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Amazon iPad 2 Competitor Landing In Autumn

Online retailing giant Amazon will apparently introduce its first tablet device before October, according to people with knowledge of the matter, and will also release two new versions of its Kindle ebook reader.

An article by Stu Woo and Yukari Iwatani Kane of the Wall Street Journal reports that one of the Kindle readers will be a touchscreen device while the other will be an improved but cheaper version of the current Kindle.

They will both use the same ink technology as the previous Kindles, although it will be interesting to see how much of a premium a touchscreen feature adds to the Kindle.

As for the tablet, it will have a 9-inch screen no rear or front camera and will run on the Google Android operating system. Amazon will also outsource the design and production of the tablet to an Asian manufacturer, the WSJ confirms.

Many see the tablet as an essential piece of Amazon's strategy aimed at encouraging its consumers to watch videos, listen to music, read ebooks and use apps, that they have either purchased or rented from Amazon.

Amazon has launched an Appstore that is a relabelled version of Google's Android Market. The latest rise in price of apps in Apple's App store is likely to give an additional incentive to users to switch.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.