Amazon to launch Android tablet? The end of Kindle e-reader?

Is Amazon preparing an Android tablet?
According to an interview with Consumer Reports, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said people should “stay tuned” for more news on the company’s plans.

This is the biggest hint we have so far. Last week, Taiwanese Quanta high-tech company claimed that Amazon placed an order for more than 800,000 tablets to be produced per month.
Will the tablets be Android based no one can confirm. But with an Android store in place, Amazon’s next move can only be with Google’s Android. The Amazon Appstore launched earlier this year, combined with Amazon’s dominant position in the web retail industry can only put it up front to launch an Android tablet.

What about Amazon’s own e-reader – the Kindle? In a way, most tablet compete against e-readers, and an Android tablet would do just that. Bezos says:

“We will always be very mindful that we will want a dedicated reading device. In terms of any other product introductions, I shouldn’t answer.”

Bezos clearly states that Amazon’s wants to keep the Kindle e-reader, but he also hints that there will be other tablet/e-reader products.

An Android tablet from Amazon would be great, and will definitely give a good push to the Amazon Appstore. Most likely the Amazon tablet will integrate the Amazon Appstore in the device. But despite what Amazon CEO Bezos claims, the future of the Kindle will be in serious jeopardy; between an e-reader and a tablet which one would you pick? Unless Amazon’s tablet is some sort of super Kindle Android tablet. Now this would be nice.

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