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Amazon to release new tablets

Posted at 23 July 2012 20:43 CET by Kerry Brown

Amazon.com has been reasonably successful with their e-readers and Kindle Fire tablet, but they are facing renewed competition in the form of Google’s Nexus 7 and the upcoming Surface tablets from Microsoft.  They are planning to release several variations of new tablets, including one with a 10″ screen.   This information comes from a vice president of Staples, which sells the Kindle Fire, but no statement has been given out  by Amazon, so there are no details available yet on the tablets.

Amazon  already released some information early this month regarding a refresh of the Kindle Fire, and this version is expected in the third quarter of this year.  The newer Kindle Fire will be thinner, have a better screen with 1280 x 800 resolution, and a camera.  But it now seems a stop-gap until the new Amazon tablets arrive.

With their digital sales system already well established, Amazon could become  a formidable player in this growing market.  The real question is, can any of them take on Apple in this market?

You can read more at Reuters and All Things D.

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DukeNukem
MyCE Resident Commenter
Posted on: 24 Jul 12 18:41
    Big deal. God released tablets to Moses over 3,000 years ago. Granted, they didn't have Wi-Fi.

    Bummer.
    ChristineBCW
    MyCE Die Hard
    Posted on: 25 Jul 12 14:18
      I was fishing and reading a few weeks ago, and of course the book droppd into the water. I grabbed it, waved off the excess water, reeled in my catch and that was part of our lunch. Afterwards, the book had dried out fine over a tree's branch.

      I kept reading it, and giggling about the German skit, "Opa's iPad", about the German woman who bought her grandfather an iPad, and they were making a quick salad when she asked how he liked it.

      "Sure, it's great."
      Kenshin
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 29 Jul 12 09:50
        Pity there's nothing yet to compare with the latest iPad released to retail months ago.
        alan1476
        Senior Moderator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
        Posted on: 29 Jul 12 20:37
          Quote:
          Originally Posted by Kenshin
          Pity there's nothing yet to compare with the latest iPad released to retail months ago.
          I would have bought the IPAD 3 except for the fact that it does not support " Flash". I still do not understand why?
          Wombler
          Administrator & Reviewer
          Posted on: 29 Jul 12 21:03
            Quote:
            Originally Posted by alan1476
            I would have bought the IPAD 3 except for the fact that it does not support " Flash". I still do not understand why?
            I think it was a marketing decision as Steve Jobs didn't want to even indirectly support Adobe.


            Wombler
            Kenshin
            MyCE Resident
            Posted on: 30 Jul 12 00:51
              Quote:
              Originally Posted by Wombler
              I think it was a marketing decision as Steve Jobs didn't want to even indirectly support Adobe.


              Wombler
              Right after reading Alan's post, I thought it was about the lack of additional flash memory support, but now it seems it's about Adobe Flash. Or, was it both?
              olyteddy
              Senior Moderator
              Posted on: 30 Jul 12 03:02
                Quote:
                Originally Posted by Wombler
                I think it was a marketing decision as Steve Jobs didn't want to even indirectly support Adobe.


                Wombler
                After all the Macs that sold to use Adobe Page Maker, Photoshop and Postscript? Ungrateful Bastage...Me Thinks it's because Apple is highly invested in HTML5. http://www.apple.com/html5/showcase/threesixty/
                alan1476
                Senior Moderator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
                Posted on: 30 Jul 12 03:27
                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by Kenshin
                  Right after reading Alan's post, I thought it was about the lack of additional flash memory support, but now it seems it's about Adobe Flash. Or, was it both?
                  It was about Adobe Flash Kenny.
                  Kenshin
                  MyCE Resident
                  Posted on: 30 Jul 12 21:45
                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by olyteddy
                    After all the Macs that sold to use Adobe Page Maker, Photoshop and Postscript? Ungrateful Bastage...Me Thinks it's because Apple is highly invested in HTML5. http://www.apple.com/html5/showcase/threesixty/
                    There was something about the Flash support mentioned in Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs, but I have to consult the book again.
                    Albert
                    Senior Moderator
                    Posted on: 31 Jul 12 12:30
                      It's worth noting that Android 4.1 has dropped official support for Flash, and Adobe no longer provides updates for the Flash package on earlier OS versions. I say "Good riddance!", personally. But so long as the Amazon tablets and other (I assume) budget models stay on 4.0.x or earlier, the Flash installer can be loaded through whatever means necessary. How well it will work given the lack of support from Adobe, I don't know.

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