In May we were told to “stay tuned” by Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos regarding the company's rumoured tablet offering.
We also heard reports that the slate would be shipping in the second half of the year.
Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the unnamed 9in Android tablet will ship in October and will position itself in direct competition with Apple’s iPad. In addition to competing on a purely hardware basis, Amazon will have its suite of services (appstore, books, films etc) pre-installed on the tablet to compete with Apple’s ecosystem.
With Amazon recently winning the right to retain the Appstore moniker for its Android app portal, the Seattle company could be feeling buoyant about its chances of taking a considerable slice of the tablet market. What flavour of Android will be running on the tablet is unknown, though if we were pushed we would guess the slate will come running Android Honeycomb skinned with Amazon’s own software. Sources also suggest that unlike most current tablets, the Amazon device will not have an inbuilt camera.
The sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal also claimed that two updated versions of the Kindle will be coming in the third quarter of this year. Both will still feature the black-and-white e-ink screen but one is set to have a touchscreen.
We are heading along to an Amazon event next week, where it will be showcasing products due for release for Christmas and we could get a glimpse at the new tablet and/or the new Kindles. So make sure you check back in to find out what we discover.
Source: Wall street Journal