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Amazon’s ridiculously hyped Kindle Fire tablet will launch next week with apps from Netflix, Facebook, Rovio, Electronic Arts, PopCap and more, with several thousand apps available in total, the company announced.

The Kindle Fire, like the Nook Color and some other Android-based tablets, doesn’t have access to the Android Marketplace, so it must provide a separate channel for apps. Thankfully, Amazon already has its own Amazon Appstore for Android, which has been accumulating apps since March.

Big-name apps that will be available on day one and run on the Kindle Fire include Angry Birds, Bloomberg, Cut the Rope, Doodle Jump, Fruit Ninja, IMDb Movies & TV, Jenga, LinkedIn, Pandora, Plants vs Zombies, Pulse, Quickoffice Pro, Twitter, The Weather Channel and Zillow.

Launching with support from such heavy hitters will help keep the Kindle Fire more competitive in the apps department against the Apple iPad 2 and Android tablets that can access the Android marketplace. The apps should also help keep the tablet at the top of consumers’ minds in the face of the B&N Nook Tablet launch, which will begin shipping just a few days after the Kindle Fire launches.

The Kindle Fire launches Nov. 15 and runs $199. It will feature a 7-inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution, TI OMAP4 dual-core processor and 8GB of on-board storage.

Your move, Nook Tablet.


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