The tech world has been buzzing about Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablet this morning, which just so happens to be running a custom version of Android. At just $199 and with access to all of Amazon’s services including Prime, music, cloud storage, books and magazines, this may be one of the most influential tablets to see the light of day.
With that said, we are seeing a pretty mixed reaction from readers in the comments this morning and want to get a better feel for this device. It’s running Android (possibly 2.3 or 2.1 depending on who you ask), but you almost can’t tell since Amazon has customized every last ounce of it. Some of you are into it as a nice media device, yet others are a little turned off by the fact that it’s not really an Android tablet and lacks a camera. Oh, we are also pretty sure that it won’t have the official Android Market and will instead utilize Amazon’s Appstore (not surprising by the way).
So tell us, are you planning to buy one?
The new Amazon Kindle Fire was just announced at $199 as one of, if not the most affordable and deeply integrated Android tablets ever built. It will ship on November 15, but future Fire owners can pre-order the device right now. Amazon’s product page for their shiny new tablet includes every last detail you could have ever dreamed of including full specs, the multiple Amazon services it will use, and a quick video overview. (more…)
Most of the mystery was out of the bag on Monday when a report surfaced, but everything is now official. Amazon has introduced the Kindle Fire as their next tablet. It has a 7″ IPS display, dual-core processor, Gorilla Glass, access to all of Amazon’s media services (books, magazines, cloud storage, music, etc.), Amazon Prime for movies/tv/shopping/etc., and does not require a cable for syncing. It’s Android, but from what we can tell, is so customized that you won’t actually know that unless you are an uber-nerd like us. This is looking like quite the player and actually has us a little excited about a tablet for the first time in a while. Price hasn’t been announced at the Kindle event just yet, but Bloomberg is reporting that it will be just $199. Update: Price is now official at $199.
You can pre-order it today – it ships on November 15. (more…)
Earlier today on Android Life, I wrote about a tablet being lit aflame by a flamethrower, but this is a whole different story. According to TechCrunch, Amazon is going to announce their hotly anticipated tablet, and it will be named the Kindle ‘Fire.’ This may be to differentiate itself from other Kindles, which will still be on sale before and after this tablet launches in November.
According to the report, this tablet is made by the same company that made the Playbook so it will resemble the BB tablet closely but it will definitely run Android. It is said to have a TI dual-core OMAP processor in it just like most tablets these days but we aren’t sure of the clock speed just quite yet. Other juicy details of the tablet include the rumor that Amazon has been inking deals with all sorts of media providers, TV studios and book publishers prior to launch. The tablet will rely heavily on Amazon’s MP3 store and their e-book library as well. All sounds well and good right?
So far, the Fire has been said to be based off of Android 2.1 for some odd reason. Yes all the specs seem to sound good but building off an old version of Android is a questionable call. And the fact that so far, the Fire doesn’t seem to have a native email client is harkening back to it’s Playbook roots.
This tablet is going to go into a heated war against the Nook 2 which has been rumored to be launching soon as well. But we’ll have to wait until Wednesday, during Amazon’s press conference to see how, or if, the Fire will catch on.
A huge report filed by TechCrunch, has all the goods on Amazon’s new 7″ tablet being released this winter. The tablet, entitled simply as the “Amazon Kindle“, will run at $250, and will even run a completely redesigned interface. That’s right – no Gingerbread, and no Honeycomb.
We have known that Amazon has had plans to release two tablets, one 7″ inch, and one 10″ inch. It is said that if the new, full color, back-lit Kindle does well on the market, then Amazon could, and might possibly release the 10″ in Q1 of 2012. (more…)
The Amazon Kindle app on Android hit version 3.0.0 today, which is fitting, especially since the update brings it into compatibility with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). A new layout for newspapers and magazines is introduced along with a seamlessly integrated shopping experience, all of which were designed for tablets and larger screened devices. The Amazon team also tossed in the ability to pause and resume downloads, made it easier to look up words, and decided that Germans might like reading books too.
I’d show you a bunch of screenshots, but my XOOM has decided to hate this update and will not allow the app to fully display or view pages others than the main landing screen. And apparently, I’m not the only one with this problem. Hoping for a fix! In the mean time, you’ll have to enjoy the picture above that I stole from Mr. Kameka over at Androinica.
Ready to get your Android Kindle on? Amazon has finally released the Kindle app to the Android Market in hopes of satisfying all of your mobile book reading needs.
As you may have guessed, this app allows you to access all of your previous Kindle purchases, works in both landscape and portrait mode, and most importantly, let’s you act like a Kindle owner without actually purchasing one.
The free Android Kindle app was announced this morning and book lovers are throwing parties across the globe. And what should make readers of this site even happier is the photo of the Motorola Droid front and center on their campaign to spread the news. (Yay!)
Introducing Kindle for Android
Free Android app for reading allows customers to enjoy over 540,000 Kindle books on Android phones; Amazon offers Kindle apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac, PC, BlackBerry and, soon, Android
SEATTLE, May 18, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) —Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that Kindle for Android, the free application that lets readers around the world enjoy Kindle books on their Android phones, is coming this summer. Kindle for Android enables customers to discover and read from over 540,000 books in the Kindle Store — the largest selection of the most popular books that people want to read — including New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases from $9.99. Like all Kindle apps, Kindle for Android will include Amazon’s Whispersync technology, which saves and synchronizes a customer’s bookmarks across their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac, BlackBerry and, soon, Android, so customers always have their reading material with them and never lose their place. Kindle is the most wished for, most gifted and #1 bestselling product on Amazon.com.
“Kindle for Android is the perfect companion application for Kindle and Kindle DX owners, and is also a great way for customers to enjoy over 540,000 books in the Kindle Store even if they don’t yet have a Kindle,” said Jay Marine, director, Amazon Kindle. “We think customers are going to love the convenience and simplicity of having instant access to a massive selection of books from Amazon on their Droid, Nexus, Incredible and many more Android devices.”
Android owners can take advantage of the features that customers love about Kindle and Kindle app experience, including:
- Search more than 540,000 books, including 96 of 110 New York Times Bestsellers, plus tens of thousands of the most popular classics for free directly from their Android device. Bestsellers such as “Backlash” by Aaron Allston, “Big Girl” by Danielle Steel, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, and “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown, and hundreds of thousands of other popular books are $9.99 or less in the Kindle Store
- Browse by genre or author, and take advantage of all the features that customers enjoy in the Kindle Store, including Amazon.com customer reviews, personalized recommendations and editorial reviews
- Access their library of previously purchased Kindle books storedon Amazon’s servers for free
- Synchronize last page read between their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac, BlackBerry and, soon, Android
- Choose from five different font sizes
- Read the beginning of books for free before they decide to buy
- Read in portrait or landscape mode, tap on either side of the screen or flick to turn pages
Customers can see a sneak peak and sign up to receive an e-mail when Kindle for Android is available at http://www.amazon.com/kindleforandroid.
Details from Amazon…(after the jump!) (more…)