The Android Announcement
Kindle and Android fans have a big reason to celebrate this announcement as they will be enjoy over 540,000 eBooks in app (all other Kindle apps have to purchase via Amazon website). We know that it's not a big deal to open Amazon.com in web browser, but this new feature will make it easy to buy a book.
The New Jobs
The New York Times reported dozens of new job listings on the Lab126 site, which lists Kindle-related employment opportunities. The descriptions are somewhat unclear and don't point to any specific technologies about Kindle 3. For example, a Software Quality Assurance Engineer is responsible for ‘Execution of functional testing in all aspects of the device, including user interface, hardware/software integration, and key product metrics.'
The iPad is the big threat to Amazon, and the latter seeks to prove - through potential innovation and app integration - people will find that the Kindle is the best device to read eBook on as well as providing a few distractions. With more than half a million eBooks available on its store (not including public domain titles), Amazon has a leg-up on other retailers for now.
The Comparisons Rage On
The Kindle and the iPad are two totally different devices designed for entirely different desires. Obviously, the Kindle is designed for reading and the iPad is mobile entertainment device. Comparing the two seems a little pointless, but that doesn't stop anybody.
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