Amazon on Tuesday announced a major redesign of the Kindle Android app which is now meant to be more book-like and immersive while still providing users with a wide variety of customization options, extra tools, and additional features that they're already familiar with. The redesigned is currently being distributed to users in the form of an over-the-air update that still isn't available on a global level but should be live in all parts of the world shortly, Amazon said, without elaborating on the matter.
The most prominent addition to the new version of the app is a revamped interface meant to simulate book pages and covers in an effort to add an extra level of immersion to one's reading experience. The new aesthetic is evident even before launching the app as its icon lost the large orange "Kindle" title and now only features a slightly brighter illustration of a person reading a digital book. The light theme was also redesigned to a degree and is now more akin to a direct counterpart to the dark one with inverted colors. The Search bar has been moved to the main interface of the app so you don't have to tap the hamburger menu icon in the top left corner to access it anymore, with recommendations themselves not being featured as prominently in the Home section of the service. Book covers have also been enlargened to be more attention-grabbing and possibly even simulate the feeling of picking out a book from a shelf.
The old recommendations have been scrapped and their space is now occupied by a bottom navigation bar that contains shortcuts to your Library, Kindle Store, and Home interface, with its very center being dedicated to the book you're currently reading so that you're easily able to resume your session whenever you access the app. Some new artsy fonts are also part of the package, with the app as a whole becoming easier to navigate by virtue of the fact that it contains less sub-menus and most of its functionalities can now be accessed in up to two taps. The Kindle iOS app is also getting updated with Goodreads integration in the United States, with Amazon promising that Android users will be able to access the same online community from within the mobile platform at some point in the future.