Enterprise Mobility: An Amazon Android Tablet as iPad Rival: 10 Burning Questions
Will an Amazon Tablet Be Based on Android?
This question might seem to be a laugher for many of you who view an Android-based Amazon slate as a foregone conclusion. But remember, the Kindle is Amazon's own device built from the ground up using the Linux kernel. Who is to say we won't see a Kindle OS-based tablet? Still, the presence of the Android Appstore makes it hard to imagine a tablet running on anything but the open-source platform.
Perhaps one of the worst-kept secrets in the high-tech world today is that Amazon.com, the lord of e-commerce, is building a tablet. Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos even told Consumer Reports to "stay tuned" when asked if there was an Amazon device other than a Kindle coming down the pike. Of course, there have been no official confirmations, and gadget blogs are surprisingly in the dark and confined to guesswork on this front. The current rumors have Samsung building the device(s) for Amazon, powering it with Nvidia Kal-el quad-core processors. We don't claim to know better, but considering that Amazon reportedly will launch the tablet(s) later this year, we need to start figuring these things out. Bezos told Amazon's shareholders June 7: "Most of our customers shop with us from desktop or laptop computers, but people have a different posture with tablets. They lean back on their sofa. People leaning back on their sofa, buying things from Amazon is another tailwind for our business, so I'm very excited about that." That's kind of how we feel about Amazon's tablet. Bezos' comment quickly turns the conversation to one not of "if" there will be an Amazon tablet, but "when." Apple has already defined the tablet market with the iPad. But Amazon has been a prominent tablet player with its Kindle e-reader. Perhaps Bezos and Co. can redefine the playing field with its own offering. So here are 10 burning questions eWEEK has about the predicted Amazon tablet.