Amazon will reportedly include Nokia's mapping services in its next-gen Kindle Fire, which could close the gap between its device and the Google Nexus 7.
Citing unnamed sources, Reuters reported that at least one new version of the popular tablet will be released on Thursday with location capabilities that require a GPS chip or Wi-Fi triangulation.
Mapping services are popular features on tablets, featuring street maps, local business information, and occasional traffic updates, plus navigation instructions, a tool the Google tablet already carries.
A lack of navigation services hasn't stopped Amazon, which announced on Thursday that its first-generation device had completely sold out.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Reports of a Kindle Fire 2 have been swirling all summer, when some analysts forecast at least three different 7in Kindle tablets emerging from Amazon's factories. NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim last month predicted one tablet sporting a 1,024 x 600 pixel display with no camera, another carrying a 1,280 x 800 display, also without a camera, and a final device that is the same size as the last, but with a built-in camera and 4G capabilities.
The original Kindle Fire sold for $199 – the same price as the smaller, 8GB Nexus 7 - but was exclusive to the US market. Amazon has not released further details regarding the upcoming second-gen tablet's price tag or other specs, so stay tuned as more details are likely to emerge from Thursday's event.
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