Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Parts Suppliers Say Amazon Tablet Is Coming This Year

Amazon.com has tapped Taiwan-based notebook maker Quanta Computer to manufacture an Amazon-branded tablet computer, according to a DigiTimes report citing unnamed sources at key parts suppliers. The electronics industry newspaper also reported Tuesday that the anonymous component makers expect Amazon to take delivery of 700,000-800,000 units per month during this year's holiday shopping season.
According to Forrester Research Vice President James McQuivey, a move into the tablet space by Amazon would be no surprise now that rival Barnes & Noble has taken the plunge by releasing a software Relevant Products/Services upgrade Relevant Products/Services for the nook color that gives the e-reader tablet capabilities such as Flash video Relevant Products/Services playback and e-mail access.
"Amazon will work hard to show that its digital-media offerings -- including cloud Relevant Products/Services-based music and digital video streaming -- make its tablet uniquely powerful," McQuivey wrote in a blog.
Laying the Foundation
The new Amazon Cloud Drive that rolled out in March enables users to archive Relevant Products/Services their most frequently accessed music, videos, photos and documents on Amazon's servers in the cloud. The service should prove especially attractive to tablet users with limited storage Relevant Products/Services space.
Providing anytime, anywhere access from browser-equipped computing platforms with a broadband connection, Amazon Cloud Drive comes with 5GB of free storage. Larger capacities are available at prices cheaper than what a user would pay for a USB drive -- all the way to one terabyte.
Even better, Amazon Cloud Drive users don't have to worry about losing the data stored on physical drives. Additionally, songs purchased from Amazon MP3 are stored in the buyer's Cloud Drive free, and MP3 album purchasers receive 20GB of storage free for a year.
Amazon also unleashed an update to its Kindle for Android software in April that adds support for Android-based tablets running Honeycomb. The software upgrade also sports an integrated immersive shopping experience tailored for tablets, together with a new Honeycomb-optimized layout for newspapers and magazines.
Meanwhile, Amazon hopes to continue to grow its customer base by cutting the prices of its latest e-reading devices, which began shipping Tuesday at prices ranging from $114 for the sponsor-supported Kindle with Special Offers to $189 for the Kindle 3G. What's more, Amazon is building its own Android app store, which suggests its forthcoming tablet will be running Honeycomb.

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