The Kindle Web-browser expanded to 52 more countries?
It looks as if Jay Marine, director of product management for Kindle, was serious when he was reported to have said that Amazon does intend to enable its experimental browser in every countryAmazon
I had wondered when I read posts from Kindle-owners in other countries that their Kindles were suddenly enabled to use the Experimental Web browser, if that was because in setting up the new software update, they may have inadvertently enabled the web browser for other countries other than the U.S., Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico?
This happened with Canada the first few days when the Kindles were sold there.
But the country-specific features-information at the time for Canada at the Kindle International product page did show Canada not enabled for the web-browser.
I noticed that at Slashgear the U.K. writer says:
‘…we’ve also just tested the web browser on our Kindle in the UK – which previously was restricted to viewing Wikipedia – and it seems Amazon has unlocked the 3G connection so that you can now view any site. ‘
Today, there are about 52 more countries with product-page feature descriptions which no longer list them as not having the web-browser disabled for Kindles bought for use in those countries — only blogs are disabled, as it’s been for the International Kindles all along.
The wording for countries with the web browser disabled tends to be:
“Blogs, social networking features, and the experimental web browser are currently not available for your country. You will have free access to Wikipedia if wireless is available. “
(The ‘social networking features’ are new and that feature isn’t often mentioned for the possibly affected countries.)
I would appreciate any corrections from people who know more, for any of the 56 countries/areas listed on the the preliminary countries listing pending confirmation by Amazon and let me know any I may have missed.
Among the 56 countries seemingly now enabled to use the web browser are Canada, the UK, and Italy.
Along with the web-browser feature, some European customers are reporting that some books that are free to U.S. residents are now also free to them rather than ~$2.00 as they have been.
AGAIN, Amazon has not confirmed ANY of this and it may all be the result of a system glitch on their country product-pages for all I know.
Editor’s note: the above is reprinted, with permission, from Andrys Basten’s Kindle World blog. PB