There's a market research and analytical firm called Flurry. You might not have heard of them, but I watch them because they occasionally release reports on market trends. The reports are worth reading, usually. (Flurry get their data from apps that are made by their partner developers. The apps include bits of code that report back to Flurry.)
If you have heard of Flurry, you probably remember them as the company that announced (before the iPad launched) that they were receiving data from 50 iPads. Flurry announced this on their blog in the weeks before the iPad launch last year, and it caused a fascinating uproar inside Apple.
I was hoping they could do something similar for the Amazon Tablet. If it ran Android then there's a good chance that Flurry would be getting data from at least 1 app. But then I thought it through and realized it probably wouldn't work.
If the AmTab is running Android then how exactly do you differentiate it from the mass of Android tablets? I'm not sure it's possible. This was easy with the iPad; all other iOS devices were iPhones or iPod Touches. But with Android tablets there are so many manufacturers out there that picking just 1 cluster of tablets out of the multitude is difficult at best.
I had raised this idea with Flurry a few weeks back, but I doubt my attempt to contact them got much beyond the first level of customer service. That's okay. This idea probably would not have worked anyway. If you can figure out how to make this work, please let me know. It's potentially a great idea.
image by Sam Howzit