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Amazon tablet on the way?

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    Ray7

    It is, according to TechCrunch. They've also explained how Amazon plans to compete against the iPad.

    Interesting stuff.

     

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    fanbaby

    From what i read, it's based on Android, but with different UI and no mention of Google (save for Google search), and no connection to the android app store. Can they do that? Smiley

     

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    Ray7

    Well, Amazon is supposed to be open source, so I don't see why not.

     

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    Proton2

    And now the BlackBerry PlayBook has a price drop in the U.S. and U.K. $50 off for the 32GB and 16GB version, and $150 off for the 64GB version (which actually make the 32GB and 64GB the same price).

    Rogers in Canada is advertising $100 off the smaller storage versions.

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    wkempf

    @fanbaby: B&N already has. The NOOKColor is an Android device with no mention of Google or connection to the Google App Store. For that matter, the NOOK is also an Android device, though I mentioned the NOOKColor first because the NOOK isn't a "tablet" device.

    Edit: And having now read the article, this is NOT an iPad competitor. This is simply Amazon responding to the NOOKColor. They'll likely sell better than the NC, but the device isn't any more exciting than the NC (and in fact, is a little bit less exciting in some ways). The price is even in line with the NC. I don't see how this could be considered a "game changer" in any way.

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    Ray7

    Edit: And having now read the article, this is NOT an iPad competitor. This is simply Amazon responding to the NOOKColor. They'll likely sell better than the NC, but the device isn't any more exciting than the NC (and in fact, is a little bit less exciting in some ways). The price is even in line with the NC. I don't see how this could be considered a "game changer" in any way.

    You're right. In fact, Amazon is going out of their way to avoid competing with the iPad. It's a Kindle+ basically.

     

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    Dovella

    I think , while I wait for Windows 8 tablet, i buy Lenovo Ideapad A1 for 190 $

    • 7 inch capacitive display
    • 1 GHz single core processor
    • 3MP rear camera, VGA front camera
    • 512MB RAM
    • WiFi, GPS
    • 8GB internal memory
    • Google Apps, Android Market
    • Price:  $199

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    Ian2

    Build Tablet rumour looks interesting for anyone that might be attending:

    http://www.winrumors.com/is-microsoft-planning-to-hand-out-a-samsung-windows-8-slate-at-build/

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    Dovella

    No Ian no.

    The tablet for Build is Quad core (Tegra 3 ?? )

    this Samsung is COre i3 or Core i5

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    cbae

    ,Dovella wrote

    No Ian no.

    The tablet for Build is Quad core (Tegra 3 ?? )

    this Samsung is COre i3 or Core i5

    Maybe it will be a quad-core Core i7 Mobile. We know those are already available on the market. I'm not sure about the availability of quad-core ARM CPUs, although, admittedly, this would be a perfect venue for chip manufacturers to debut them.

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    SteveRichter

    Companies can almost ship these tablets and even home PCs for no charge. Where they make money by funneling all the user activity thru the apps that are loaded on the system. I think the browser is going to be marginalized.

     

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    Ian2

    Isn't the browser going to become the definitive cross platform, cross browser host for future apps with HTML5?

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    SteveRichter

    ,Ian2 wrote

    Isn't the browser going to become the definitive cross platform, cross browser host for future apps with HTML5?

    For the user to get to the browser they first see the desktop. On the desktop is a tiny icon that says "browser". The remainder of the space is taken by apps the platform provider has placed there. To buy a book or video game and download it to your tablet you can open the browser and navigate to amazon. Or enter directly into the desktop app that takes up a 1/4 of the screen space and is customized for the particular user's use.

     

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    Ian2

    I suspect that apps will live on the desktop but breath through the browser  (although users maybe won't realise they are using the browser).  Along the lines of how Silverlight 'out of browser' apps function today.

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    fanbaby

    ,SteveRichter wrote

    Companies can almost ship these tablets and even home PCs for no charge. Where they make money by funneling all the user activity thru the apps that are loaded on the system.I think the browser is going to be marginalized.

     

    That's not what most of the industry say. Sure, today the native platfom rules. But everyone and their dog predict that the web will triumph. It's on the news(tm).

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