WSJ: There Will Be An Amazon Tablet to Rival the iPad By October



Sources for the Wall Street Journal claim Amazon is getting set to launch its first tablet this October. The 9-inch device will go head-to-head against against Apple’s iPad, though it may not pack as many features.

The tablet will run Google’s Android platform, according to sources “familiar with the matter,” but unlike Apple’s latest iPad, it won’t boast a camera. Despite this, Amazon intends for the device to compete with Apple’s tablet:

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.

Just like the iPad, Amazon’s tablet will push content consumption such as videos, music and eBooks — all of which can be purchased directly from Amazon’s store. However, it won’t be designed by the company. Instead, a second device which will be designed Amazon could be launched next year.

In addition to the tablet, Amazon is planning to launch two updated versions of its Kindle e-reader, according to the sources. One of which will boast a touchscreen, a feature seen in no previous Kindle device.

A camera may not be the only feature Amazon’s tablet is lacking, however. According to recent reports, Apple is set to launch a third iPad this year that will boast a high-resolution display. Will this device overshadow Amazon’s first tablet launch?

[via MacRumors]

  • Matthew Snider

    It won’t rival it at all without the App Store. Folks continually think the iPhone and iPad are just gorgeous items, without the apps and the app store they are nothing.

    Amazon wont rival anything.

  • KillianBell

    I completely agree.

  • CaptainSmokeblower

    There used to be an anti-Apple “crowd” that intentionally purchased other comparable products. Are there enough of these folks to support even one Not-an-iPad?

  • B066Y

    They do have app stores, the Amazon Appstore and the Google Marketplace. They don’t have as many apps as Apple yet but they are catching up (every day I see more iPhone apps in the Android stores). I love Apple products, but I refuse to switch to AT&T or Verizon just to get an iPhone so I use an android device. As long as you buy a high end Android phone and not a “cheap” one then Android is a good alternative to the iPhone and the iPad.

  • gareth edwards

    yup I agree 100% and Android has just updated its Android Store again making it better than ever and now offers books and videos.  I honestly think that the Amazon product will be the Android market game changer for tablet adoption. The real losers will be other Android tab manufacturers though even though Apple will take a market slice slapping.

  • SL8Rok

    its not a numbers game my friend its a quality game. And quality apps goes to Apple by a large margin. Android gets apps late, not fully functioning and only available on certain handsets (Netflix, Skype come to mind). The rest are soundboards, keyboards and other mods but as far as meaningful apps those are few and far between on android. 

  • B066Y

    I’m not disagreeing with you, but they are catching up in quantity and quality, in my opinion. Plus the lower number of apps is no reason for me to switch to AT&T or Verizon and pay ridiculous prices for cellular service. As soon as Apple adds regional U.S. carriers to their vendor list I will gladly buy an iPhone, but not before then.

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    I personally had to find the hacked Netflix app for someone with a handset that could easily use the service but wasn’t on the supported handset list. I’m happy to live in the guilded cage (with easy to open door) of the iOS versus the sponsored anarchy (with random roadblocks) of the Android OS.

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