9to5 Mac has a nice round-up report about the various news stories currently doing the rounds regarding Amazonís much-touted iPad rival tablet, which it says will be launched by Amazon at a media event this Wednesday in New York. According to TechCrunch, the new Android tablet will be called Kindle Fire (geddit?!), so as not to be confused with the Kindle e-reader devices; it will be made by Foxconn, the company that also makes the iPad, and will have a seven-inch colour touchscreen. It will not have an email client out of the box, but users will be able to download one of their choice, or use the installed browser for web-based mail programmes. Adding to the story, Peter Kafka at AllThingsD says that Amazon is also meanwhile busy forging many partnerships with Hollywood studios and magazine publishers for content including the likes of Fox, Hearst, Conde Nast and Meredith. And as 9to5 Mac notes, Amazon is already in the very favourable position of being able to sell both physical and digital products on its website, meaning that it could sell very competitive Kindle Fire bundles with subscriptions to magazines and apps, for example. Hopefully we should know a lot more once Amazon launches the device tomorrow as to whether or not the Kindle Fire could be the first genuine challenger to the iPadís dominance of the tablet market.
Source: Book Burning? Amazon trying to set iPad ablaze Wednesday with the Kindle Fire tablet launch | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence