Amazon released a pair of updates Tuesday to their popular universal iOS apps -- the Kindle app now lets you view pages two-up in landscape on the iPad, while the Amazon Mobile app makes price matching even easier by incorporating barcode scanning.
Amazon.com has been busy refreshing their iOS apps this week, and the results are now ready for all to download. First up is a 2.3.1 update to the Kindle e-book reader app, which now offers the ability to change the column display while in landscape mode.
“Choose between one and two column view in landscape on the iPad,” Amazon’s update notes reveal. “To change the column display, tap the screen to activate reading controls and tap the ‘Aa’ button to open View Options.”
iOS users who frequently shop Amazon.com will also be happy to hear the company has refreshed their Amazon Mobile app to version 1.2.8, which offers the ability to scan a barcode and instantly search the Amazon catalog from your iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS running iOS 4.0 or higher.
TUAW tried it out on three products they had on hand and noted “the app identified the product each time without trouble.” We happened to be in a Target store Tuesday night and tried the barcode scanning for ourselves; an item for sale in the store for $24.99 popped up on Amazon for only $16.79, which is quite a bargain when coupled with free Amazon Prime shipping and no sales tax in our particular state.
Both apps are universal, offering the best experience for the iPhone/iPod touch as well as the iPad, although features such as barcode scanning via Amazon Mobile won’t be available on your iPad since it lacks a camera in the first place. Head to iTunes and update (or download) them today!