For folks in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Korea and now Japan, Kindle is not the king of e-book reader apps. For quite some time now, Google’s own Google Play Books app has been competing with the Kindle app for Android. And this competition is about to heat up anew as Google just updated its Android app. The updated Google Play Books app is bringing in some new features which according to Google will give you far better reading experience on your Android devices using the Google Play Books app. New to the app is the ability to learn more about geographic location via an info card with a Google Map or by searching on Google or Wikipedia. There’s also an improved translation functionality whereby you can switch the translation of words or phrases from one language to another and an easier to highlight text and take notes while reading a book. Highlighted text and notes are automatically sync on your tablet, smartphone or on the web. Other features of the updated Google Play books Android app include – new sepia reading theme, 2D sliding page turn animation, stability improvements and the ability to read Japanese books vertically, right-to-left layout, as well as flip pages from right to left. Google Play Books app is available now as a freed download from Google Play.