Hurdle to webOS Tablet Adoption: No Kindle App

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.

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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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  • kindle app

    I would imagine HP is probably working behind the scenes to bring a Kindle app to WebOS. As an example the original Pre came with an Amazon Music purchasing app, so they have a history of collaboration. Otherwise like you said, it would make the slate a lot less desirable.
    thejalapeno
  • 2 major inaccuracies in your blog

    [i]Tablets are ideal for ebook reading[/i]

    Ideal? Um. No. From the battery life being [b]WAY[/b] too short to having exactly the wrong type of screen, tablets are sometimes going to be [b]convenient[/b] but far from ideal. 40% of iPad owners rushed out to buy a dedicated eBook reader because iPads sucked so much for reading.

    [i]Unfortunately, the list of supported devices and platforms (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, iPad)[/i]

    You missed WP7, Windows, and OS X.
    NonZealot
    • RE: Hurdle to webOS Tablet Adoption: No Kindle App

      @NonZealot Took the list of Mobile platforms from Amazon's site, and you're right, they missed WP7 just released.
      JamesKendrick
    • reading

      @NonZealot
      most reading occurs indoors, that's why a lot of people read on the ipad. true, it sucks for reading outdoors as any lcd device. problem with your assumption that people rushed to buy e-readers is that we don't have any real sales numbers from any of the e-reader manufacturers. hmm, why is that?

      p.s. kindle is available for osx
      banned from zdnet
      • I'm making absolutely no assumptions

        @banned from zdnet
        [i]problem with your assumption that people rushed to buy e-readers is that we don't have any real sales numbers[/i]

        I'm not assuming anything. 40% of iPad owners did rush out to buy a Kindle. That is a fact.

        [i]p.s. kindle is available for osx[/i]

        Yes. I wrote that. What is your point?
        NonZealot
    • lies, damned lies

      @NonZealot ((( "40% of iPad owners rushed out to buy a dedicated eBook reader because iPads sucked so much for reading." )))

      You're misreading the statistic. Those people had e-readers first, and rushed to buy an iPad because it was vastly more capable.
      buddhistMonkey
  • "Buy once, read everywhere"

    That's on Amazon's Kindle web site. It'll be there soon enough if Amazon keeps to its currant path. Why do you think Amazon is going to change its business plan?
    oncall
  • Software Support

    Software support in general is probably the biggest obsticle for webOS right now. I really hope that HP's announcement in February includes news that they have signed up at least a few of the big-name developers that currently are missing from the platform. Kindle is an obvious one and I also think they really need Netflix and Hulu support as well.
    JeffGr
  • RE: Hurdle to webOS Tablet Adoption: No Kindle App

    "list of supported devices and platforms (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, iPad)"<br><br>Where's Windows Phone 7?
    illegaloperation
  • Jon Rubenstein and Amazon

    You are probably aware that Jon Rubenstein recently joined Amazon's board, right? Go figure the implications....<br><br>But all the same, whilst I agree that bringing on key apps and developers is vital, I am not so sure that the Kindle app is so vital at all. Perhaps for the smaller and lighter tablet that is being released in Sept, but there is plenty of time to develop a reading app for that....
    babak76567