“Amazon has been readying a color screen tablet that will run the Google Android operating system,” Nick Bilton reports for The New York Times. “According to a person who works with Amazon and asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak publicly by the company, Amazon has struggled with a number of issues while building its upcoming tablet.”
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“Executives worried that putting Android on an Amazon tablet would be like opening a new music and video store on a city street already packed with dozens of other music and video stores,” Bilton reports. “In the end, Amazon realized that if it created its own operating system for its upcoming tablet, it would need to entice developers to build apps on yet another platform… Hewlett-Packard, with its webOS, and Research in Motion, also with its own operating system, are having a harder time winning developer’s time and they have far fewer apps.”
MacDailyNews Take: Android tablet sufferers aren’t much better off – their app choices are few and far between. A couple hundred versus hundreds of thousands for iPad users.
“Amazon has also been working hard to offer a device that is competitively priced compared to other tablets. The person who works the company said Amazon planned to offer its Kindle tablet at a lower price than the Apple iPad, which costs from $500 to $830 depending on memory size and 3G abilities,” Bilton reports. “To do this, Amazon is building its tablet with the bare necessities inside. Limiting memory capacity, peripherals and choosing to skip a built-in camera in the device, the person said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Just what the world needs, more half-assed cheap crap afflicted with AppLack™.