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Wall Street Journal Releases Kindle Fire-Only App

Add the Wall Street Journal to the list of publishers releasing apps exclusively for the Kindle Fire.

The Wall Street Journal (NSDQ: NWS) app is free in the Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) Appstore. Users can purchase a WSJ digital subscription for $17.99 per month from within the app, which includes access to and all WSJ smartphone and tablet apps.

Condé Nast and the Weather Channel created Fire-specific apps for the device’s launch. And Amazon author Tim Ferriss released a Fire-only app to promote his upcoming book The Four-Hour Chef (though he says iOS and Android versions are coming).

Our mobile editor, Tom Krazit, argued last month that the Kindle Fire may create a fragmentation problem for Android, as developers focus their attention on creating Fire-exclusive apps rather than apps for other Android tablets. The Kindle Fire runs a forked version of Android that other tablets do not use. While apps designed for it may run on other Android tablets, they are designed for the Fire’s 7-inch screen and won’t look the same elsewhere.

Since the Kindle Fire already appears to be the second bestselling tablet after the iPad–and since, unlike iTunes, it allows in-app purchases–we’re likely to see publishers release more Fire-specific apps in coming months. They may delay apps for newer versions of Android, or simply decide that they aren’t worth it.

One Response to “Wall Street Journal Releases Kindle Fire-Only App”

  1. When I first saw the title I was wondering why it stated “Kindle Only Wall Street Journal App” when there’s one for the iPad. You’re referring to as far as the Android platform goes correct.. so the title is a little misleading.