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  • Amazon launches Kindle Fire in the US, 20North to bring ‘em in India for Rs. 14,000

    Amazon has managed to pretty much surprise everyone by releasing the new Kindle Fire a day earlier than planned in the US – if you are not aware of what that exactly is, it’s Amazon’s new toy to compete against every other tablet in the market right now, including Android.



    Even though Kindle Fire is technically running Android 2.3, it’s not really Google’s Android – Amazon went ahead and showed that it has the courage to go against the Android leader all by themselves by developing their own version of Android from the open source code. But there are some obvious things you have to give up for that, such as the Android Market with 350,000 apps. Sounds crazy? Because it is, Amazon instead asks developers to split their revenues and also release their apps on Amazon’s own Android Market, whose current app count stands at 10,000. Talk about fragmentation.

    Kindle Fire (kid)

    If somehow we manage to forget about all the mess Amazon has made with Android, Kindle Fire turns out to be a fantastic bang for the buck. For 199$ (approx. Rs. 10,000) you have a 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4 dual-core processor with 512 MB of RAM lighting up a 7-inch display at 1024×600 with 169 pixels per inch. In English, Amazon isn’t earning a lot from this thing which is just amazing for you, that’s Kindle Firehow world works. 8 GB of internal storage for all of your “needs” and a battery that can run all this for 8 hours straight. Of course there is no camera or a 3G version for that matter, but for the price you are getting this you should be rather grateful than complain about not being able to point a 7-inch screen for a photo.

    The Indian side

    Even though Amazon hasn’t really launched this one worldwide officially – 20North is apparently bringing it over to India with a 44% off at Rs. 13499. The “List price”? Rs. 24544 – nowhere around that 199$ Amazon is selling it for in U.S, but who cares until they continue to give that 44% discount bringing it much closer to its real cost. There’s also Kindle Touch WiFi available at Rs. 7878, and adding a 3G antenna to it makes it Rs. 10877. The ol’ and classic Kindle is Rs. 6362, all of which is listed in a clean list over here.

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    Press Release:

    Kindle Fire Ships Today, One Day Early

    Kindle Fire, already the bestselling item on Amazon.com, will start arriving on customers’ doorsteps one day early

    SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 14, 2011– (NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon.com today announced it is shipping Kindle Fire, already the bestselling item on Amazon.com, one day early. Kindle Fire offers more than 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, magazines, apps and games, as well as free storage of Amazon digital content in the Amazon Cloud, Whispersync for books and movies, a 14.6 ounce design that’s easy to hold with one hand, a vibrant color touch screen, a powerful dual-core processor and Amazon Silk – Amazon’s new revolutionary web browser that accelerates the power of the mobile device by using the computing speed and power of the Amazon Web Services cloud – all for only $199. To learn more about Kindle Fire, visit www.amazon.com/kindlefire.
    “We’re thrilled to be able to ship Kindle Fire to our customers earlier than we expected. Kindle Fire quickly became the bestselling item across all of Amazon.com, and based on customer response we’re building millions more than we’d planned,” said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “Customers are excited about Kindle Fire because it is a premium product at the non-premium price of only $199.”

    Kindle Fire offers customers a fully-integrated service with instant access to over 18 million movies, TV shows, magazines, newspapers, books, songs, apps and games, including:

    Over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Amazon Instant Video
    Over 17,000,000 songs from Amazon MP3
    Millions of books
    Over 400 full-color magazines and newspapers
    100 exclusive graphic novels from DC Comics, including Watchmen, the bestselling graphic novel of all time
    Several thousand apps and games, including Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus, Rhapsody, and games from Electronic Arts, Zynga and Rovio
    A free month of Amazon Prime, which offers two-day shipping and access to nearly 13,000 movies and TV shows available to stream at no additional cost and exclusive access to over 5,000 popular books from the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library to read on any Kindle device at no additional cost and with no due dates
    Early comments from product reviewers on Kindle Fire include:
    “The Kindle Fire is a 7-inch tablet that links seamlessly with Amazon’s impressive collection of digital music, video, magazine, and book services in one easy-to-use package. It boasts a great Web browser, and its curated Android app store includes most of the big must-have apps (such as Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu). The Fire has an ultra-affordable price tag, and the screen quality is exceptional for the price.” – CNET

    “The Fire is a marvelous device.” – Chicago Sun-Times

    “It sounds horribly corny, but you’ll feel a little powerful using the Fire, in a consumer couch potato kind of way. The volume of stuff that’s available for your brain to munch on is so immense and easy to grab that the Fire feels massive beyond its small-ish frame—which, by the way, is sturdy and satisfying to hold, like a good paperback. A paperback filled with internet magic and delectable liquid crystal. The Kindle Fire is a spigot, and Prime tastes delicious.” – Gizmodo

    “It bakes in books, music, movies, apps/games, magazines, multi-tasking, universal search, easy access to anything you have in Amazon’s cloud, and a sense that this device and Amazon know you.” – Mashable

    “The Kindle Fire’s killer feature may be its access to the free streaming movies and TV shows that are among the benefits of subscribing to Amazon Prime, the company’s $79-a-year premium program. (A free 30-day subscription to the service is included with the Kindle Fire.)” – The world’s leading consumer magazine

    “The culmination of 17 years of work, the Kindle Fire is the missing piece of the company’s vast corporate puzzle, bringing into harmony nearly every discordant service the company has built since CEO Jeff Bezos first set up shop in his garage in 1994.” – Fortune

    Kindle Fire orders are fulfilled on a first-come first-served basis. Customers can purchase now at www.amazon.com/kindlefire.


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