The battle for supremacy in entry-level tablets keeps getting more and more interesting.
When Barnes & Noble
The Nook Tablet features double the RAM and initial storage capacity of the Kindle Fire. It also comes preloaded with streaming apps for Netflix
Did we really think that Amazon was going to let B&N have all of the fun? The leading online retailer revealed this morning that the Kindle Fire won't be restricted to Amazon's own massive ecosystem of digital media. Making the most of its Android roots, Amazon's tablet will also have access to thousands of vetted Android games and apps.
If the 18 million movies, TV shows, music tracks, books, and magazines available digitally from Amazon aren't enough, the Amazon Appstore is there for countless third-party diversions.
This morning's announcement singles out dozens of apps and developers that are on board. Social-gaming leaders Zynga and Electronic Arts
The consensus all along has been that the Kindle Fire and now the Nook Tablet won't be a threat to Apple's
Amazon and B&N will open up the market to new tablet users who weren't comfortable springing $500 or more for a portable leisure gadget. However, as third-party developers take over both iOS and Android devices, will price now become the driving factor?
This will be an interesting holiday season indeed.
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