Amazon Orders 2 Million Next-Generation Kindle Fire Tablets: Report
A report from the China Times says Amazon has ordered 2 million units of its next-generation Kindle Fire tablet.Online retailer and maker of the popular 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon, has ordered 2 million units of the forthcoming next-generation version of the device from Quanta Computer, a Taiwan-based manufacturer of notebook computers and other electronic hardware, according to a report in the China Times that was picked up by the technology blog UnwiredView. According to the Chinese paper, Amazon has already ordered 2 million 7-inch Kindle Fire 2s from Quanta, for early August delivery, the blog post stated. The report comes on the heels of tablet announcements by Microsoft and Google. The latters tablet, called the Nexus 7, is the same size as the Kindle Fire and is aimed squarely at the low-end tablet market, retailing for $199the same price as the Kindle Fire. The Nexus 7 runs Googles Android operating system, Jelly Bean, a brand-new version with a vastly improved touch screen user interface.
While it was expected that Google would take aim at the Apple iPadwhich during the first quarter of 2012 grabbed a 68 percent slice of the market, according to figures by IDC, the Nexus 7 poses an even greater threat to the Kindle Fire. Google has focused much of the Nexus 7 user experience around its media content center, Play, much the same way Amazon does with its own content portal.