Android tablet makers who aren't willing to compete with Amazon's upcoming Kindle Fire are likely to get burned (which is why some are choosing to focus on Windows 8-based slates instead). ViewSonic's message is 'Game on' as it introduces its new ViewPad 7e tablet with the "economical consumer in mind." And by economical consumer, ViewSonic is referring to customers willing to pony up no more than $200 for an Android slate.
Samsung today officially announced the upcoming availability of its Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus tablet featuring the Peel Smart Remote TV appliation. The 7-inch slate will hit retailers on November 13th for $400, four days before Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet starts shipping. Those who want to get a jump start can put their pre-orders in beginning October 23rd.
As we mentioned in our Netflix vs. Amazon Prime head to head a week or so back, Netflix supports virtually every device you can buy on the market these days. Part of the reason for that “virtually?” Honeycomb tablets. Sure, you could make some minor tweaks to get it up and running on your Android 3.x tablet, but officially, Netflix supported Android 2.2 and 2.3 only. Up until today, that is; an upgrade to the Android app has officially de-shunned Honeycomb users, Canadians and viewers from Latin American countries.
Perhaps looking to steal a little thunder from Amazon's upcoming Kindle Fire launch on November 17th, Asus is gearing up to officially announce it's Eee Pad Transformer 2 tablet on November 9th. Asus posted a teaser video that's more flair than informative, but company chairman Johnny Shih did share some juicy details with Walt Mossberg at the AsiaD conference.
Twonky is a name many readers of this site will find familiar. Twonky's media server provides DLNA functionality in high-end NAS appliances like the QNAP TS-459 Pro II, and is a great solution for those looking to serve media from their PC. Twonky Beam Browser is a streaming media application for Android devices that makes use of the company's experience with DLNA, but takes it to an entirely new level.
Amazon did more than just throw down the gauntlet when it announced its $200 Kindle Fire tablet, the e-tailer may have also scared off some of the competition altogether. Oddly enough, the Kindle Fire might actually help Microsoft increase its presence in the mobile market, as OEMs look to Windows 8-based slates in order to avoid a price war among Android tablets.
Take a look around and it's easy to come to the conclusion that Apple's iPad is what the masses want. After all, nobody's standing in line overnight to purchase a PlayBook. Next on the list is Android, though only if the price is right (and Amazon's Kindle Fire is priced right). Where does Windows fit in with all this? Maybe much higher than you think.
Amazon set the tablet world ablaze by pricing its Kindle Fire at just $199, and it took all of two nanoseconds for Research In Motion to react by making sure its sales partners marked its BlackBerry PlayBook down. The pressure is on for competing tablet makers to slash prices or risk losing ground to Amazon. Will Asus be next? Don't hold your breath.
Part for part and with manufacturing costs taken into account, Amazon appears to be losing $10 for every Kindle Fire tablet it sells, according to a build of materials (BOM) estimate IHS iSuppli put together. The reason Amazon can afford to sell hardware at a loss -- if in fact the mega online retailer really is losing money -- is because it will make up for it in services and sales after the fact. If the numbers are correct, Amazon will have to make up $950,000 just to account for the first day of pre-order sales.