The future looks bright for those thinking about becoming an app developer. Insiders say Amazon’s long-rumored tablet computer is a reality. The 7-inch tablet will carry the “Kindle” namesake and debut in November. The backlit touchpad will have many iPad-like features but cost only $250, which is half the price of Apple’s tablet. Amazon will effectively double the size of the app marketplace – great news to developers – with the move.
- The 6-GB device, which looks and feels like a Blackberry PlayBook, features a carousel-styled interface. Content on the device is served up easily through the menu – apps, books and movies.
- It’s all integrated with Amazon services: the Amazon Cloud Player is used for playing music, a Kindle app is used as the book reader, while the company’s Instant Video player plays video.
TechCrunch blogger M.G. Siegler recently revealed, ”Not only have I heard about the device, I’ve seen it and used it.” Amazon’s app store will be used to serve up apps. Siegler went on to say the Amazon tablet he tested has a full-color touch screen and runs a version of the Android operating system. The OS however, has been customized by Amazon.
AMZN is currently trading briskly in light of the upcoming announcement.
According to industry analysts, like Forrester Research, the online bookseller could sell 3 million to 5 million Amazon tablets before year’s end. If the price prediction is accurate, Amazon’s Kindle could be a real challenger to Apple’s iPad. HP recently saw demand for its cheap HP Touchpad exhaust HP inventory and prompt a final production run for the tablet that featured HP’s WebOS and was reduced from $495 to $99.
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