We already know that Dell’s Mini 5 handheld runs the Google Android operating system. We’ve seen the custom interface and lovely 800 x 480 resolution of the 5″ display. And based on FCC testing, it’s a safe bet that the device will support AT&T’s network when it lands later this year. But far more exciting is the internal Dell promotional documents that Engadget posted today. Oh, there’s nothing new in the way of specifications or hardware details — unless different device colors are your thing. There’s news of some software that has me more jazzed. According to the promo bits, the Mini 5 (aka: Streak) will offer several Amazon services. The Amazon MP3 store was to be expected since that’s already on several Android devices. Amazon Video on Demand and an Amazon Kindle app are new and just what the doctor ordered.
Amazon’s video streaming service already supports some mobile devices, but this is the first mention of Android. It’s not yet clear if video will be streamed over the web to the Dell device — which would be nice — or if you’ll just transfer video files to the handheld for local viewing. The latter solution is offered today and I’m guessing that’s the likely scenario here. Then again, Amazon may have integrated some type of variable rate streaming solution that adapts to the wireless throughput available while watching a movie. Either that or perhaps the streaming solution would be limited to Wi-Fi connections only. I’m still thinking it’s just local playback, but we’ll have to see.
An Amazon Kindle app for the Mini 5 doesn’t leave much in the way of guessing though. If true, it means that Amazon is ready to bring its digital bookstore and content to the Android platform. That’s long overdue in the eyes of many and may put to rest the question of why there’s no Kindle app for Android devices. Amazon simply can’t afford to ignore Android and the momentum it has. Every device that has a Kindle app is another revenue opportunity for Amazon to sell more content — with Android’s market share rising at a faster rate than any other mobile platform, why wouldn’t you want to support it? If this pans out, a Kindle for Android title would join Apple’s iPhone and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry platforms for mobile e-book reading.
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