Kindle owners could soon see Google Maps replaced by Amazon’s own offering

Amazon opens up own Maps API to Kindle developers

If Amazon’s own map API takes off, Google Maps could no longer be the standard for Kindle devices.

Amazon has announced that its map API is now open to all developers. It was first launched as a public beta in September, and since that time the retail giant says it has received a great deal of interest.

Amazon said that developers such as Hipmunk, Evernote, Trulia, and Zillow now use the Amazon Maps API on Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD.

Announced on the company’s official bog, Amazon’s Maps API is now part of the Amazon Mobile App SDK and has two core features – Interactive Maps and Customer Overlays.

We’ll be watching to see if Amazon has more success with its own Map application than Apple has. The iPhone maker came under heavy criticism by users when it decided to scrap Google Maps in favour of its own application, which had a number of bugs and failed to find critical cities and landmarks.

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