As we anxiously await the September 6th press conference from Amazon, Reuters are reporting today that the next generation Kindle Fire will have a built in mapping service provided by Nokia instead of the homegrown Android built in Google Maps.
The nine month old Kindle Fire which never saw a UK release is now sold out in the US completely making it clear that something is most definitely in the pipeline.
Thursday will be the day of reckoning where we could see a whole host of new Kindle Devices including a new Fire, and a new Kindle Touch that contains a backlight.
It is also said that Amazon will add location capabilities to work alongside Nokia provided mapping which will of course require a GPS chip in the Fire.
The Kindle Fire launched last year at $199, and us folk in the UK have only seen the Google Nexus 7 come in at near this price point – which is of course much cheaper than the main tablet rival; the iPad.
Amazon wouldn’t be the first company to drop Google Maps in favour of an alternative. Apple will be dropping Google Maps in favour of their own mapping system with assistance from TomTom for iPhone and iPad users in iOS 6.
Roll on Thursday! It will certainly be interesting to see what Amazon pull out of their sleeves, and hopefully this time we will see an Amazon Tablet released in the UK! – Now we have the Amazon App Store on Android this does look much more likely.
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