Amazon Kindle gets first premium app – EA’s Scrabble for $4.99

September 24, 2010, By Thomas Antony

Amazon’s Kindle is a long way from getting a dedicated app store, but it took a small step in that direction today with the release of what is the first premium app on the platform, from a third-party publisher. Electronic Art’s Scrabble is now available for $4.99 and apparently, its selling like hot cakes.

The new game is sitting at number four on the Kindle bestseller list. It is now available for third and second generation Kindles as well as all generations of the Kindle DX. The application is rather simple, and doesn’t have anything fancy, like multiplayer gaming over WiFi. But it does support multiplayer gaming on the same Kindle, presumably with the device being passed between the players.
There have been a few apps released on the platform till now, but most of them have been free ones made by Amazon themselves. The rather slow refresh rate of the e-paper display as well as the slow processor, make it rather difficult to make fast-paced action games for the platform.

On the other hand, the Android version of Kindle has been getting quite a few updates, in the from of connectivity to Shelfari social networking site as well as inter-device synchronization of highlights and annotations.

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