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With rumored phone, Amazon wants to be on all screens

Amazon’s press event could bring more than a new tablet and e-reader: A smartphone may be shown as well. It makes sense because consumers don’t just buy products, they buy ecosystems. And Amazon has one that it can extend to the small screen of a smartphone.

Amazon says Kindle Fire makes up 22% of U.S. tablet sales

Amazon says the Kindle Fire is sold out, meaning the company will definitely announce a new tablet at its press event next week. Meanwhile, Amazon says the Fire makes up 22% of the U.S. tablet market — suggesting actual sales far lower than early analyst estimates.

Amazon Appstore opens for business in Europe

Amazon is taking its Appstore for Android abroad for the first time, launching it in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The move was expected, and its eems to pave the way for an international launch of the Kindle Fire.

Why Amazon is getting into the smartphone race

Amazon is in the business of selling stuff, traditionally online but more recently in the form of a tablet, the Kindle Fire. Now, it’s reportedly looking at expanding to smartphones. Here’s a look at why and how Amazon might be able to pull it off.

Reports: Kindle Fire 2 coming this summer

Amazon is reportedly set to unveil a new version of its Kindle Fire tablet by August. A hurry-up launch could spike interest in its flagging Fire product but would also come at a time when a growing number of discount tablets are crowding the market.

Is a cheaper, ad-supported Kindle Fire on the way?

Amazon is reportedly trying to sell ads that would appear on the Kindle Fire’s welcome screen, at prices of at least $600,000 for a two-month campaign. Does that mean a cheaper, ad-supported Kindle Fire is coming soon?

Citi’s mobile banking app on Kindle Fire

After the launch of its iPad app, Citibank has launched its app for the Kindle. It is a sign that in the somewhat confusing Android world, Kindle Fire is proving to be an attractive option for app developers and mainstream brands.

Jumptap: Kindle Fire now grabs 1/3 of tablet traffic

Mobile ad provider Jumptap said data gathered through its ad network indicates that the Kindle Fire has grown to 33 percent of tablet traffic in January, up from 20 percent in December and 4 percent in November when it launched.

Kindle Fire

Amazon jumped into the tablet market with the Kindle Fire, announced in September 2011 and released in November. Although the low $199…

Amazon offers some Kindle numbers: 1 million sold a week

Though historically secretive about Kindle sales, Amazon is finally giving a glimpse of how its e-readers and tablets are doing. The company said that for the third straight week, it has sold well over 1 million Kindle units a week and Kindle Fire sales are increasing.

Kindle Fire’s lack of parental controls raises concerns

While the Kindle Fire has its share of hardware and software shortcomings, a bigger concern is emerging for parents who are thinking of buying the Kindle Fire: it has almost no restrictions to prevent children from accessing inappropriate content or buying whatever they like.

Analysts readjust holiday iPad sales expectations

Apple is likely going to sell a ridiculous amount of iPads this quarter. But some analysts are now telling their clients that their expectations for Apple’s tablet sales for the holidays should come down just a little bit closer to earth.

Developers see early boost from Kindle Fire

Amazon’s Kindle Fire has only been on the market for a few weeks but developers saying it’s providing a very significant lift in app sales because of its easy buying process. It’s giving Android tablet developers reason for a lot of optimism.

4 reasons for Amazon Kindle’s 4X sales boost

Amazon did some big Black Friday business with its Kindle devices, recording a 4x increase over the previous year, the company crowed today. The numbers show that Amazon is still accelerating its Kindle business and the Kindle Fire is likely contributing to the sales growth.

iPad or Kindle Fire: Which should you buy?

Amazon’s first foray into the tablet market, the Kindle Fire, is widely perceived as the first real competitor to the iPad. Here’s an outline of how the two compare, and which is better suited to which kind of gift recipient this holiday season.

U.S. tablet sales to soar as sharing of devices decreases

Tablets still tend to be early adopter devices, but they’re quickly becoming mainstream tools. By the end of 2014, one in every three Americans or 90 million users is expected to have a tablet, according to a new estimate by eMarketer.

Hands on with Kindle Fire: It’s mostly hot for $199

After deciding if I wanted a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet, I pre-ordered Amazon’s tablet just two days ago and it arrived at my home office today during lunch. Here are my first 30-minutes worth of impressions to share on the hardware, software, and user experience.

Unboxing: Amazon Kindle Fire

The highly anticipated Amazon Kindle Fire arrived in our offices on Monday, and here we unbox it and take our first look. The Kindle Fire is Amazon’s first foray into tablets after proving it knows a thing or two about e-book readers.

For Amazon & Kindle, brick & mortar stores key to success

Amazon is being widely viewed as the only legitimate challenger to Apple’s iPad. And while the online giant has a huge online presence, the crucial difference for the Kindle Fire’s success is going to be the old fashioned retail stores — especially the big ones.

JP Morgan: Kindle Fire expected to sell 5 million in Q4

Just weeks after dismissing the Kindle Fire as a potential challenger to the iPad, J.P. Morgan is now upping its assessment of the Amazon tablet, saying the device is expected to move 4.5 to 5 million units in the fourth quarter.

(Amazon) Silk or a spider web?

Of all the announcements from Amazon today, the most audacious one is about Silk, a hybrid browser that essentially pre-fetches the web, caches it and then serves it up to Fire owners. And that has implications – both good and bad, for consumers and Amazon rivals.

Kindle Fire’s media focus sets it up for success

The Kindle Fire is a straightforward tablet that doesn’t try to outdo the iPad but focuses on media consumption. It’s got simpler ambitions with pricing to match. And that’s why I think it’s going to do really well, by exceeding its set expectations. (With video demo.)

Why new Kindles will supplement, not replace, my iPad

As much as I’m tied into Apple’s ecosystem for hardware and apps, my e-book loyalty lies with Amazon. Luckily, Amazon’s design choices and pricing strategies, as revealed Wednesday with its latest Kindle line, mean I can have my cake and eat it, too.