Amazon will unveil its Android-powered “Kindle Fire” tablet on Wednesday during a press event in New York City. The Kindle Fire will begin to ship during the second week of November and, with a similar-sized 7-inch screen, the device looks very much like the BlackBerry PlayBook according to reports. GDGT explained that the device was built by Quanta, the same manufacturer that built the PlayBook, and the firm played a big role in designing each of the slates. While recent leaks have created a lot of buzz about the potential tablet, GDGT suggested the tablet might not be that exciting. Reportedly the Kindle Fire is “pretty poor” and was rushed out the door so that Amazon had a product on store shelves for the holiday season. TechCrunch argued the Kindle Fire is better than the PlayBook, however, thanks to Amazon’s content and a “custom version of Android.” The Kindle Fire is powered by a TI dual-core OMAP chip but the processor speed is still unclear. Amazon is expected to price the device between $250 and $300. BGR will covering Amazon’s press conference live on Wednesday, so be sure to tune in for more details. More →
HTC announced on Wednesday that it will be making a “major news announcement” on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time. HTC’s chief executive officer Peter Chou will make the announcement during a live teleconference from Los Angeles. We’re not sure what the company has brewing but we’ll be on the call tomorrow morning so be sure to tune in to see what HTC has in store.
We’d already heard mumblings that the white iPhone 4 would launch on the 27th, and now leaked photos of Best Buy’s internal stocking systems are solidifying those rumors. While the above screenshot only says “AT&T hardware,” 9to5 Mac suggests that Verizon Wireless’ CDMA version of the phone will also be available on the same day. Store are already stocking the devices for Wednesday’s launch, but there could be as few as ten 16GB and 32GB models per Best Buy location. Additionally, it’s being reported elsewhere that Apple stores have received promotional materials featuring the white iPhone 4, and should be receiving stock starting tomorrow. Hit the jump for another inventory shot. More →
Looking for a Honeycomb tablet? Not a fan of the XOOM? You’re in luck. The gang over at TmoNews have been sent in the above screen shot that indicates T-Mobile’s G-Slate, Android 3.0 tablet will be hitting store shelves Wednesday, April 20th. The device sports the oh-so-sexy NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, and has it’s twin cores running at a full 1,000MHz. The G-Slate impressed us at CES back in January, and we’re hoping to get our hands on a fully-baked retail unit ASAP. More →
Moments ago, Facebook began to send out invites to a “Mobile Event” scheduled for November 3rd at the company’s headquarters. Back in September, TechCrunch and Business Insider both reported that the social networking behemoth was developing their own handset with deep Facebook integration. Will we see the rumored device come to fruition on Wednesday? Perhaps a more feature rich mobile application? We’ll just have to wait and find out.
Facebook has been sending out invitations to media outlets for an event on Wednesday the 18th where they will “provide an update on the service’s features and products” of the company. What new services and products the company may unveil is still unknown and up for speculation. However, AllThingsD is reporting that “a multitude of sources inside Facebook” have indicated that the social networking giant will be announcing a foursquare-like, geo-location, check-in service at tomorrows event. The report goes on to say that Facebook is likely to, “integrate other third-party services and will give developers on Facebook’s platform geo-location capabilities.” The event starts tomorrow at 6:00 PM Pacific Time. We’ll be sure to update you on what, if anything, Facebook announces. More →
Uh oh. More Apple tablet-related news? It would appear so, as we have just been briefed on what could be a solid Apple / Verizon connection. More →