Amazon says the Amazon Kindle Fire is sold out; the low priced tablet has 22% of the tablet market
Perhaps foreshadowing the announcement about the sequel, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says that Amazon has an "exciting roadmap ahead". Sold at $199.99, the Amazon Kindle Fire used price as a selling point. Pricing the tablet low enough that Amazon is said to take a loss on every unit sold, the company more than makes up for the deficit by selling users of the tablet content, apps and cloud-based storage. While the tablet does use the Android OS, it does not offer Google applications. For example, Amazon Kindle Fire users who want to install apps do so from the Amazon Appstore instead of the Google Play Store.
The success of the Amazon Kindle Fire has led to the development of other low priced 7 inch tablets such as the Google Nexus 7, manufactured by ASUS. Apple is expected to introduce a lower priced 7.85 inch version of its tablet no later than October, said to be called the Apple iPad mini. As for Amazon, it is holding a September 6th event during which we should see the curtain lifted on the sequel to the Amazon Kindle Fire.
source: Amazon via Gizmodo
“We’re grateful to the millions of customers who have made Kindle Fire the most successful product launch in the history of Amazon,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “This has been a big year for digital products on Amazon—all of the top 10 sellers on Amazon.com since Kindle Fire launched just less than a year ago are digital products. Kindle Fire is sold out, but we have an exciting roadmap ahead—we will continue to offer our customers the best hardware, the best prices, the best customer service, the best cross-platform interoperability, and the best content ecosystem.”
Kindle Fire offers customers a vast selection of digital content—over 22 million movies, TV shows, apps, games, books, magazines and more—in one seamless, end-to-end experience, making it easy for customers to browse, discover and purchase. Since Kindle Fire launched last September, all of the top 10 products on Amazon—across all products—are digital products.
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1. MeoCao (unregistered)
Amazon seems to be determined to fight N7. I think Bezos is very clever and he may find a way. Very interesting.
4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4416; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Yes I think they are saying the Kindle Fire is sold out so they can start hyping the successor to the Fire. Just my thoughts on the matter.
2. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
yeah bring in the android tablets before Krapple launches its mini, Lets take android to victory. Android FTW.
3. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
Wait... the iPad is 68 percent, the Kindle Fire 22 percent, so... What is still there for Android tablets? o.O
5. Pyoung0560 (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Read it again "TheLibertine" it said the Kindle Fire had 22 percent to the tablet market not counting all the other android tablets such as samsung, google ect. So how do apple hold 68 percent? he did not say android market. o.O
6. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
Ah, you are right.
That iPad market share is a well-known fact, Phonearenas most recent article confirmed that:
Six days ago. It even says 69 percent, quasi seven tents.
8. -box- (Posts: 3878; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
That makes more sense.
I thought the ipad was down to 59% total market, but oh well. We'll see how different the tablet market is in a few months.
9. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
We can only guess. The tech world moves and nothing is eternal. Neither Android, nor iOS.
10. downphoenix (Posts: 2415; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
The Kindle Fire was a crap tablet. It was good for the money, granted, but a lot of its sales were from Holiday '11, it was very popular during the christmas shopping season, and some retailers reported it outsold the Ipad then.
After that, the sales died down quick, because by the point, with tablet discounting and nwe models that are competitive or better than the Fire spec wise, but about the same price, emerged around Late Winter/Early Spring of this year. In fact, Samsung has outsold Amazon on tablets practically this entire year, and their cheapest model is $250.
However, for the price now, it is a low value tablet, its basically a cheapened blackberry playbook, as it uses the same processor, gpu, etc. etc. and it is made in the same facilities and company that made the playbook, but took out some ram, took out the cameras, used lower quality screens and casing, less internal storage, and put the tablet in a shell with a smaller bezel than the Playbook.
I know the Playbook is lacking in the apps department that the Fire is, but I would still have taken my playbook over getting the Fire if I had to do it over again, because its just a higher quality built device, and has better performance, and has one of the top browsers in the market, as opposed to the terrible Silk browser on the Fire.
12. kindlefireowner (Posts: 443; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Do you own a kindle fire. Or just repeating all the garbage you read everyday on phone arena. I have the kindle fire and love it. Never felt like I needed an ipad or nexus 7 in the past year. Here is the thing. The fire is not for everybody just like the iphone is not for everybody.
13. MeoCao (unregistered)
We don't have to own a device to be able to talk about it. The information about any device is available on the net. He talks what he thinks and that's OK.
I guess you should learn more about other 7" tablets especially N7 to know what you are missing.
14. downphoenix (Posts: 2415; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
I have used the Kindle, and it is a decent device, but for the money I would rather get a proper android tablet that I can install the Amazon appstore on, plus have Google Play, plus the proper UI.