Amazon: 'Super-excited' about Kindle Fire roadmap

Amazon: 'Super-excited' about Kindle Fire roadmap

Summary: CFO Tom Szkutak said he was pumped about the Kindle Fire roadmap. Does that mean a new device is coming soon?


An Amazon executive didn't bite when asked about the Kindle Fire and how it needs a refresh, but did add that he was wound up about the roadmap for the device.

The company said in its second quarter earnings report that the Kindle Fire was still its best-selling item. However, The Kindle Fire is facing more competition from Google's Nexus 7-inch tablet.

Tom Szkutak, CFO of Amazon, was asked about the Kindle Fire, which an analyst noted "has been around for a while." Szkutak said:

We're very excited about both the hardware and the content side of the business. We think if you take a look at our devices, certainly it is very integrated, which is great for customers. We think it is an incredible experience. We've been very excited about the progress we've made so far from both the device and content standpoint and we are super-excited about the road map we have.

The big question revolves around when Amazon will reveal that Kindle Fire roadmap.


Topics: Tablets, Mobility, Tech Industry

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  • Meh. The current Fire is a useless brick. Proably soured a lot of people

    from ever wanting another piece of hw from amazon. Give me the Kindle app or the Nook app on a WP8 tablet over any hw from amazon any day. Very curious to see which oems are going to have the nicest 7" WP8 tablets this xmas.
    Johnny Vegas
  • Fire is hot

    I am very happy with my Fire. I use it for reading books and light web surfing. I don't have need for apps so its a great alternative to my I-pad which it too expensive to take everywhere. Emails work well so for$200 I am very happy. Using it right now!
  • Hope they do something about that UI

    The Kindle Fire is one of my favorite tablets. But I hate the carousel feature. Use app and it appears on the carousel. So to get to an app that you used a few days ago, you have to spin through the carousel to get to it, through all the clutter of your last used apps. TO get rid of the clutter, you have to individually remove each recently used app from the carousel. Of course, you can navigate to a more traditional page based list of apps, but that takes a little effort. The carousel is OK for looking through your books, but it needs to take a back page to a better home page design. Like the BB Playbook UI.
    • Using apps while avoiding the carousel

      It's not really much of an effort though. Touch 'Apps' and there's your list! You can sort it by Most recent, and if you used it just a few days ago, it'll be near the top. You can also sort it by title.
  • They best announce something quick ...

    ... before the Nexus7 eats their lunch. As it is, they're going to have to better the N7 or under cut it price-wise (or both)... and if they wait too long, people will wait until the unicorn (iPad mini) shows up.