Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kindle Fire Coming to the UK!

Amazon's product announcement last October may have been bittersweet for a lot of people in the U.K., who were enticed by the new Kindle Fire and the new Kindle Touches without any way to get them on Amazon.co.uk. But it looks like the Kindle Fire may actually be accessible sooner rather than later.

A couple of reports from DailyMail and The Inquirer state that the Kindle Fire will be launched in the U.K. in January, just after the holiday season. No word on when the Touch would be available, though it's conceivable it would happen at the same time. This would dramatically increase the current offerings of the basic Kindle and Kindle Keyboard. Although the price is $199 (£127) in the U.S., it may be somewhat more in the U.K., though still substantially less than what it would cost for an iPad.

For those who aren't familiar with the device, here's a description: "The Kindle Fire - a 7in IPS ultra-wide display, dual-core processor tablet - weighs 14.6oz and runs a customised version of Android. All of the content on the device is backed up in the cloud so users can delete things when they want. Content available will include 100,000 movies and TV shows, a million songs, apps from the Amazon Appstore and magazines."

It's important to note that there's no mention of the Amazon Appstore, which is currently available only in the U.S. I suspect there are a number of hurdles that must be overcome for offering downloadable apps across borders, but it's pretty inconceivable that the Kindle Fire could be launched without an accompanying appstore. Similarly, it's a good guess that there will be additions to the Amazon Prime UK program, which offers free 1-day delivery, cheap express delivery, and in the U.S. allows for free video viewing and Kindle book borrowing.

Ever since the Fire's first announcement, the demand for the device in the U.K. has been palpable. If you're among those interested in hearing about when the Kindle Fire becomes available in the U.K., submit your email address below. We will only use it for that purpose. 

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