Everyone who pre-ordered a Kindle Fire tablet can exhale, a Netflix app will be available at launch. And so will Facebook, Pandora, Rhapsody, and several others, Amazon confirmed today. We tend to take popular apps for granted, but when Amazon failed to specifically mention Netflix, and then Barnes & Noble announced its Nook Tablet with Netflix support, some people who pre-ordered a Kindle Fire began to panic. Turns out Amazon was just waiting for the right moment.
"We started talking to app developers everywhere the day we introduced Kindle Fire, and the response has been overwhelming," said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. "In addition to over 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, and magazines from Amazon, we are excited to offer customers thousands of apps and games to choose from on Kindle Fire - from Pandora and Rhapsody to Facebook and Twitter to Netflix, as well as popular games from EA, Zynga and many other top game developers. And this is only the beginning - we're adding more apps and games every day across all categories.
As for Netflix, Amazon promises a "great viewing experience." You'll be able to browse and instantly watch unlimited TV shows and movies, and resume watching where you left off on your TV or computer (this all assumes you're a Netflix subscriber, of course).
The Kindle Fire will also support Amazon's daily "paid" Android app it gives away as a free download each day at the Amazon Appstore.