Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has all but acknowledged that the company is coming out with its own multipurpose tablet computer — telling Consumer Reports last week to “stay tuned” when he was asked about the rumors.
“We will always be very mindful that we will want a dedicated reading device,” he told the magazine. “In terms of any other product introductions, I shouldn’t answer.”
Now come more alleged details, from an anonymous tipster quoted by Boy Genius Report: There will be at least two Amazon tablets this year, an entry level device going by the code name “Coyote” and an advanced one known internally as “Hollywood,” the latter running Nvidia’s souped-up T30 “Kal-El” quad-core processor, according to the BGR report.
Meanwhile, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Dana Stalder posted on Twitter over the weekend about rumors of Lab126 (the Amazon unit behind the Kindle) leasing “LOTS more space in Cupertino … across (the) street from Apple.” Lab126 is already is in the neighborhood, so the location wouldn’t be as newsworthy as the fact that it’s expanding, if it is. We’ve asked Amazon for confirmation.
Lab126 made news earlier this year when it posted a bunch of job listings for Android developers, fueling rumors that the devices will be based on the Google operating system.
Bottom line, there’s too much going on here for there to be nothing going on.
And if you ever get a chance to play poker with Jeff Bezos, jump at it.