What is happening with tablets? At one end of the market we have Apple with the iPad Pro, and at the other there’s Amazon with a $50 Fire tablet. Is polarization the inevitable future for the tablet market?
Those who have been following this news closely will note that this is a slight amendment on how Amazon used to deal with mobile HTML5 web apps.
In the past, the ecommerce giant has allowed developers to offer web apps through the Amazon Mobile App Distribution Program, but has always insisted that developers must first wrap their web application in native form by using software from the likes of PhoneGap or Titanium.
Now, however, developers must simply submit the existing URLs for their apps to the Appstore. They can also use Amazon’s in-app purchasing API to charge for in-app purchases using Amazon’s new digital currency, Amazon Coins.
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The offer, which only applies to the 16GB version of Nook Tablet that sells for $250, gives buyers a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card with their purchase. The gift card deal starts today and runs through July 29, 2012.
B&N already offers an 8 GB version of the Nook Tablet for $200.
This is the second bit of B&N tablet news floating around today following reports the company has a new 7-inch Nook Tablet in the works that promises "revolutionary" screen technology coming to market for the first time.
B&N faces two strong rivals on the 7-inch tablet front, the Amazon Kindle Fire and the recently introduced Nexus 7. Amazon is expected to rollout [...]
The company only released the original Nook Tablet back in early November of last year, but at $249 the Android tablet remains significantly more expensive than the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire, which more or less has the same specifications. However, the new Nook Tablet will have the same price point and on-board storage (8GB) as the Fire, a move which could yet open up the entry-level Android tablet market. Wal-Mart is planning to launch the new tablet at 12:01 AM on Wednesday 22nd February.
Recent estimates from market researchers suggest that the Kindle Fire has grown to occupy the number two spot in the tablet market, with Amazon selling around 3.9 million tablets in Q4. [...]