Enterprise Mobility: Amazon's Evolution From Web Retail Giant to Powerful Google, Apple Rival
Amazon's Kindle Fire launched this week, sparking a frenzy of reviews and press coverage. A few short years ago, one would never guess Amazon would be selling its own brand-name consumer electronics devices, but the Kindle tablet family keeps growing. Moreover, the Kindle Fire marks the biggest, most aggressive assault on the Web provinces Google and Apple have been carving out for themselves in the last few years. But how did Amazon get here? In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the major product launches that pit Amazon against Google and Apple. Not every little salvo is covered. But the major ones illustrate the overall trend. With more Kindle Fires, iPads and Android tablets on the way, you can bet the three high-tech giants will continue to jostle each other in the mobile market during 2012.
Books, CDs, DVDS-Oh, My!
Founded in 1994, Amazon started selling books online in 1995 but added CDs, DVDS and plenty more throughout the rest of the 1990s. Amazon thrived even as erstwhile e-commerce challengers fell by the wayside after the dot-com bubble burst. Amazon would finally show a profit in 2001: $5 million, or a penny a share, on sales of more than $1 billion.