• http://shoreviewpost.com Chris Dohman

    funny, not one word about the nook color, the closest thing to the fire on the market…

  • Craig Ewert

    Greg, the absence of the Google app store will be a hindrance to wide acceptance of the Fire. Using only Amazon’s store, the selection will be much much narrower (they don’t say so, but I’ll bet you my grandmother).

    I tried the B&N Nook with similar results. It’s a fine 7″ android on the face of it, but the first time you try to leave the walled garden, you get thwarted. I returned the device the next week.

    Maybe I’m wrong, and maybe Amazon will have every popular app in their market. Since one of them is a book reader for other book brands, I strongly doubt it.

  • TimmyTime

    “If Amazon becomes the dominant seller of Android tablets — it probably will now — that creates problems for Google on several levels. Google won’t control the Fire’s browser and apps will be sold or made available through Amazon’s App Store not Google’s Android Market. Microsoft could pay Amazon (speculating here) to make Bing the default search engine on Fire, and so on.”

    I knew Google would not like this, but it’s good to get official confirmation. Looks like this Android will also be a total fork, done independently of what Google does.

    But what’s the big deal, isn’t the Android ‘free and open source’? I swear I heard Googlers say that. How do Chrome or G search come in this debate, they are totally unrelated to Android. Google did the world a service with Android and Amazon took them up on their offer.

    Amazon will probably use Bing to avoid paying the Android patent license fee to Microsoft.

    This should make the benevolent Google feel happy, their gift to the world will be used by many more people. Celebrate!

  • http://europeforvisitors.com Durant Imboden

    I’m not sure that the Amazon Fire undermines Google any more than, say, a TV set-top box with Linux hidden in its innards is undermining Linux. It may not be promoting Google or Android, but look at the bright side from Google’s point of view: It isn’t promoting iOS or Windows, either.

  • Duglarri

    The only way Amazon was able to do this was the fact that they lucked onto a completed design that was paid for by Blackberry- who for some insane reason didn’t have a clause in their contract with the manufacturer that said, “You can’t go and sell this design and put someone else’s name on it.” Imagine if Apple made that kind of mistake- if the company that builds the IPad 2 was able to offer it to anyone- just install your own software. Bit of a leg up, wouldn’t you say?

    So unless RIM has paid for a 10-inch version of this for Amazon to lift- there’s not likely a 10-inch tablet in the works.

  • pioter

    The thing I found missing in price comparison is the amount of storage. Toshiba Thrive & HTC Flyer both have 16GB (optional 32GB), Kindle 8GB – in Apple’s terms that would be 100$ difference. Still 100$ to much, but you get Android Market vs Amazon Store in a walled garden.

  • G.T.

    Greg this is another ill thought out article in a long line of stupid group think articles that the Consensus herd has written about Google. Its just plain dumb. Why don’t you sit back for a second and ask yourself why Amazon feels a need to create a media tablet? Might they not feel very threatened by Apple and Google?? Might the move to digital media be a big risk to them? Ask yourself why people signed up for Prime accounts in the first place? Why did they go to Amazon in the first place? Then ask yourself who’s home turf is amazon playing on? They are going to steal android from Google, seriously give me a break. They don’t have the margin structure or the balance sheet to play this game. Oh and they actually need to make money off selling the media content if they are going to lose money on the tablet. Google doesn’t.

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