Amazon (AMZN) isn’t taking Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 7 challenge lying down. Unnamed sources have told Reuters that Amazon’s next-generation Kindle Fire tablet will include Nokia’s (NOK) location capabilities and map services in its next-generation Kindle Fire. Amazon’s decision to partner with Nokia instead of developing its own mapping service or incorporating Google Maps would give Nokia a much-needed boost in the run up to launching its first Windows Phone 8 devices next month. More →
A purported photo of Amazon’s (AMZN) next-generation Kindle Fire tablet was published on Thursday by The Verge. The shape of the tablet pictured is a departure from the original model in terms of proportions, suggesting this may be the widely rumored 10-inch model. No other information can be ascertained from the image beyond the presence of a front-facing camera. BGR exclusively reported in June that Amazon is prepping at least two new Kindle Fire tablets — a 10-inch model and an updated 7-inch version — and the slates are said to feature new designs and metal cases. Amazon is holding a press conference next week to unveil its next-generation tablets.
UPDATE: The Verge is now saying the tablet pictured in above might be an old prototype and not a next-generation Kindle Fire. More →
Looking for a cheap Amazon (AMZN) Kindle Fire as a back-to-school gift? Well, don’t: Amazon says that it has completely sold out of the first-generation Kindle Fire as it prepares to launch the next-generation Kindle Fire sometime this fall. Although Amazon isn’t releasing any specific numbers for how many Kindle Fires have been sold, the company says that the tablet has been its best-selling product since its release last fall. The Kindle Fire made it fashionable to launch seven-inch Android tablets that sell in the $200 range after its release, culminating in Google’s (GOOG) popular Nexus 7 that launched this summer. Amazon’s full press release follows below. More →
Amazon (AMZN) on Thursday sent invitations to the media for a press conference on September 6th in Santa Monica, California. While the topic of discussion was not revealed in the company’s invitations, it is widely believed that Amazon will finally unveil its next-generation Kindle Fire tablets. BGR exclusively reported in June that Amazon was prepping two new tablets, an updated 7-inch slate to replace the current Kindle Fire and a brand new 10-inch tablet that Amazon he been working on for more than a year.
It’s official: people really do like their tablets. The latest survey of around 6,000 tablet users from comScore found that tablet users on the whole are more satisfied with their tablets than with smartphones, and that Apple’s (AAPL) iPad and Amazon’s (AMZN) Kindle Fire score particularly high among owners. ComScore asked participants to rank their satisfaction with their tablets on a scale of 1 to 10 and found that the iPad scored a survey-high 8.8, just barely edging out the Kindle Fire’s score of 8.7. The Kindle Fire was by far the highest-ranking Android tablet in the survey, as all other Android tablets combined for an average score of 8.2. More →
Staples (SPLS) president Demos Parneros has gone on record in stating that Amazon (AMZN) has plans to introduce as many as six new Kindle Fire tablets. Reuters on Monday reports that Amazon has plans to add up to five or six new tablet SKUs to its lineup. According to the report, Parneros confirmed that the Kindle Fire tablets will vary in size, and will include at least one 10-inch tablet model. BGR exclusively reported last month that Amazon is prepping at least two new Kindle Fire tablets, a new 10-inch model and an updated 7-inch tablet with a redesigned case. A separate report suggested that Amazon will launch new Kindle Fire slates early next month. More →
BGR first reported that Amazon was developing a 10-inch Kindle Fire more than a year ago. The tablet, code-named “Hollywood,” was powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and was shaping up to be a high-end counterpart to 7-inch Kindle Fire, which was code-named “Coyote.” Numerous reports covering the device have emerged since then, and BGR recently reported additional exclusive details surrounding the 10-inch slate, which may finally launch this summer. Now, buried within a report claiming Apple is prepping a smaller iPad tablet, The New York Times claims to have confirmed that the larger Kindle Fire tablet is in development. The paper provided no additional details but with new reports piling up each week, a 10-inch Kindle Fire announcement could come as soon as this month. More →
Amazon on Wednesday announced a new social gaming service called GameCircle for its Kindle Fire tablet. The app, which features gaming achievements and leaderboards, is similar to Apple’s Game Center on its iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. GameCircle can also automatically save a player’s in-game progress to the cloud and allow them to pick-up exactly where they left off. “Our goal is to give developers great tools to quickly and easily reach new customers and keep them engaged. That’s why we’re creating easy-to-integrate APIs for features like leaderboards, achievements and sync. We also introduced In-App Purchasing API in April, allowing developers to offer a seamless 1-Click purchasing experience within their apps and games, and we’re just getting started,” said Paul Ryder, Vice President of Apps, Games, and Services at Amazon. “GameCircle gives developers the right tools to build an immersive, more entertaining experience on Kindle Fire, which will ultimately help developers grow their business.” A video showcasing Amazon’s GameCircle follows below. More →
The latest version of the Android operating system, known as Jelly Bean, has been ported to the Kindle Fire. Along with having the same price, Amazon’s slate features a similar form factor as Google’s newly announced 7-inch tablet, the Nexus 7. The Kindle Fire, however, runs a heavily skinned version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and only has access to Amazon’s Appstore, rather than Google’s Google Play marketplace. The port, which was created by XDA-Developers forum member Hashcode, is in an early beta stage and not functional enough for daily use. Nevertheless, it highlights the tablet’s hackability and opens it up to more than 600,000 apps on Google’s Play Store. More →
As Amazon’s Kindle Fire nears its end-of-life cycle, sales have begun to fizzle since its explosive debut quater late last year. Numerous reports that have trickled out over the last few months claiming the retail giant is planning to launch a successor to its widely popular tablet in the near future, however. BGR exclusively reported in June that Amazon will soon announce new 7- and 10-inch tablets. We were told that the design of the new 7-inch Kindle Fire has been “vastly improved,” and it will be thinner and feature a metal casing in place of the soft-touch plastic body found on the current-generation. According to sources speaking with AllThingsD, Amazon’s upcoming slate will also feature a built-in camera and a high-resolution 1280 x 800 display — the same one found on Google’s Nexus 7. The company will reportedly debut its Kindle Fire successor in the coming months, with a launch slated for late in the third quarter. More →
Amazon isn’t taking Google’s Nexus 7 challenge lying down. Per UnwiredView, the China Times is reporting that Amazon has ordered 2 million new Kindle Fire units for possible release on August 7. Amazon is only ordering 7-inch versions of its Android-based tablet for the time being, with 8.9-inch and 10-inch versions of the device launching at a later time according to the report. The release of Google’s own Nexus 7 tablet has put some added pressure on Android tablet OEMs, especially since it has matched the $200 price benchmark that Amazon established with the original Kindle Fire. More →
The repair wizards at iFixit have gotten hold of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and have found that it absolutely bludgeons Amazon’s rival Kindle Fire tablet in terms of battery performance. According to iFixit, Google’s new tablet has “a 4326 mAh, 16 Wh battery that can last 9:49 hours” or more than two hours longer than the Kindle Fire, which “has a 4400 mAh, 16.28 Wh battery ” that “only lasts 7:42 hours.” More →
Amazon on Monday reportedly closed a deal to acquire 3D mapping startup UpNext, according to GigaOM. The acquisition will thrust the retail giant into new territory, and may add increased pressure to Google and Apple, both of which have their own in-house mapping services. While the current-generation Kindle Fire doesn’t include a GPS radio, the UpNext acquisition could mean Amazon will include the feature to offer native mapping capabilities on its upcoming 7- and 10-inch tablets. UpNext, which was founded in 2007 by four high school friends, has reportedly been pursued by other major tech companies as well. Its maps are available for the iPhone, iPad and on Android devices, and are available in 50 cities, 23 of which include “enhanced details.” The terms of the deal were not reported. More →