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28
Sep
2011

Amazon going Apple-style on... Apple?

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Written by Vedran Dakic   

Amazon logoSo, we've been waiting for awhile, but now it's finally here. Although we're still getting some info and details about Amazon's new products, it's pretty clear what Amazon's trying to do with their new Kindle Fire tablet. And it doesn't seem to be an easy task to achieve, but if anyone's got the tools to kick Apple a little bit, it's Amazon. Long-time biggest online marketplace for books, music, DVDs and whatnots definitely has a library to put to good use.

With is 1GHz TI OMAP dual-core CPU, it's got more then enough horsepower to do a good job. The interface might look a bit different then what you'd expect from an Android-based device, but it's still Android. And it looks remarkably like RIM's Playbook, which faced further price cuts this week as RIM tries to get more traction in the mobile space overall. Blackberry phones haven't been exactly doing great against Android counterparts, and Playbook seems to suffer from the same faith...

Amazon's online services have grown remarkably over the years, and with the EC2 cloud system in the background, they do have a perfect platform to compete with pretty much anyone, including Apple. Media library? Checked. Books? Checked. Proprietary book format for their own devices? Checked. Their own version of Android Market? Check. DVDs, Blu-Rays? Checked. TV? Checked. Pretty much everything they need. And they want to include some cloud-based services with their Kindle Fire's as well - for example, cloud-based storage, and cloud-assisted Silk browser. In the end, if the browser works as advertised, it could bring noticeable improvements to the overall browsing experience. It certainly looks like a very interesting concept. And first info tell us that they're gonna launch a free cloud-based storage for Kindle Fire's users, which is a nice hint-hint for Apple.

All in all, this points to a very big fist-faits between two greats - IT great Apple, and multimedia-meets-IT-as-a-service great Amazon. They've both got the tools and the background, but what remains to be seen is what kind of shift (if any) will Amazon's Kindle Fire bring to the market. It doesn't necessarily have to be a showdown in the iPad domain as Kindle Fire is much, much cheaper, but it will most definitely be a showdown in the "overall" domain, where Android tablets are yet to push strongly against iPad which already captured some 80% of the market. For $199, the 3G version of Kindle Fire looks like a very, very nice catch. And with a free month of Amazone Prime, Amazon's looking in the right direction - service integration with all of the stuff they have. Initial news reports tell us that they've struck some major deals with publishers, which could lead to some kind of subscription service for Kindle Fire - for movies, series, books, all of the above, a combination of these things... And possibilities are limitless.

This is really good for the market, as Amazon move has the right ingredients to preturb the market a bit, bring prices a bit down and give more reasons for non-tablet owners to make that shift...

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