The Kindle Fire is a tablet computer version of Amazon.com's Kindle e-book reader. Announced on 28 September 2011, the Kindle Fire will have a color 7" multi-touch display with IPS technology and run on a forked version of Google's operating system (OS) Android. It includes access to the Amazon Appstore, streaming movies and TV shows, and Kindle's e-books. It is scheduled to be released in the US in midNovember 2011. The device will be sold for US$199. Estimates of the device's initial bill of materials ranged from $150 to $190, with one analyst estimating a total production cost of $250. Some analysts expect the device to be a strong competitor to Apple's iPad. It has been suggested that Amazon's business strategy is to make money on selling content through the device, as well as the device acting as a storefront for physical goods sold through Amazon. The Kindle Fire's external dimensions are 7.5" Ă— 4.7", with the visible area of the screen a little smaller than a standard 4Ă—6" photograph.
The Kindle Fire, on its launch, will run a customized Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS on a 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4 dual-core processor. The screen is a touch-sensitive 1024Ă—600 7" color screen. Connectivity is through 802.11n Wi-Fi and USB 2.0 (Micro-B connector). The device will include 8 GB of internal storage â€” said to be enough for 80 applications, plus either 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books. Besides access to Amazon Appstore, the Kindle Fire will include a cloud-accelerated "split browser" called Amazon Silk using Amazon EC2 for off-device cloud computation; including webpage layout and rendering, and Google's SPDY protocol for faster webpage content transmission. The user's Amazon digital content is given free storage in the Amazon Cloud's web-storage platform, and a built-in email application allows webmail (Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL Mail, etc.) to be merged into one inbox. A subscription service providing unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows, Amazon Prime, is available, with a free trial period. Content formats supported are Kindle (.azw), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8. The Kindle Fire can access all the content offered by Amazon (so that includes MP3 and video streaming, though not in the UK unless it's announced). Amazon has said the Kindle Fire will have access to 100,000 movies and TV shows, 17 million songs, Kindle books and "hundreds" of magazines and newspapers. Amazon Prime Members enjoy instant, unlimited, commercial-free streaming of over 11,000 movies and TV shows at no additional cost. Kindle Fire comes with one free month of Amazon Prime.
There will also be free Amazon Cloud Storage. So that means you'll be able to start a movie on Kindle Fire and transfer it to your TV. There's also over 100 exclusive graphic novels, including Watchmen, the bestselling - and considered by many to be the greatest - graphic novel of all time, which has never before been available in digital format, as well as Batman: Arkham City, Superman: Earth OneGreen Lantern: Secret Origin and 96 others from DC Entertainment. There's full integration with Amazon's Whispersync tech. As you read a book on any Kindle device or app, your current place is synchronized across all your devices. The same will happen with movies and TV shows now too. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said at the launch: "Customers love Whispersync -- so we thought you know what people would really like? What if Whispersync also worked with movies and TV shows? Well it does. "When you get home, switch to your big screen TV. Your movie will be right where you left it. Kindle Fire is something which can be always useful and it will provide entertainment to you anytime anywhere. So donâ€™t think much, just get your own Kindle Fire as soon as it is available because that is one of the finest things your money can buy.