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Amazon updates Kindle app for Android gadgets

/ Source: The Associated Press

Amazon said Thursday it has added new features to its free Kindle application for cell phones and other mobile gadgets powered by Google's Android software.

While Amazon offers a stand-alone Kindle e-reader for reading books, newspapers and magazines, it is also trying to win market share in the digital book business by allowing customers to buy and read Kindle editions on other types of devices.

The Android app will now allow users to search the text of Kindle e-edition books, as well as Wikipedia, by voice or text. It will also allow users to lock the screen view in portrait or landscape mode.