Amazon plans to release a Android tablet by October, people familiar with the matter said, intensifying its rivalry with Apple's iPad.
The Wall Street Journal reports citing unnamed sources reports that the Amazon tablet will have a nine-inch touch screen and run on the Android operating system. Unlike the iPad, it won't have a camera, one of these people said. While the pricing and distribution of the device is unclear, the online retailer won't design the initial tablet itself. It also is outsourcing production to an Asian manufacturer, the people said.
The Journal reporting that Amazon plans to introduce two updated versions of its black-and-white Kindle in this year's third quarter, people familiar with the matter said. One of the new Kindles will have a touch screen, which current models don't have.
In a news related to Amazon, the company today announced that AT&T has agreed to sponsor Kindle 3G with Special Offers and that it is now available at a new price of $139. "Kindle 3G with Special Offers is the same as the $189 Kindle 3G, plus money-saving special offers and sponsored screensavers," said company.
Kindle 3G includes all the same features that helped make the third-generation Kindle the #1 bestselling e-reader in the world:
- Free 3G wireless, no annual contracts, no monthly fees
- Global 3G coverage means books in under 60 seconds in over 100 countries and territories
- Paper-like Pearl electronic ink display, no glare even in bright sunlight
- Lightweight body for hours of comfortable reading with one hand
- Kindle Store with over 950,000 books - largest selection of the most popular books
- Seamless integration with free "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" Kindle apps for iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac, BlackBerry and Windows Phone