On Tuesday, Amazon released a final version of its Amazon Maps API. This will allow developers to use Amazon’s mapping service as opposed to Google’s. They’ll be able to add map functionality to their Kindle Fire applications with all the standard bells and whistles such as zooming, multiple layers and customizable overlays.
This is all part of Amazon’s agenda to distance itself from Google. Amazon wants Kindle Fire customers to rely solely on Amazon for all their cloud storage, email, media and navigation needs. Of course there’s nothing stopping Kindle Fire users from going to the Google Maps mobile site, but it’ll be up to developers to take that extra step out of the equation.
The Amazon Maps API has also been added to the Amazon Mobile App SDK. Developers should have everything they need to get started.