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Amazon's first Kindle devices may have been ereaders, but with the Kindle Fire, Amazon is neck deep in the tablet world.
Previous research has found that tablets are popular gaming devices, so it's no surprise that Amazon is interested in making sure its app store is filled with compelling games.
When Amazon entered the tablet space, there were more than a few skeptics. But launching the Kindle Fire made sense: Amazon is one of the world's most efficient retailers, is flush with cash, has significant technical chops and brings a content ecosystem that few other companies can rival.
With all that, it's no surprise that Amazon has found some success with the Kindle Fire, which is now the most popular Android-based tablet in the world.
The popularity of Google's Android may ensure that Google will play a prominent role in the smartphone market for years to come, but its future in the tablet space is anything but guaranteed.
Apple's iPad is the tablet standard, and lower-end competitors like the Kindle Fire and NOOK Tablet use forked versions of Android that Google can't control or monetize. For a variety of reasons, Google hasn't thus far been able to rely on third party manufacturers to build a killer Android tablet.
And it's unlikely to get easier for the search giant any time soon.
The future may be mobile, but capitalizing on the mobile opportunity hasn't exactly been easy for many publishers and advertisers.
Despite the fact that mobile devices are always on and always connected, they have natural limitations which restrict where and how many ads can be served.
The Harry Potter series is one of the most popular series of books ever written, but if you're looking for your fix of wizardry, you'll have to put your Kindle down.
That's because Harry Potter's author, J.K. Rowling, has refused to sell her books in digital format directly through companies like Amazon.
Thanks to testimony in the Oracle-Google lawsuit over the use of Java in Android, we now know just how high Google's hopes for Android were in 2011.
According to Google VP Andy Rubin, the search giant was looking for Android tablets to account for 33% of the tablet market last year. The good news for Google was that the launch of Amazon's Kindle Fire may have brought Google within striking distance of that figure.
The rise of the tablet is one of the biggest trends in computing today and there's little reason to doubt that this trend won't get anything but stronger.
The new iPad smashed sales records, affordable tablets with rich content ecosystems like the Kindle Fire are helping bring these devices to the masses, and Intel is promising a slew of new tablets when Windows 8 is released later this year.
According to new research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 21% of American adults have read an e-book in the past year. In mid-December, that number stood at 17%.
Chalk that increase up to the rise of affordable e-readers and tablets, like the Kindle Fire and NOOK Tablet, which many Americans received as gifts this past holiday season.
Google may have plenty of reasons to be proud of its Android operating system, but when it comes to the Android ecosystem, another company may actually be having more success selling Android apps than Google is.
That company is Amazon, which last year launched its own Android app store, dubbed Amazon Appstore.
A modified version of Google's Android OS powers Amazon's popular Kindle Fire tablet, but being able to take some credit for the Fire's OS apparently isn't enough for the search giant.
Google reportedly believes that it needs a tablet of its own and it could start a fierce battle with Amazon as early as May when it releases an inexpensive 7-inch tablet to take on the Kindle Fire.
If you've noticed that smartphone displays seem to be getting larger, there's apparently a good reason for that: size matters to consumers, and bigger is apparently better.
That's according to a study conducted by research firm Strategy Analytics, which surveyed smartphone owners in the U.S. and U.K. about their size preferences.
Facing increased competition in the tablet space, Apple's still-dominant iPad has been expected to receive a refresh next month.
Today, Apple made it official by announcing an iPad-related event for March 7.