or is there also a larger tablet in the works? We should know for sure on September 6th when Amazon will host an event that it has sent out invitations to. Most likely the event will be used as a springboard to announce the sequel(s) to the Amazon Kindle Fire. That comes a day after the Motorola/Verizon event presumably to introduce the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and the Nokia/Microsoft event at which the first two Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 models should be announced. If you're wondering why Amazon would risk having its announcement lost in the glow of the previous day's anticipated news, it all boils down to September 12th. Amazon would rather take its chances against the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and the new Windows Phone models than having to go up against the Apple iPhone 5 and the Apple iPad mini in the media.
The Amazon Kindle Fire doesn't come with Google applications. While Amazon is said to take a loss on each tablet sold, they make it back by selling content, apps and cloud related storage space.