Updated Kindle Android App Supports KF8 Files (Which Means More Pretty Pictures)

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Amazon’s Kindle team seems have had their hands full these past few days — a Retina Display-friendly update was just pushed to the iOS App Store last week, and now the Android version is getting a nice little bump too.

One of the biggest additions to this build is support for Amazon’s relatively new KF8 ebook file format. Originally revealed back in October 2011 (and officially released this January), KF8 allows publishers and content creators greater flexibility when it comes to text formatting and image integration into ebooks.

With support for those KF8 files firmly in place, the updated Android Kindle app can access more of Amazon’s selection of comic books, graphic novels, and image-heavy children’s books — there’s plenty for parents, children, and otaku alike to enjoy here. On top of that, Amazon notes that “thousands” of other titles will now benefit from richer formatting since the app displaying them can finally interpret all the HTML5 and CSS-based layout tweaks KF8 files are privy to.

Also tucked away in the new update is the ability for users to send documents directly to their devices by emailing them to their “Send-to-Kindle” email address. Yeah, it’s not exactly groundbreaking — iOS Kindle users could do this in December — but it’s always nice to see feature parity between platforms.

The new update is live in the Google Play Store right now, and if you’re already a Kindle for Android user, all these goodies can be yours with a single touch.