Apparently, all that speculation was correct as Jeff Bezos announced Wednesday that the Kindle has caught Fire. He then showed off a new type of Kindle that is full-color, and is essentially an Android tablet PC.
The Kindle Fire boasts that it can access 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, games, apps, books, and magazines. All of this is available for streaming, downloading, purchasing, or renting with one tap. Those who are Amazon Prime Members can enjoy instant, unlimited, commercial-free streaming of more than 11,000 movies and TV shows without a spending a dime. By the way, new Kindle Fire owners will automatically receive one free month of Amazon Prime.
In addition to this, the Amazon Kindle Fire will have a cloud-accelerated web browser known as “Amazon Silk” which uses the computing speed and power of the Amazon Web Services Cloud. This “split browser” architecture is already found on the huge range of servers that made up the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, or Amazon EC2. It all boils down to getting your web pages faster and free storage for your collection of Amazon digital content in the Amazon Cloud, where all the digital content will be backed up automatically at no additional cost.
I think we all know that the iPad is still on top as far as tablet PCs are concerned, and there have been many attempts by Android tablets to usurp its top spot. If anyone could do it, it probably will be Android.
The price is also small at $199. That is one of the cheapest tablets one can buy, and you should know that the device has no camera and no slot for memory expansion. The release date is on November 15th, and Bezos hopes to sell 3 to 5 million by the end of the year. He certainly has the holiday season working for him.
Well, iPad, should you be worried?