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Amazon To Launch Android Tablet After App Store Debut?

Amazon officially launched its alternative to the official Google Android Market, called the App Store, earlier today with nearly 4000 applications already including star hits like Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja and Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2.

This, Larry Dignan reckons (opens in new tab), could point at a bigger plan for Android tablets within Amazon overarching strategy, especially given the company's current success with the Kindle and its Apple-like approach when it comes to content quality (ebooks and apps are vetted before being added).

This means that while the App Store will possibly grow slower than Google's Android market, it is likely that it will attract a bigger number of developers, lured by Amazon's reputation.

Which brings us to that interesting scenario; An Android-based tablet from Amazon which was mentioned back in September 2010, August 2010 and March 2011.

Amazon has learnt a lot from the Kindle and we suspect that it would be relatively easy for it to come up with a so-called IPad killer; why hasn't Apple already released that killer tablet? Possibly because they wanted to gauge the market first and because they're waiting for a major breakthrough when it comes to display.

That breakthrough, we believe, will come through Qualcomm and its Mirasol technology. According to Fastcompany (opens in new tab), Qualcomm signed an agreement with an unknown client and is investing in a $2 billion plant in china which is rumoured to start working in 2011 with bulk delivery in 2012.

Mirasol first hit mainstream press back in May 2008 during the SID conference (opens in new tab) and has been a regular attraction at CES events since then.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.