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.
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.