September 30, 2010

Is Amazon about to take an Android tablet?

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Captured in the wild, this photo shows the precise moment when this gorilla decided it was time to go from reading text on his phone to a larger-screened device

Captured in the wild, this photo shows the precise moment when this gorilla decided it was time to go from reading text on his phone to a larger-screened device

In a report at TechCrunch, MG Sielger reports:

Okay, we know now that Amazon is on the verge of releasing an Android-based app store. But last week, before we knew that, we got an interesting tip that such a move was coming soon — this week, actually. And that tip came with a bonus attached — the tipster also heard that Amazon was going to be releasing an iPad competitor alongside the store.

Sielger stresses it’s a rumor — even the story’s headline stresses that — but he further notes …

There have been plenty of rumors that Amazon is hard at work on hardware beyond its Kindle device. But the Kindle runs Amazon’s own software — presumably this new tablet would run Android (for the app store to work). Others have speculated about this possibility in the past. No word on what this would mean for the up and coming Kindle apps.

Could be Amazon, the 800-pound gorilla, is once again struggling to keep up with the 900-pound gorilla that answers to the name of Apple — according to another report, this one in the form of a press release from IMS Research, which says that iPads are out selling all other ebook reading devices … combined.

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