The world of tablets is expanding more than ever as we are expecting, in fact, to be seeing Amazon pitching in the battlefield. The online shopping giant may be coming out with its own tablets by end of this year. And the twist is that it is not releasing only one, but two devices.
While the exact configuration of tablets is not known, the entry level tablet is codenamed “Coyote” with NVIDIA Tegra 2 platform, while the bigger one is codenamed “Hollywood” will be based on the NVIDIA T30 “Kal-El” which will bring a screaming quad-core processor with a 500% performance increase over the dual-core Tegra 2.
Amazon’s been rather busy on the mobile front, as just yesterday it landed a good deal with PopCap’s first two Android titles debuting on its Appstore. As a part of this deal, PopCap will bring its popular Chuzzle and Plants vs. Zombies to Amazon Appstore within the month, the first one on Tuesday and the other one sometime later.
Amazon opened its Appstore for Android back in March, introducing free and paid gaming options. Amazon’s Appstore for Android is a beta portal where developers can submit applications for Android-based smartphones and gamers can purchase games for as low as $0.99. Amazon draws developers by highlighting the opportunity to access to tens of millions of active Amazon customers—their customers having strong interest in mobile experience.
Much more is going in the tablets realm too, some good developments, while others are gray-shaded. The most recent is the new HP Elitebook series with two new “ultra-portable laptops” – tablet-laptop hybrids. The HP Elitebook 2560p model comes in at 3.68 pounds with a 12.5-inch diagonal HD display and an integrated optical drive. The 2760p comes with similar specs, only with a 2.1-inch screen. The company is also working on bringing some more tablet computers to attract its customer base.
Cisco is also coming up with new Cius Android-powered business tablet, which will apparently connect to AT&T’s HSPA+ wireless network. The new tablet is expected to launch this fall, and will represent Cisco’s entry into yet another market. While these are some positive things happening around in tablet world, we heard RIM recalling around 1,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets because of a software glitch a month after the device went on sale. This is again a setback for the company as it is already facing so many issues maintaining a leadership position in the mobile realm. Moreover, its tablet is also getting mixed reviews from industry analysts, the majority of them not so good.
Last, but not the least, Nokia is also planning to come up with its first tablet in the saturating market. The company will utilize both Symbian and Linux-based MeeGo operating systems for its tablet computers. All it is waiting for is just the right time to enter the marketplace.