Thursday, April 21, 2011
Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 04:30 PM
"It's something of an open secret that Amazon is working on an Android tablet and I am 99% certain they are having Samsung build one for them. Does the world really need yet another tablet? If it were anyone else, I'd say no, but I think Amazon is uniquely positioned to layer in a set of products and services that would differentiate its tablet from the flood of Android tablets hitting the market this year. "
Some great thoughts to ponder. Amazon is not a technology company, despite the success of the Kindle. But, they do have an excellent 'ecosystem' already in place, and adding their various services to a basic tablet OS (like Android) can be done at a reasonable cost. Comparisons are being made to the color NOOK, the thinking being that Amazon can create their own tablet OS (rather than going to Google), add their content, avoid the Android Market by substituting their own, and get a product to market for a reasonable price. Need an app? Amazon has one. An obvious target is the iPad, and if Amazon can seriously undercut the entry-level price, with all their various services on-board, they may truly have a market disruptor. Despite having an office full of gadgets, I still go back to my Kindle for my pleasure reading, so I eagerly await more news from Amazon.