Amazon is promising an over-the-air update for its recently launched Kindle Fire device will cure many of the ills early adopters have been complaining about. A company spokesman said the firmware revision will improve performance, smooth out navigation, and give users the option of editing recent activity, which will mean no more having to hide the device when you don't want other family members knowing what you've been up to.
If you're the type of person who has to have every Apple product that comes out and fancy yourself a gambling type, now might be a good time to put your iPad 2 up for sale on eBay or Craigslist. It will never be worth more than it is right now, it's still early enough to cash in on the holiday shoppers, and if you trust Citi analyst Richard Gardner, the iPad 3 will launch in February.
Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire isn't really supposed to be an iPad killer, and in fact the mega online retailer rarely compares the two devices, at least publicly. However, if Amazon's new tablet can spread like a wildfire and make up half of the Android tablet market by 2012, as one analysts predicts it will, then the Kindle Fire will be well on its way to dethroning the iPad (in terms of shipments).
Pay a visit to Dell's once lively product page for the Streak 7 tablet and you'll be informed that it's "no longer available online." From there, it would be easy to assume Dell isn't all that infatuated with Android, or the mobile market in general, but you know what they say when you assume something. So, what's the deal with Dell?
File this one under 'Y' for 'Yeah, right!,' or 'W' for 'We'll believe it when we see it, playa,' but for the time being, MIPS Technologies and Ingenic Semiconductor are laying claim to the world's first available Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) tablet, the NOVO7. That's not the part that's hard to believe, nor is the fact that it's rocking a 1GHz processor. What we find suspect is that it's selling for less than $100.
Acer tells us its upcoming Iconia Tab A200 will debut "at an affordable price," a claim that's impossible to substantiate until the company actually announces how much it will cost (which it hasn't). What we do know, however, is that it will come packing an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) out of the gate in...November? Perhaps Acer has discovered time travel.
Research In Motion grossly underestimated what a big deal it would be to release a tablet with what some consider critical missing features, namely native email, calendar, and contacts support. The PlayBook was met with mixed reviews; some were willing to overlook the PlayBook's failings, others decided not to pull any punches in their criticisms. Give RIM credit though, the powers in charge stuck it out, and regarding that fire sale over Black Friday, it appears to be a sign of things to come rather than a declaration that RIM wants out.
Build a low cost tablet (that doesn't suck) and the buyers will come. Amazon's Kindle Fire is proof that there's a significant market out there for non-iPad tablets, and folks, we're just getting started. The Fire has only been burning for two weeks, yet is already on pace to grab the No. 2 spot in the global media tablet market, with shipments expected to reach 3.9 million units by the end of the year.
Amazon's only begun lighting up the tablet market with its recently introduced Kindle Fire, a $199 tablet built around a heavily customized version of Android and powered by a Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 processor, but it's never too early to look ahead. Especially if you're Nvidia, which reportedly scored a deal to supply the application processor in the next Kindle Fire device.
If you're a Sonos user, go grab your dancing shoes and air guitar, because the Sonos System Software 3.6 update gives you more ways to rock out. One of the big additions is Android tablet support via the Sonos Controller for Android app. With Android smartphones already supported, users are now able to wirelessly control Sonos from any Android 2.2 (or above) device with this update, including the Kindle Fire.