Wednesday, 28 September 2011
New competitor for the iPad: Kindle Fire
Only a few months before, we saw a great fanfare to introduce three supposed very serious competitors for the iPad: the Xoom from Motorola, the TouchPad from Palm, and then the Playbook from Blackberry. By now, the market has given a definitive thumbs down for all those products. Furthermore, Palm disappared after selling WebOS to HP, which in turn seems to be trying to sell WebOS to someone else. Yet the race continues, and now is time for a really serious competitor, Amazon, who knows one or two things about marketing and online sales. After releasing the Kindle e-reader with (so I read) success, now they are trying to enter into the tablets territory, and just released a new model, called Kindle Fire, including a brand new browser called Silk which utilizes extensively the big powers of their cloud computing. Further info: Kindle Fire: Silk: I really have no idea what's going to happen. According to recent reports, this product has been developed in a hurry taking the PlayBook hardware as template, with the main goal of having it in the market in time for the Christmas 2011 season. So maybe we have to wait for their next Kindle Fire to see a real player in the tablets game.