According to an estimate by research firm IHS iSupply, Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet costs about $209.63 to produce. That's $10 more than the surprisingly low retail price that Amazon announced of $199 and not quite as a bad as the $50 loss per tablet that analysts have suggested previously.
Amazon sent out invitations last week for a press event this Wednesday and although the company did not specify the agenda, all speculation pointed to the unveiling of the much anticipated Amazon tablet. TechCrunch claims that its sources have confirmed that the event will indeed be for unveiling the slate and they've also revealed some additional details.
Amazon is reportedly considering a subscription-based ebook service, in effect a Netflix-for-readers, which would charge an annual fee for content access. The scheme would initially be part of Amazon's Prime scheme, customers of which currently get unlimited two-day shipping and streaming access to the retailer's digital TV and movie library, the WSJ reports, although the response from publishers Amazon is in talks with has apparently been mixed.
One of the two long-rumored Amazon tablets has been shown to TechCrunch for some hands-on time under the condition that no photos be revealed. This is the first time we've gotten more concrete details and specs on what the first Amazon tablet has to offer. Unfortunately, it's sounding much less like an iPad-killer and more like a super-charged Kindle ready to take on the Nook Color.
Amazon's Android App Store is gearing up for a grand opening any day now. And to show that they're serious about taking up the Android market, they've even scored an exclusive deal to carry the wildly popular lineup of Angry Birds games. Could these developments along with recent plans to hire more Android developers, be a sign that Amazon may soon be pushing an Android-based Kindle?
Amazon is looking to spread its ereader wings even further, promising to launch tablet-centric versions of its Kindle app for Android and Windows based slates in 2011. The announcement follows the release of the Kindle for iPad app in 2010, which tailored the ereader software's UI to suit the larger display of the Apple tablet.
Amazon has quietly announced that ex-Palm CEO and current HP SVP Jon Rubinstein has joined as a director. The news, part of a security and exchange commission filing, does not suggest that Rubinstein's role as director will include, but it's possible that he could assist in Amazon's development of a Kindle-brand tablet to better compete with the iPad and Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor.
Speculation regarding an Amazon tablet has been circulating for some time, though the company has resolutely stuck to the party line that it is focused on its Kindle range of dedicated ebook readers. Nonetheless, the Kindles have become more functional as the line has matured; Amazon now offers third-party applications, and the most recent Kindle has a WebKit based browser like the latest smartphones.
Research In Motion has officially unveiled the brand new PlayBook, the company's first tablet device, and they're pulling out all the stops. For fans of the BlackBerry lineage, getting the Amazon Kindle application on their device was a good day, and for those already thinking about picking up the tablet device with the BlackBerry logo on there, you'll be happy to know that Amazon is planning on releasing the Kindle application for the tablet device.
Amazon can't be too pleased with the first batch of Fire Phone reviews. The smartphone's more outlandish technology works, certainly - Dynamic Perspective tracks your face; Firefly snaps and searches for your products - but the takeaway nonetheless has been "so what?" Amazon can't complain too loudly, however: it only has itself to blame.
When Amazon wades into a new segment, competitors take note, and few devices have been so nervously anticipated as the Fire Phone. Amazon's first smartphone doesn't just put Prime in your pocket, it also pushes the limits of UI, with its quartet of Dynamic Perspective cameras, and computational photography, with Firefly. Ambitious, then, but Jeff Bezos & Co. have seldom lacked that. Question is, does the Fire Phone deserve to be the hottest handset in town?