Amazon Kindle Fire 8.9-, 10.1-Inch Versions in Development: Report
Amazon is developing 8.9- and 10.1-inch versions of its Kindle Fire to complement its 7-inch one, according to a new report.Whether Amazon's Kindle Fire proves to be the iPad challenger expected by pundits and analysts, the next version of the tablet may already be in development: According to the Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, the online retailer is working on 8.9- and 10.1-inch models. "Amazon is developing 8.9- and 10.1-inch next-generation Kindle Fire models, and has selected an 8.9-inch model for launch by the end of the second quarter of 2012," read the Nov. 21 DigiTimes piece, which cited unnamed sources. It also suggested that Foxconn had become "a second original design manufacturer (ODM) of 7-inch Kindle Fire next to Quanta Computer."
The Kindle Fire is not a tablet in the mode of Apple's iPad or Samsung's Galaxy Tab, whose user interfaces center on grid-like screens of individual applications. Amazon's stated goal has been to build a device that seamlessly connects with its voluminous stores of streaming video content, e-books and music. To that end, the Kindle Fire's user interface consists of a set of virtual "shelves" lined with the user's media and applications, as well as touchable links to Amazon's storefront. In many ways, that makes it more of a vending machine for streaming media than a full-fledged tablet.