Amazon may be secretive about its plans as far as its next generation Kindle is concerned, but it’s not too hard to realize that the company is in the move and getting ready for a major announcement. The company has already introduced Amazon Kindle DX Global but more importantly has given us Kindle Development Kit, something we have been waiting for a couple of years now. As I mentioned in a previous post, Amazon does tend to give us hints about its next moves, and the fact that the company has partnered with EA Mobile to bring games to Kindle means we are in for a major upgrade as far as Amazon Kindle is concerned. That may mean more powerhouse, a better software, and maybe a color screen.
It seem CNET is getting the same vibe from Amazon’s latest moves. To be frank, Amazon has played the news cycle perfectly by announcing new things one at a time. Considering that Apple is planning a huge event on January 27th, it’s not tough to assume that Amazon will have something for us by the end of February. Now it could be just a minor announcement (e.g. software update), but Amazon will find a way to keep Kindle in the news. Either way, it’d be very interesting to see if Amazon introduces a touch screen Kindle as CNET’s piece suggests:
The biggest rumor going around is that Amazon is planning to do a touch-screen Kindle that allows it to do away with the physical keyboard, replacing it with a virtual one, and shrinking the device a bit.
It’s actually not too hard to imagine Amazon making that move. Nook and Alex are two e-book readers that have introduced touch-based navigation. Apple tablet is also going to be a touch-screen device. So we shouldn’t fault Amazon for trying to follow the trends. Besides, the physical keyboard is overrated to say the least.
Kindle 3 is going to be the start of a new era for Amazon Kindle fans. So far, we have been getting minor upgrades from Amazon. The next generation Kindle is going to be much more fun to play with considering all the apps that developers will introduce for it. Let’s hope Amazon gives developers enough flexibility to develop sophisticated apps for the device.
What are your thoughts on touch-screen Amazon Kindle?