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Oh, a new wrinkle umm, I mean rumour/rumour. Makes sense in light of what I posted above. It would put Amazon firmly in control of their platform so as to not be at the mercy of Google and always a step behind the rest of the Android players.
 

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I imagine Honeycomb 3.x specific tablet apps won't run, one because of the code but also because they are designed for the much larger 9"-10" screens.
The main Android 3.x improvement for the bigger displays is the introduction of fragments, which is basically a more powerful version of the splitview used on the iPad... So what would be displayed on multiple pages on a phone, can be shown on a single page of a tablet. But the compatibility library has it for Android 1.6+, so my Android 2.2 tablet is displaying those just fine, as would the Kindle Fire...

Honeycomb, as we know, was never open sourced
Right, I guess Google wanted to give the big names a head start against all the cheaper tablets...

I guess it's a good thing you can only install apps from the Amazon app store.
Reports are saying that side-loading apps will be possible...
 

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Amazon's "Fire" tablet is yet another digital eco-system. It can be looked at as two things -- a media consumption device; and an integrated mobile retail store.

Like most other tablets, it is strong on web browsing, video and audio playback and reading. Typical passive media consumption stuff.

But as we move more and more into a society that consumes lots of digital things (music, movies, TV shows and books), Amazon has created a virtual retail store with it's Fire tablet. The strength of the Fire tablet is that it makes finding and buying digital stuff quick and easy -- and then you can "consume" it on the same device. In the USA, you even have the choice of using Amazon Prime, which streams video-based product to you at no extra cost above a yearly $80 subscription fee.

And Amazon offers perhaps unmatched quantities of digital stuff for us all to consume. They are used to and good at making a thriving business out of very low margins and very high volumes. And now they are just about to open tens of millions of mobile retail outlets.

Shaw executives must be feeling pretty good about deciding to stay out of the 3G, 4G, LTE communications business, and instead focussing on urban Wi-Fi. Now they have even more potential customers to plan around.
 

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I really doubt that they don't want to sell content to the rest of the world, it's most likely a question of having to negotiate for distribution rights and such...
Distribution rights for apps come on! They run their own apps store and if developers want in they have to play by Amazon rule.
 

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Distribution rights for apps come on! They run their own apps store and if developers want in they have to play by Amazon rule.
"If developers want in they have to play by Amazon rule" ... ummm ... isn't that what everyone does namely Apple? So, what's your point? That only Apple can do that?

I think Amazon's product is extremely innovative as it extends Cloud computing to the mass consumers and brings a new breath of fresh air. I'd like to see how the EC2 servers perform under all these downloads where the EC2 does the bulk of the work, and sends the end result to the Fire. Should be really, really fast compared to all other browsers or media players.
 

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I'm curious. If the newest rumour circulating around that Amazon is trying to purchase WebOS from HP comes true and these Kindles tablets become WebOS devices are they still attractive to users? They will no longer have access to the vast Android app ecosystem and will need to start from scratch in that regard. They will however still have access to everything else that makes an Amazon device attractive, is that enough?
 

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Instead of providing an update to Android 4.0, it might make sense to move to WebOS... Though it's probably more useful for a Kindle Fire v2.0...
 

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I don't get why they would do that. I don't think they want to be in the tablet market, despite analysts' belief otherwise. They're losing money on the Kindle Fire, because they just want to get it in people's hands so they will buy Amazon content.

They can take any open-source version of Android they want and customize it so hard that Andy Rubin himself wouldn't recognize it. They can use their own app store to make sure only compatible apps show up. What benefit do they get from WebOS? I see lots of negatives (it'll cost them a lot of money, they will become solely responsible for all it's development, and they will anger the devs who are posting Android apps in their app store) but I can't see a single way that it would help them sell more of their content, which is and always has been their end game.

The only think I could see them wanting is patents.
 

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Whoever owns the patents, controls the technology.

Also, Amazon is not a newcomer in content consumption devices. They already have a huge customer base with their Kindle reader devices, with their latest ad-supported model available in the States for only $79. And it's rumoured that, next year, Amazon could very possibly release a Kindle reader device absolutely free, entirely subsidized by ads and content purchases. If that becomes a reality, could you imagine what could happen to Version 2 of the Kindle Fire?

Apple may have released the world's first usable tablet device, but Amazon could become the clear winner in the content retail department simply by dumping as many devices as possible in the hands of eager budget-minded buyers.
 

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I think the Fire tablet is the answer to the Nook and it is a good one. Nice price, but the lack of an SD card slot would be a deal breaker for me.

Not an iPad killer but an inexpensive alternative for people who want to try a tablet at a budget price.
 

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The Fire is more often compared to the iPod Touch than the iPad...it's really just a Touch with a bigger screen but no camera.

I think Amazon will take a run at tablets next year, but the Fire is really just them dipping their toes in the water.
 

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Kindle Fire Newsstand to Offer Over 400 Full-Color Magazines and Newspapers

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SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 11, 2011-- Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that the Kindle Fire Newsstand will offer over 400 full-color magazines and newspapers. Kindle Fire customers who subscribe before March 1, 2012 will also receive an exclusive free three-month trial of 17 Condé Nast magazines, including Vanity Fair, GQ, WIRED and Glamour. Kindle Fire, which ships next week, is a new class of Kindle that brings the same ease-of-use and deep integration of content that helped Kindle re-invent reading to magazines, movies, TV shows, music, apps, games, books and more. Magazines and newspapers look beautiful on Kindle Fire's 7" vibrant multi-touch color touch-screen that delivers 1024 X 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi and 16 million colors in high resolution. Kindle Fire Newsstand customers will be able to enjoy their favorite magazines in rich, glossy, full-color from publishers such as Condé Nast, Meredith, and Hearst. Interactive editions with built-in video and audio are also available for many magazines such as Better Homes & Gardens, Allure and Self.

"We think Kindle Fire customers will love the beautiful, intuitive reading experience we've built for their favorite magazines such as Us Weekly, The New Yorker, and Reader's Digest," said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President, Kindle Content. "The response from publishers has been overwhelmingly positive and they are excited to make their magazines and newspapers available on Kindle Fire, and we're adding new titles all the time."

"We're excited to work with Amazon to give Kindle Fire owners access to our magazines digitally," said John Loughlin, EVP/GM, Hearst Magazines. "Kindle Fire's beautiful touch-screen creates a great experience for readers, who will be able to enjoy magazines like Cosmopolitan and Esquire in a full-color, glossy format."

"We are very pleased to be working with Amazon and getting our content to an even wider audience," said Monica Ray, Executive Vice President, Consumer Marketing, Condé Nast. "Their Newsstand will provide the kind of access and ease-of-use consumers value and demand."

"Meredith has worked with Amazon to create Kindle Fire optimized interactive apps, so readers can enjoy videos, how-to diagrams and more while reading magazines like Better Homes & Gardens and Parents," said Liz Schimel, Chief Digital Officer, Meredith. "We think readers will love the experience of discovering our magazines in this new way on Kindle Fire's beautiful full-color touch-screen."

Kindle Fire offers more than 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, magazines, apps and games, as well as free storage in the Amazon Cloud, Whispersync for books and movies, a 14.6 ounce design that's easy to hold with one hand, vibrant color touch screen, a powerful dual-core processor and Amazon Silk – Amazon's new revolutionary web browser that accelerates the power of the mobile device by using the computing speed and power of the Amazon Web Services Cloud – all for only $199. Customers also enjoy a free month of Amazon Prime giving them access to Prime Instant Video with 13,000 movies and TV shows available for unlimited streaming and the new Kindle Owners' Lending Library where Kindle owners can now choose from thousands of books to borrow for free including more than 100 current and former New York Times Bestsellers – as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates.
 

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Engadget gave it a decent review. Yes there are flaws (some sluggishness, some UI quirks, etc) but they did indicate that for $200 it does make for a decent tablet. Just don't get your hopes up too high if you expect iPad performance (I think it will compete fairly well with the Kobo vox, and once we get custom roms on the Fire I think it will help.
 
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