Amazon updates Kindle for Windows Phone 8 to include fast app resume, new Live tile and more

Microsoft has a fairly strong ecosystem when it comes to content. You’ve got Xbox Music and Video for your entertainment needs. However, there’s no solid reading ecosystem in place with them. Which is fine, because Amazon’s Kindle platform is tough to beat in both price and convenience. With Kindle you’re also buying into an ecosystem where your content is available on nearly any device you can think of – including Windows Phone. The app for Windows Phone was just updated today. Let’s check out what’s new.

The last update for Kindle on Windows Phone came out nearly a year ago last January. With it came support for double wide tiles and resolution support for higher-end devices. However, it lacked fast-app resume and other features we’d like to see in a Kindle app on Windows Phone. That was update 2.0, so what’s new in version that just came out today?

  • Fast app resume
  • Live tile with book progress
  • New wide tile image
  • Fixed: books loading blank pages
  • Fixed: Kindle Store links

Fast app resume is finally here in the app. Which is something we’ve been wanting for nearly a year. It works as advertised and we haven’t had any issues with it during the few moments we spent poking around the app. The new live tile with book progress is nice. It’s a feature that helps show off the strengths of the Windows Phone platform and we’re glad to see it come to Kindle. The app also has some bug fixes pertaining to the app previously loading black pages and broken Kindle Store links.

Download the update and let us know what you think!

Amazon Kindle for Windows Phone is free and available in the Windows Phone Store. You can also use the QR code below to download it or swipe to the right in our app.  

Thanks for the tip David!

Sam Sabri