Hurdle to webOS Tablet Adoption: No Kindle App

Summary:HP/Palm is getting set to unveil the anticipated line of webOS tablets in just a few weeks, but there's something missing that is going to impact adoption.

HP/Palm is getting set to unveil the anticipated line of webOS tablets in just a few weeks, but there's something missing that is going to impact adoption. I believe webOS is a great platform for tablets, with a true multitasking environment optimized for touch operation. But there is one app missing from the platform that may impact consumer adoption -- the Kindle app.

Tablets are ideal for ebook reading, and Amazon was quick to produce the Kindle app for every major mobile platform. Unfortunately, the list of supported devices and platforms (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, iPad) is still missing webOS. This will impede HP's webOS tablets to compete at launch with other tablets. Amazon has bypassed the webOS platform so far and has not indicated plans to change that. Most likely if HP gets a solid launch with webOS tablets Amazon may take another look at producing a Kindle app for them. Or maybe Kindle is a surprise that HP has planned for Feb. 9? Hopefully that won't be too late.

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Mobility

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James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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