Tablets Update: The Kindle Fire, iPad, and an InfographicElance_Keith | Sep 30, 2011
With Amazon's announcement of its new Kindle Fire on Wednesday, the tablet marketplace received a healthy surge of excitement. After all, the original Kindle is projected by analysts to sell nearly 18 billion units this year and grow to a staggering 26 million units next year—numbers that better the market-leading iPad.
Some other highlights from the tablet universe:
- Reasearch and advisory company Gartner says that despite increased competition, Apple's iPad is still posied to dominate the tablet marketplace until at least 2014.
- Google has began preparing current "Honeycomb" Android developers for the impending release of Android 4.0, codenamed "Ice Cream Sandwich." While Honeycomb was optimized for tablets specifically, Google says that their newest update will be made for all mobile devices the same.
- There won't be mention of a new iPad at Apple's highly-anticipated iOS announcement on Tuesday morning.
While some would argue that the Kindle Fire isn't a comparable competitor to iPad and Android tablets, this is still a great opportunity to take a look at the current marketplace. Consumer website Sortable put together a great overview of the tablet space and how several competitors have sprung up in an attempt to dethrone the iPad, in a great visual. To view the full infographic, please visit Sortable's website here.