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Amazon this evening has released a relatively major update to its Kindle app on Android. The update bumps the app to version 4.8 and packs a handful of notable new features, some of which have been available on the iOS side of things for over two years now.

First off, the update adds X-Ray support for books and textbooks. X-Ray is a feature that allows users to easily discover more information about characters, places, and terms in what they are reading. The update also adds flashcard support to textbooks in an effort to help users study. This feature essentially creates bookmarks outside of the content for reviewing information on specific characters, places, or topics. It uses data from the X-Ray feature of the app to automatically create the flashcards.

The update also contains a variety of other improvements and enhancements, including push notification support, improved library search, and the ability to control audio playback while reading in the Kindle app. The update is available on the Play Store now and the full changelog is below:

4.8.0 – What’s New

  • Use X-Ray for Books and Textbooks to look up places, characters and terms
  • Receive push notifications from Kindle – customize your experience in Settings
  • Improved library search
  • Make flashcard sets to review textbook material
  • Control audiobook playback while reading the Kindle book
  • Several experience improvements and bug fixes

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