According to Amazon, the original (2011) model of the Kindle Fire (KF) captured 22% of the tablet market. Whether or not you believe that figure, it was almost certainly the most popular Android tablet of the year. When compared to the often-times much more expensive tablets on the market, it was easy to see why: the Kindle fire offered 90% of the experience for 50% (or less) of the price.
On September 6, Amazon announced three new Kindles: a 6" non-Android model called the Paperwhite (with or without 3G), the 7" Kindle Fire HD (16 and 32GB), and an 8.9" Kindle Fire HD (16 or 32GB), while updating the hardware and dropping the price of the original Fire to $160.
So, you were thinking about picking up a Kindle Fire HD, rooting it, and throwing a ROM on it for an impressive $200 tablet? Turns out that idea may not work out as well as we initially thought: both the Kindle Fire HD and the second gen KF have locked bootloaders. Bummer.
This may not mean that custom ROMs are impossible on these devices, only that it's more improbable.
For those who may not know, the bootloader is responsible for checking the firmware's signature before a device boots.
When the new Kindle Fire and HD models were announced three days ago, the tech world was abuzz with the fact that Amazon has laced them with "Special Offers" in order to keep the cost down. Immediately, one question came to everyone's mind: will I be able to remove the ads?
Initially, there was some confusion on the answer to that questions. We actually heard reports from both sides of the fence - some said "yes, the ads will be removable," while others stated that they were there to stay.
If you couldn't make your way out to Santa Monica today to watch Jeff Bezos and company take the wraps off the new line of Kindles (and live blogs just aren't good enough), you can now watch the entire event on YouTube.
Hit play above and you'll get about one hour and 12 minutes of pure, unadulterated Kindle-y goodness. We're talking the Kindle
Paperweight Paperwhite, rehashed Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HDs, and all other Kindle typing things you can handle.
Following today's announcements, Amazon decided to take some time to introduce a few awesome new features those who buy from the Kindle line can expect to enjoy from their new Amazon-branded tablets. In this post, we'll take a brief look at the bevy of new features, starting with X-Ray for Movies.
Earlier today, Amazon announced a slew of new Kindle products: a refreshed 8GB Fire, brand new 16/32GB Fire HD 7" and 16/32GB Fire HD 8.9", including 32/64GB LTE-enabled variants, and a Kindle Paperwhite which doesn't run Android. The pre-order links weren't working right away, but they've just gone live, and I have them all for you right here.
Kindle Fire (2012 Refresh)
8GB - $159 (September 14th release date) - Pre-order link
Kindle Fire HD 7"
16GB - $199 (September 14th release date) - Pre-order link
32GB - $249 (October 25th release date) - Pre-order link
Kindle Fire HD 8.9"
16GB - $299 (November 20th release date) - Pre-order link
32GB - $369 (November 20th release date) - Pre-order link
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G-LTE
32GB - $499 (November 20th release date) - Pre-order link
64GB - $599 (November 20th release date) - Pre-order link
Repeat after me - "paperwhite." Not "paperweight." Amazon didn't think this one through, did it?
Amazon's just announced not one, but
two a few new Kindle Fires: the Fire and Fire HD 7/8.9. The former is a slight bump in spec and drop in price from its predecessor:
- Faster 1.2GHz OMAP4430 dual-core processor
- 7" 1024x600 IPS LCD display, 169ppi
- 2-point multi-touch
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB storage
- Android 4.0 underpinning
- Stereo speakers
- 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (single-band), though no support for ad-hoc networks
- Longer battery life (8.5 hours of continuous use)
- No camera or microphone
- 14.1oz (400 grams)
- Free month of Amazon Prime
- X-Ray for Movies and Books, Immersion Reading, Whispersync for Voice, and more
Other than that, Amazon was very scant on details.
Amazon, in a press release posted this morning, announced that its "#1 best-selling product," the Kindle Fire, is now sold out. The release boasts the Fire's millions of sales, noting that it managed to eat up an impressive 22% of tablet sales in the US, and added to the overall success of Amazon's digital product sales.
What makes this announcement interesting is that Amazon has a press conference scheduled for September 6th, meaning we're likely to see the latest member of the Kindle family unveiled very soon.
While the world waits for Google's own $200 7" tablet to be announced at Google I/O, CNET is reporting that Amazon may be ready to announce a successor to the wildly popular Kindle Fire this summer. The tech blog reports that Amazon may be preparing for a July 31st launch event to announce the next Kindle-branded tablet.
CNET's sources also point to a built-in camera and physical volume controls among the additions.