You’ll find many of these apps available in the NOOK App Store. Fire users might also want to check the other apps on sale this week in their Cyber Monday Sales Week promotion.
Here at the Creek both iOS and Android devices are working together very well. There will be more Fire & iOS discussions ahead as these new systems are integrated with existing ones. Stay tuned.