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Amazon may be planning an entire series of Android tablets

Multiple tablets and even a smartphone may be in the works from the world’s largest online retailer

By now, it is pretty much safe to assume that Amazon has a tablet up its sleeve, but new rumors are suggesting that the online retail giant may have a whole family of tablets hiding behind closed doors.

According to AndroidAndMe, an industry insider with “direct knowledge of the [Amazon tablet] project” reportedly tipped the website about Amazon’s Android plans. The source predicts multiple tablets and at least one smartphone are down the pipeline, all of which would focus heavily on e-book apps and kindle-like functionalities. Google is also reportedly working with Amazon directly on the Android devices as well.

Exactly who will manufacture the Amazon tablet is still a mystery, however, but previous reports hinted at Samsung or Quanta as potential companies. Now that we know there may be a diverse lineup of Amazon devices, there could be multiple key companies responsible for the multiple devices. As for the screen, AndroidAndMe expects Pixel Qi to provide the necessary components, as the company specializes in readability of LCD displays under high ambient light conditions.

Further information, such as the specs, included Android version, and possible 3G/4G connectivity options, will have to wait until a later date. If Amazon decides to market the devices as e-readers, however, then the internal hardware may be less of a focus compared to the importance of a brighter and eye-friendly screen.

Previous reports hinted at a Summer release of the Amazon tablet, but hopefully more concrete evidence will appear in the coming weeks. Nevertheless, we wouldn’t be surprised if another rumor popped up before any potential official announcements happen.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-05-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)