Not to be outdone by the recently announced Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble and its access to apps such as Netflix and Pandora, Amazon has issued a press release reiterating that their own Kindle Fire will have “thousands” of apps to choose from at launch. Yes, that includes big names like Netflix, Pandora, and The Weather Channel as well as games from EA, Zynga, and PopCap.
The Kindle Fire’s app library will be culled from Amazon’s Android App Store, though it is unclear the extent of the store’s offerings that will be available for the e-reader/tablet, nor is it clear if the Kindle Fire will compatible with all Android apps across the board. What is clear is that offers such as Amazon’s Free App of the Day will carry over to the Kindle Fire, and any apps purchased for the device via an Amazon account will be available for all Android devices a user owns.
The Kindle Fire, which is available November 15th, is based off of Android Gingerbread and will most likely utilize scaling to display apps designed for smartphones on the tablet’s larger 7-inch screen. As has been the case with other slates of a similar size, scaling isn’t always the most elegant solution. Likely we will start to see apps custom designed for the Kindle Fire at a later date.