Amazon calls press conference: Tablet on deck?

Amazon calls press conference: Tablet on deck?

Summary: The company has called a press conference next Wednesday in New York. Sounds like it's tablet time.


It appears that Amazon may be prepping the launch of its long rumored and reported tablet.

The company has called a press conference next Wednesday in New York. Traditionally, Amazon holds its new Kindle unveilings in the Big Apple. This year may just include the fabled Amazon tablet.

Talk of an Amazon tablet has been rampant of late. In fact, the Kindle Tablet may be one of the worst kept secrets in the tech industry. Specs have been reported by TechCrunch and Forrester is already projecting how many units will ship.

Sarah Rotman Epps, a senior analyst at Forrester Research, argues that Amazon can launch a tablet priced below $300, then Amazon will likely sell three to five million tablets in the fourth quarter of 2011 alone — that is if we even see it this year.

Amazon's plan will be to wrap its music, video and other services into subsidized bundle via a tablet.


Topics: Tablets, Amazon, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • RE: Amazon calls press conference: Tablet on deck?

    Again, it is just an ereader.
  • hmm

    Another tablet that's supposed to destroy the iPad... and it's not even out yet.... yawn
  • RE: Amazon calls press conference: Tablet on deck?

    I've been pretty dismissive of the whole "fragmentation" angle on criticisms of Android, because I feel that hardware fragmentation is actually a strength as much as a weakness. However, OS fragmentation is another matter. If we start to see tablets come to markey with tweaked Operating Systems designed to inhabit their own application ecosystem, then that could potentially sink the Android experiment. Barnes & Noble may have created the blueprint for this with their Nook Color, but they are too small a player to really divide the market. But if Amazon delivers a tablet that only installs Amazon App store apps, and barnes & Noble delivers a tablet that only install B&N store apps and Sony delivers a tablet that plays playstation titles taht other tablets cannot, then we're heading into a territory where application developers need to develop not just for mutiple devices with the same OS, but multiple devices and forking OS implementations (not just legacy devices with an older OS version) and mutiple app market and developer requirements. That spells trouble, IMHO.
    • Correct me if I am wrong..

      @dsf3g ...but aren't many if not most apps moving to web based rather than local? Sure, we need a handful of local apps for those times when connectivity is not available, but for most a browser based app should work just fine. If so, then the whole "App Store" concept might be pretty short lived and it won't matter what OS your tablet runs.
      • You're corrected..

        @itpro_z <br><br>There's no comparison between native apps and the web apps/and services. And it wont be for a while, if ever on mobile. Mobile OS evolution will continue to outpace the slow rate at which HTML Web standards evolve, according to Gartner. What is it, 500,000 native apps on iOS vs a handful of HTML5 and web apps? <br><br>Native apps will always be more robust than Web apps, taking advantage of more robust programming languages and API's. Deeper integrations of the device like accelerometers, video capabilities, cameras and location-based services/GPS. Web apps and services are dependent on internet connection and speed. Internet goes down, you don't gain access. Web apps also lacks the polish user experience of native apps. <br><br>Games are the #1 downloaded app on mobile platforms like iOS. I just don't see the web replacing this stat on mobile devices. Who wants to play crappy games in a browser when they can download much more robust games directly to their devices, and it don't need a connection just to play.<br><br>HTML5 and other web apps will continue to improve but will never outpace development rate of native apps.
      • RE: Amazon calls press conference: Tablet on deck?


        There's stil a loooong way to go before cloud computing edges out local storage and local apps. For once thing, mobile internet connectivity needs to be fast, ubiquitous and cheap. Maybe in 10 to 15 years, but not today.
  • Nook Color clone

    Nook Color Android-based tablet/eReader from Barnes & Noble has been on the market for over a year and sold millions of units at $250. Gives Flash, apps, videos, color magazines and ebooks with video inserts, and the best anti-glare coated screen on the market. Technology "leader" Amazon is finally catching up with the book store company by copying their device.
    Kindle only supports eBooks in its proprietary AZW format. Nook, on the other hand, supports both DRM-protected and DRM-free ebooks in ePub format thus it supports ebooks from B&N store, from any other DRM-free source on the web, and from public libraries.
    If you walk in with the Nook to Barnes & Noble store, you???re allowed to read any available eBook for free while in the store via free provided in the store Wi-Fi.
    Nook Color has several apps that already come with the device (Pandora Internet radio, QuickOffice, etc.) and hundreds of other apps are available for download. Also, you can use the Social Settings screen to link your NOOK Color to your Facebook account and your Twitter account. You can also import all your contacts from your Google Gmail account. Once you have linked to Facebook and Twitter and set up email contacts, you can lend and borrow books, recommend books, and share favorite quotes with your friends. Nook store has over 2 million of paid books and about the same number of free public domain books.
  • RE: Amazon calls press conference: Tablet on deck?

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