Monday, November 5, 2012

Kobo updates its iOS and Android reading apps

Toronto-based Kobo Inc. today updated its apps for both Apple's iOS and Google's Android platforms.

The universal iOS app update includes support for the new iPhone 5 and iPod touch with its larger screen. There are also new reading menus on the iPhone app, as well.

For the most part, the app update improves loading times, bookmarks and general performance improvements, as well as fixes bugs.

The Kobo blog highlights the improvements to the Android app, as well: "Along with Fixed Layout ePub support, we’ve jammed in more amazing features to make the reading experience even better. Selecting text is a breeze and now you can highlight in four different colours for colour coded notes."

Kobo will be releasing a new 7-inch tablet later this month called the Kobo Arc. The tablet will sport a display with a 1280 x 800 HD resolution display at 215 ppi, a 720p front-facing camera for video calls, and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM.

The tablet will run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and Kobo promises a software update to 4.1 (Jelly Bean) "within a few months time." The tablet will be priced at $299.99.

Kobo last month acquired the digital publishing platform Aquafadas, a French company. One way Kobo could encourage developers to think about their platform would be to offer the Aquafadas tools for free for apps to run on their tablets, but to date there has been no word of any move in this direction.