Monday, December 5, 2011

Amazon Kindle Fire First Tablet to Challenge Apple iPad?

Amazon's Kindle Fire might be the first "tablet" to get serious traction, other than Apple's iPad. In fact, Evercore Partners' analyst Robert Cihra now estimates the Kindle Fire will represent half of all Android tablet sales in 2012.

Shipments of Android-based tablets are expected to jump from 19 million to 20 million units in 2011 to 44 million to 45 million units in 2012, Digitimes says. 

Some might quibble, arguing that the Kindle Fire is an e-reader, not a tablet. But you might remember Apple CEO Steve Jobs insisting 10 inch screens were a minimum requirement for tablets. Amazon will own 50% of Android tablet market in 2012

IHS iSuppli said Friday that the Kindle Fire is expected to take second place in the global media tablet business in the fourth quarter, behind Apple's iPad. 

Amazon will ship 3.9 million Kindle Fire tablets during the last three months of 2011, according to a preliminary projection from iSuppli.Amazon Kindle Fire sales

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