"We’ll have Netflix and Pandora too, you guys, just like Nook Tablet" – Amazon.com
That might not be a verbatim quote but it’s the basic message of a statement put out yesterday by Amazon, presumably in response to the announcement of the Nook Tablet, the first real competitor to Amazon’s impending Kindle Fire. Barnes & Noble really talked up the entertainment possibilities of the Nook Tablet and how great it will be to watch movies and listen to music. From the release (actual quote this time):
When Kindle Fire customers across the country open their boxes next week, they will be able to choose from several thousand of the most popular Android apps and games, including Netflix, Rhapsody, Pandora, Twitter, Comics by comiXology, Facebook, The Weather Channel and popular games from Zynga, EA, Gameloft, PopCap and Rovio. Kindle Fire customers will be able to download these apps and games without having to register multiple times and using Amazon’s simple and secure 1-Click payment technology. Plus, all apps are Amazon-tested on Kindle Fire for the best experience possible, customers can get a great “paid” app for free every day, and once you’ve downloaded an app from the Amazon Appstore, it’s available on Kindle Fire as well as your other Android-based devices.
I’m dubious as to whether Amazon is legitimately worried about B&N but it’s safe to say they are aware that people will now have options and that Kindle Fire doesn’t necessarily own the mini-tablet space.
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