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EA, Zynga, PopCap Headline New Kindle Fire Partnerships

EA, Zynga, PopCap Headline New Kindle Fire Partnerships

November 9, 2011 | By Kyle Orland

Amazon's Kindle Fire will include support for "several thousand" of the most popular Android apps when it launches November 15, including games from the likes of Zynga, EA, Gameloft, PopCap, Rovio and more.

Amazon's $199 tablet runs on a modified version of the Android OS that only supports apps offered through the company's Amazon Android Marketplace, which currently lists over 3,600 games among nearly 20,000 total apps.

Current game offerings on that Marketplace include popular titles such as Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies, Peggle, Cut the Rope, Doodle Jump, Fruit Ninja, Age of Zombies, Pac-Man, Drift Mania and Jenga.

The company says it tests all apps in the App Marketplace for compatibility with the Fire, and Fire users will be able to purchase games and apps directly using Amazon's 1-click technology. Amazon will also continue to offer one paid app as a free offer each day, the company said.

"As Gameloft continues to create games for the mass market, Kindle Fire comes as a very exciting new platform for us to offer our games on," said Gameloft VP for American publishing Baudouin Corman in a statement.

"Teaming with Amazon to make Words With Friends a featured game on the Kindle Fire provides us with a great way to reach new and existing players on a fresh and exciting device," Zynga chief mobile officer David Ko said.

Amazon also announced Fire support for popular streaming media services Netflix, Rhapsody and Pandora, as well as social networks Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn.

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