What would you say to Amazon building an Android powered smartphone? Would you be interested? According to a report out of Bloomberg, Amazon has already pegged Foxconn as the builder, is trying to lock down patents for protection from you-know-who, and would allow them to add another device to their Kindle Fire approach of pricing low, but hoping to make tons of money in the end off of media sales. No other information was given, and as always, the sources are anonymous.
Personally, I’d welcome it with open arms. While I probably wouldn’t buy one myself, since Amazon completely butchers Android as on OS, look what the Kindle Fire did for the tablet market. Nexus 7, anyone? If Amazon were to take a similar approach with a smartphone, and say sell it unlocked for ultra cheap, could that potentially change a part of the industry again? Maybe.
The Kindle Fire has receiving a pretty big update in the form of 6.3.1 and for those worried about their privacy settings they are welcome changes. The biggest change is the ability to outright not use Amazon’s Silk Browser feature that lets pages load faster by letting Amazon do the heavy lifting beforehand. If you don’t want anyone in your browsing history then this is great for you. Amazon also added in content filters for libraries that might not be family oriented.
A Reading View has been added for the browser so if you want to focus on the words without all the distractions you can now do so and a few other tweaks have been put into the movie rental system and a few other applications as well. If you want to update your Fire manually hit the source link below, and they’ll have instructions waiting for you.
The Amazon Kindle Fire is today’s Warehouse deal, which means you can nab the to Android tablet (by a mile) for as little as $139. It’s refurbished, but since Amazon apparently did the dirty work, it comes “factory sealed” and is essentially as good as new. Ready to help the Kindle Fire continue dominate the non-iPad tablet market? It already has a 54% share of the Android tablet world.
In not-so-surprising fashion, Amazon’s Kindle Fire has been announced as the top dog in the U.S. Android tablet market according to the latest ComScore numbers. What is a bit surprising is that the device makes up for 54% of it. The Samsung Galaxy Tab family comes in at 2nd with around 15.4% share and no one else even cracks the double digit mark. So in 5 months, the $199 Fire has taken over and probably won’t bother to look back.
You can imagine that Google is doing whatever they can to prepare their $199 tablet for release, especially since the Kindle Fire isn’t necessarily looked at as an Android slate. Sure it runs Android, but you can’t tell since Amazon customized the heck out of it and uses their own app store. The price point is nice and hard to argue against though.
We covered the Fire a bit when it first launched, but got the feeling that many of you were not all that interested in and cut back. After looking at these numbers, I’d say that people actually are fairly interested in the device. So tell us, are you a Fire owner? (more…)
Today’s Gold Box deal over at Amazon features a shiny, refurbished Kindle Fire for as little as $139. Word on the street suggests that it comes with the original manufacturer warranty and all the protection that the new $199 Kindle Fire offers. Not a bad deal, right there. Some would even argue that these OEM refurb’d products are better than the originals as they have been tested thoroughly after being fixed. Not sure I completely buy that a brand spankin’ new product would be worse off than a refurbished one, but in this case, there don’t appear to be any negatives.
So if owning the top Android tablet that would lead you to believe that it isn’t even an Android tablet is on your list of must-haves, might want to consider this deal.
According to an analyst over at DisplaySearch, Google still has plans to produce and launch their very own 7″ tablet this year. Back in December, Eric Schmidt talked about Google’s thoughts on bringing a very “high quality” tablet to the market, which were then followed by rumors of a tablet that was to launch in direct competition with the Kindle Fire. The new report states that this Google-branded tablet would have a 1280×800 resolution and of course, ship with Ice Cream Sandwich. What is still unknown is if Google does have intentions on marketing the tab as a direct competitor to Amazon’s extremely popular and affordable Kindle Fire.
The report states that production of this Google slate will begin in April and roughly two million units will be produced. Fingers crossed that once we get closer to proposed production time we can get some leaks on processor specs and other little goodies.
A new report is showing that the Amazon Appstore is starting to fill the wallets of developers much more frequently since the release of the Kindle Fire. According to a mobile analytics firm called Distimo, the top 100 applications in the Appstore saw a fourteen-fold jump in downloads during the holiday season while Kindle Fires were being distributed to consumers. With the Kindle Fire gobbling up tablet market share, this should come as no surprise. (more…)
According to a note to clients from a Pacific Crest analyst regarding Amazon’s forecast for Kindle sales in 2012, the number has been greatly raised from $12.7 million to $14.9 million due to the future sale of a 9-inch model Kindle that will launch in mid-2012. Last year, there were reports circulating that Amazon did plan on launching two separate tablets at different times, so this shouldn’t be coming as too much of a surprise.
The previous “Hollywood” tablet was rumored to be a full 10 inches, but with the huge success that smaller tablets have been receiving, it could be possible that Amazon has decided to take a smaller approach or have decided to just push its launch back. Anyone feel that as long as Amazon can keep the price down like they have been doing, they should find more market success? Let us know.