Monday, May 16, 2011

Amazon tablet family rumors grow, with 'Coyote' and 'Hollywood' code names

RUMOR: Amazon tablets with dual core and, later, quad core NVIDIA processors?

BGR (Boy Genius Reports) thinks so.  Following upon the AndroidandMe tablet-family rumors posted by Taylor Wimberly citing trusted sources a couple of days ago, BGR writes today that the one of the Amazon tablets is being code-named “Coyote” (probably entry-level, powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor used in the Motorola Xoom, T-Mobile G Slate and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1) and the other is code-named the more star-dusted "Hollywood," powered by NVIDIA's quad-core "Kal-E1" processor said by BGR to give a 500% performance increase over the NVIDIA dual-core Tegra 2 processer.

BGR says that a "tipster" told them that Amazon is planning on releasing "at least two before the end of the year," but there's no information yet on screen sizes.

Ad-supported version maybe and loaded tablets?
With the talk today that the new $114 WiFi-only Kindle 3 with Special Offers and Ads is currently outselling its other Kindles (at least while new), it would seem a good bet that this gives them confidence in going for an ad-supported Android tablet as well, to get lowest consumer pricing while coming with the ready Android app store and their Cloud storage and streaming video and music in place, the streaming features already working very smoothly from the start.

Expanding Lab126
Then Silicon Valley venture capitalist Dana Stalder tweeted about Lab126 "leasing LOTS more space in Cupertino...across street from Apple" and linked us to the Lab126 "our vision" page that I see has a final image titled "the next revolution" and I was interested in what they chose as a size, although I don't think it actually means that much.

Fulfillment Centers mushrooming everywhere
Amazon has been putting out calls for employees for Fulfillment centers all around the county in the last month.  Today's call is for two locations in Tennessee and mentions "Hiring for Hundreds of Full-time Jobs with Great Benefits"

What are they thinking of fulfilling in large numbers?  The last time I saw so many fulfillment centers hiring (with press releases announcing them), it was near the holiday season.

While the due date has been anticipated to be 'by the holidays' there is always the possibility that the first one could be by August-September or even before -- who knows?

The added production capacity assistance to EIH's HYDIS by CPT in producing FFS screen panels, mentioned in the Saturday's post about FFS technology, involved CPT already having "started development" in January.

Weakest rumor: In the Kindle forums, someone who has done some Amazon reviews mentioned that a friend of her fiance already had one in hand and was working on the graphic interface.  She was advised by forum members that if true, she should delete the posting due to non-disclosure requirements

Kindle e-reader + Amazon Android tablet(s)
As Bezos said in his interview with Consumer Reports reported Thursday, tablets would be supplemental to the Kindle e-reader line, and stressed, "We will always be very mindful that we will want a dedicated reading device."

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