They already have an Android Appstore and an e-reader tablet. Putting the two together seems like an obvious next steps so the rumors about an Amazon Web Tablet based on Android seems reasonable.
The price of the Kindle is speculated to reach zero by November (the price has been dropping in a straight line since the release of version 1). Maybe the Amazon Web Tablet based on Android will become the premium tablet, of course with full access to the entire Amazon store.
Amazon has lots of other goodies, like the entire EC2 infrastructure with virtual computers in the cloud. This also include the S3 file storage that gets you 5GB of storage for free in their “Cloud Drive” offering.
Amazon has quickly come to dominate online shopping of physical goods. The pieces are coming together for a future where they also dominate in virtual goods sale (e-books, apps, music etc.). The Amazon Web Tablet (and phone?) will be the key to this future and it’s all possible thanks to Android.
The star of the show will of course be the iPad 2. Some are saying that it will hit the stores almost immediately, something that all the Android 3.0 tablets are failing to do even months after their first appearance.
I’m quite happy with my iPad, even though I’m not using it as a note taking tool as I first thought, I’m not sure what would make me want to upgrade. A camera? Perhaps. That’s at least one of the features I’m almost sure to see tomorrow.
Been looking around for some reviews of the Motorola Xoom, the first Android 3.0 web tablet with a 10.1 inch screen with a 1280×800 resolution and 1080p HD support. So far, all I can find are “previews” badly dressed up as reviews. No one seems to have actually used the device.
So, all we can do is drool over videos such as this one, taken at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week:
The Honeycomb look and feel certainly has the work of a single mind written all over it — while we know this is very much a team effort (something we discussed with Matias in our interview at CES), it’s also clear that someone is steering the ship with far more resolve than ever before witnessed in this OS. From a purely visual standpoint, Android 3.0 comes together in a far more cohesive manner than any previous iteration of the software, and the changes aren’t just cosmetic.
Will Google keep developing two operating systems both doing sort of the same thing?
I doubt it.
Chromium OS was a good idea – a browser based “OS for the cloud”, but Android can be used in basically the same way and has far greater momentum.
OK, so Chrome OS is mainly for netbooks? But, seriously, the only difference between a netbook and a web tablet is that the former has a keyboard and no touch display. Oh, one more thing: the netbook usually runs Windows…
Google has tried building a Chrome Store for buying web apps – but on one is using it. They even have problems with the Android Market. Should they be running two different stores at all? Not the best way to use your resources, I would say.
Chrome OS supposedly boots very fast. So what? I never turn my iPad off and not my Android phone either. They’re not supposed to be rebooted – only sleeping.
If Chrome OS came out two years ago, when netbooks ruled the world, it would have been a great competitor to Windows. But today, no – let it go, Google. Focus your energy on making Android the best it can be.
When it comes to features it’s hard to beat the Motorola Xoom tablet. With the NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core processor and 1280×800 resolution it’s sure to be a stunning gaming and video machine. 4G (LTE) is coming to make sure you can stream videos fast enough.
But there’s more than just muscles. It’s the first device with Android 3.0. Google Books comes included. A mysterious music sync feature is reported to be included.
The big question is if Google can keep backwards compatibility together or if we will see fragmentation on Android as we’ve seen in so many other mobile OSes in the past.