Amazon.com Inc. plans to introduce a tablet computer before October, said people familiar with the matter, in a move that will heighten the online retailer's rivalry with Apple.
The Seattle-based company will also release two updated versions of its popular Kindle electronic reader in the third quarter of the year, the people said. One will be a touch-screen device. The other won't have a touch screen, but will be an improved and cheaper adaptation of the current Kindle, said people who have seen the device.
The tablet will have a 9" screen and it's going to run Android. And just like the rumors we've heard before, Amazon will use the tablet as a platform to sell video, audio and ebooks.
I still don't believe the tablet as a platform story. They don't need a platform to sell content, and I've said that before. The platform for selling content already exists; it's called Android tablets. There's a bunchaton of models to choose from.
On the other hand, the Kindle news is quite plausible. Amazon bought a touchscreen company last year, and it would make sense for them to integrate it into their ereaders.