The tech world awaits Apple’s next big tablet launch on Wednesday, but unlike last year, the iPad has a formidable competitor in Amazon’s upstart, the Kindle Fire. Mobile ad provider Jumptap said data gathered through its network over the last three months indicates that the Kindle Fire has grown to 33 percent of tablet traffic in January, up from 20 percent in December and 4 percent in November when it launched.
The Kindle Fire is less a tablet and more a $200 window into Amazon's storefront. The 7-inch slate that shares its DNA with the BlackBerry PlayBook lacks any physical features bar a micro-USB port, headphone jack and speaker. Internally, that 1GHz CPU is paired up with 512MB of RAM and 8GB storage, with no option for increased size, Bluetooth, 5GHz WiFi or 3G.
Yes, my Amazon Kindle Fire will never be the same again. Why? The Senior XDA Developer, NRGZ28 who is well known with his Energy ROM has a gift to all Kindle Fire users ~ Energy CM9 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for Kindle Fire. I started to use Energy Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM on HTC HD2. And tried Android version too.
When I?got myself an Amazon Kindle for my birthday, I?had no idea that there was going to be a Kindle Fire tablet to rival the iPad just a few months later. I kind of kicked myself for jumping the gun, but I?learned to appreciate the new electronic toy. Just like I?did with the laptop, the iPod Nano and other things I've bought during the years.
San Francisco, CA, February 29, 2012 – Maxthon, a global software and web services company, announces the debut of the newly optimized version of Maxthon Mobile for the Kindle Fire from Amazon. Based on customer reviews, which give Maxthon a near perfect rating of 5 stars, Maxthon Mobile is a more popular choice for the Fire than the stock browser that comes with the device.
DisplayMate just published the results of a test comparing tablets and smartphones under bright ambient lighting conditions. On the tablet side, the tests were run on an iPad 2, Xoom, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Kindle Fire, with lighting that ranged from 0 lux (absolute darkness) to 40,000 lux (indirect sunlight, outdoors).
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM is not perfect on Amazon Kindle Fire yet. So I prefer to have Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread CM7 ROM on my Kindle Fire than Android 4.0.3 ICS CM9 ROM. Luckily, there is not much custom ROM for Kindle Fire (compare to Samsung Galaxy S II). So I can test all CM7 ROM for Kindle Fire.
Last summer, I was one of the first to write in detail about Amazon's Kindle Fire, expected in the fall of 2011. My sources on this were impeccable and early on I got a good idea of what Amazon had up its sleeves. However, during my discussion with my sources on this, one interesting tidbit came up that I have not written about until now.
February 25, 2012, 7:40 AM — Barnes & Noble's new Nook Tablet is pretty similar to Amazon's Kindle Fire and you suspect that B&N took a look at the Fire's success and said to their Nook e-reader engineers, "We need a $199 Android tablet, stat!"
Thanks in large part to the success of the Amazon Kindle Fire, the Android tablet marketis finally heating up and starting to impact Apple iPad market share. With the new OS 2.0 update available for the BB PlayBook, I recommend people seriously consider one for $199 instead of the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire if they are looking for more of a tablet than an ebook reader.