Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Kindle News: Kindle Fire gets Netflix, Pandora, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon said to have increased Fire orders to 5 million + before year-end


A lot going on -- Note that Tuesday's free books article added 18 more newly-free books late at night -- and there were two new ones + a featured free book Wednesday morning.

  Also, I add a Barnes and Noble web-page reference or sourcing for anyone wondering where the info about the likely 1 gig of internal storage for non-BN-purchased files was seen. That's in an update at the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire Face-off, near the top, introduced in red.

Digitimes's Yenting Chen and Rebecca Kuo reported Nov. 10 (they're ahead of us in time zones) that "Amazon has recently increased its Kindle Fire orders to more than five million units before the end of 2011 as pre-orders for the machine remain strong, according to sources from upstream component suppliers."

They'd already raised the order volume from 3.5M to 4M in the middle of the 3rd quarter, Digitimes says. Their upstream partners "including including Wintek, Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT), LG Display, Ilitek, Quanta Computer, Aces Connectors and Wah Hong Industrial will all benefit from the short-term orders."

1TVT's Steve Donohue reports (from Amazon's press release earlier today) that the Fire will allow Netflix subscribers to watch movies and tv shows from its "Watch Instantly" library.

UPDATE - 11/11/11 - Amazon announced the Kindle Fire will also get Hulu Plus and ESPN in the coming week.

  Other apps supported:  Facebook, Pandora, Rhapsody, Zynga, Rovio, The Weather Channel and games from Electronic Arts.

  Other examples Amazon cited as available for download to the Kindle Fire include: Allrecipes, Bloomberg, Cut the Rope, Doodle Fit, Fruit Ninja, Jenga, LinkedIn, Zillow, Airport Mania, Battleheart, Pulse, The Cat in the Hat, Quickoffice Pro, Jamie's 20-Minute Meals, IMDb Movies & TV, and Monkey Preschool Lunchbox, Donohue added. added that Comics by comiXology and popular games from Gameloft and PopCap are included as well.

As has been true for some time, Android tablet users, including those on a Kindle Fire device, will be able to download for free each day a normally 'paid' app.

Idealab's Carl Franzen says that the Facebook app is not an actual fully native mobile app done by Facebook -- it's the Facebook's mobile website "wrapped in a Kindle Fire/Android skin."

Gadget Review mentions that Netflix can stream 1080p video if your device supports it and your Internet is fast enough to deliver it (not that common but Comcast does allow us to download at 20mbps at the best of times). Amazon streams at 720p (more than needed for the small tablets, which aren't 1280x720 devices).

As Newsfactor's Jennifer LeClaire points out:
' "The Kindle Fire is a consumption-oriented tablet, where you are buying into Amazon's extensive list of content and services," said Avi Greengart, an analyst at Current Analysis. "But that doesn't preclude using other people's content as well. ...

"If you want a more computer-centric device or if you want access to Apple's ecosystem, which is significantly larger than what Amazon is offering, there are still plenty of reasons to buy an iPad," Greengart said. "But in the 7-inch category, the Kindle Fire looks like the tablet to beat." '
Hulu is not, as I said yesterday, included in Amazon's announcements, but they are reported as final bidders on any possible sale of Hulu, so that's up in the air. B&N does have an arrangement with Hulu for the NookColor though, so that's a consideration for some.

Tech Crunch's Chris Velazco writes, "Maybe the Kindle Fire isn’t as ‘media-deficient’ a tablet as [Barnes & Noble] CEO William Lynch would have us believe."

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