Amazon’s Android-powered tablet to be called KindleAir?

Posted on Aug 10 2011 - 11:29am by Julius

Amazon has recently purchased some domain names, including KindleAir.com, which has led to speculations that the company’s upcoming tablet will be named Kindle Air. Rumors have been floating around that Amazon will be releasing a new Kindle model after slashing the price of its refurbished Kindle 3 models.

Two of its domain purchases, kindlesocialnetworking.com and kinlesocialnetwork.com, come after news that the company has added social networking features to Kindle’s support site, kindle.amazon.com.

Amazon also acquired KindleAir.com through MarkMonitor after the domain has expired recently. Although MarkMonitor is currently listed as the registrant name, Amazon regularly uses the brand protection company for its new domain registrations.

KindleAir.com used to be a web comic that hinted at a Kindle version for the PC before it was launched in 2009.

The KindleAir could also be a a name for a new Amazon Kindle, which have been rumored over the past few days. Some reports suspect that the Kindle Air will be Amazon’s first Android-powered tablet PC.

This would make sense for the company, as the Kindle is an established brand that people easily recognize. So, calling their new tablet the KindleAir would be a smart move in order to further expand the Kindle brand to other devices.

In a previous study by Retrevo, Apple could face tough competition if Amazon releases its new, less expensive tablet PC. At least 55 percent of the study’s respondents said they would consider buying a tablet from Amazon.

 

via: Engadget

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