[Rumor] Amazon Plans 'Family' of Android Devices; Maybe Even a Smartphone

Discussion in 'Android News' started by dgstorm, May 16, 2011.

  1. dgstorm

    dgstorm Editor in Chief
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    According to an anonymous industry insider, Amazon is not only planning to come out with an Android Tablet of their own... they are actually planning an "entire family" of Android products, and that an Amazon smartphone is not out of the question.

    We know for sure that the company is developing at least one Android powered tablet, but this newer rumor seems to indicate they are also working toward several devices... perhaps maybe an Android-powered eBook reader like the Kindle, or maybe a smartphone. It's also been speculated that they may be working on a Google TV device of some kind.

    In fact, earlier last week Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, said in an interview that people should "stay tuned" for the company's plans on a new tablet. Moving into these markets is a brilliant strategy for Amazon, as it will create an entire "ecosystem" of digital information providing devices for Amazon, which really fits into their business model anyway.

    The article from Androidandme.com regarding this Amazon Android "ecosystem" seemed to indicate that it won't be until later this Holiday season, which is contrary to earlier reports that we will see something from Amazon later this summer. I suspect that we will see both. Perhaps, we will see the first Android-powered Amazon tablet this summer, and a host of other products later during Christmas. Stay tuned, because we will keep our ears to the ground on this for you.

    Source: Android.net via BGR and Androidandme.com
  2. GrillMouster

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    It's been said that Apple is able to produce and sell iPads at a lower margin because they 1) produce some components themselves, 2) are able to leverage savings by buying components in bulk, and 3) they subsidize the harware sales with earnings from iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store.

    Most manufacturers of Android devices don't have those advantages. However, Amazon has the resources to buy components in bulk and it has its own App Store, MP3 store, Audible store, Kindle store, Video on demand, etc. Amazon is very well positioned to sell Android quality tablets at bargain prices, just like they did with the current Kindle.

    I'm excited about this news, and I may hold off on buying an Asus Transformer or the new Samsung Tab at $399 if I can get an Amazon tablet for close to the price of a Nook ($250). At that price, I think Android would quickly surpass Apple in the tablet market.