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Amazon Working on Ad-Supported Tablet and Phone

Amazon.com is working on a low-price tablet partially supported by advertising, according to reports. The company uses a similar model with their basic Kindle reader, but this device would be a more complete Android tablet similar to the Kindle Fire.

Citing "people involved in the discussions," the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon is working on a low-price tablet that will be supported by advertising.

The device would cost less than similar devices without the advertising. Amazon has employed a similar model with their basic Kindles: the basic $79 Kindle also includes advertising. The company used to sell similar models without advertising for more, but has simplified the product line since.

This new device would, presumably, be an Android tablet similar to the Amazon Kindle Fire. According to the source, Amazon has discussed how some versions of the new tablet would connect to the Internet only through Wi-Fi networks.


Read BYTE's review of the Amazon Kindle Fire.

In July reports based on interviews with parts suppliers indicated that Amazon is also working on a smartphone.

Amazon has planned a media event next Thursday in Santa Monica, CA. It is possible that the new devices will be revealed there.

The Amazon Kindle Fire

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