Amazon to name their tablet Kindle Fire.
Amazon has invited to a press conference this Wednesday. It is widely anticipated that Amazon will unveil the Amazon Tablet. Today TechCrunch chimes in and says that Amazon will name their tablet Kindle Fire. TechCrunch also says that the Kindle Fire is not shipping as rumored already in October, but in the second week of November.
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The Amazon Tablet is sought to be the first real competitor for the Apple iPad. The Kindle Tablet is supposed to sell for $250 and run a special Android version called Kindle OS. The 7-inch tablet is smaller than the iPad and is likely also having less processing power. If it does though all essential tablet functions well than it is going to be a hot seller at the rumored $250 price.
TechCrunch also reports that Barnes & Noble is also coming out with the Nook Color 2. The Nook is already very close to a tablet. It is not a big jump for B&N to add things like email to make the Nook 2 a full, but low-cost tablet.
It is indeed very interesting that retailers have a better chance on competing with the iPad than hardware makers like Motorola or Acer.
Back to the name Kindle Fire. I think it is great. It is strong and I assume Amazon took the inspiration from the term digital fireplace. A tablet is a digital fireplace for one. A tablet a single user experience. That is why they cut away "place."