Sony Reader for Android Now Available

A while back I posted about a Sony Reader app for iPhone and Android coming in December. I checked back in December and saw a new image indicating it would be available in January instead. January being nearly over, the app is now available, at least on Android.

Some of the highlights:

  • Create and edit bookmarks and highlights in books
  • Includes 3 Classic titles and 3 excerpts from Bestsellers
  • Adjustable Font sizes
  • Sync reading position, bookmarks, and highlights to Reader Daily Edition (PRS-950SC with firmware 2.0)

Is the Sony Reader app ready to compete with the Kindle and Nook apps already available? We’ll have to see. I tried to install the app, searching everywhere for it. I started from my phone in the Android Market, then tried using my browser to download directly from Sony. Finally I got on my computer to search. That’s when I found the problem. This app is available for Froyo and beyond. That’s right. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 users need not apply. You can’t use a Sony app. Eventually I’ll install a Froyo Rom on my phone and test this app out, but until it is stable I’ll have to watch from the sidelines. While this minimum OS requirement will not be a problem for the forthcoming Xperia Arc, it seems like an ill-timed slight for X10 fans who recently learned there will be no official Froyo upgrade. Hopefully this will be addressed, though it is unlikely.

If you’ve been looking forward to viewing your Sony Reader content on your phone, and you have Froyo, go ahead and enjoy the app. iPhone users will get their app soon. You can follow the download link here. For the rest of us, there is always the Kindle, Nook, or Google Book app for our reading pleasure.

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