Amazon to Introduce a 9" Android Tablet this Fall

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According to the Wall Street Journal's sources, Amazon is planning to introduce a 9" tablet computer before October that will place it head-to-head against Apple's iPad.

The new tablet will intensify a growing clash between Amazon and Apple. The two tech-industry titans are already fighting for customers for their respective digital book, music and video businesses. Now Amazon will have a device that will compete closely against Apple's popular iPad, as well as other tablets such as Samsung Electronic Co.'s Galaxy Tab.

Amazon's tablet will use a 9-inch screen and run on Google's Android operating system. The device won't carry a camera like the iPad but will allow customers to watch videos, read eBooks and listen to music from Amazon. Meanwhile, Amazon will also be offering two updated versions of their popular Kindle e-reader around the same time. The report seemingly confirms a Digitimes story from June.

Apple's iPad continues to dominate the tablet market, but there have been rumors that Apple may be considering an iPad refresh as early as this fall which would place its release near Amazon's tablet launch. Amazon and Apple have become increasingly competitive over the years with recent disputes over the use of the "App Store" name.

Top Rated Comments

ChazUK Avatar
143 months ago
They should call it "Tablet" and complain that others are using the word tablet to describe their tablets.

/iJest
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gibbz Avatar
143 months ago
I think this actually makes more sense than other competitors.

Besides Apple, Amazon probably has the best collection of media under one roof to leverage on a device. You can buy music, movies, books, and apps from them -- all under your one Amazon account.

Can they do a decent job on software? We'll will see.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wackymacky Avatar
143 months ago
Good! The more strong condenders in the market place, will hopfuly drive invovation and maintain "resonable" price points.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
marksman Avatar
143 months ago
This is a much bigger issue for other android tablet makers than it is for apple. Amazon could dominate the android tablet market because of their content delivery.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Porchland Avatar
143 months ago
And the Kindle app for iPhone STILL has a link to go around Apple to buy e-books.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JS77 Avatar
143 months ago
More tablets than phones these days.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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